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Restore Funding for Tourette Syndrome in PA State Budget

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Governor Corbett eliminated $150,000 in funding for Tourette Syndrome in his upcoming State Budget. Since 1993, the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA) has provided information, education and disability advocacy to individuals with Tourette Syndrome through a grant from the PA Department of Health. This funding helps individuals with this misunderstood neurological condition be supported and accepted within their schools, families, and communities.

The symptoms of Tourette Syndrome can be debilitating, but worse still is the treatment received by sufferers when those around them do not understand their struggles. Funding for Tourette Syndrome has truly made a difference in the lives of many children and adults with TS. This funding provides information to help family members understand their diagnosis. It provides training to teachers who can then support them within the school setting. And it provides sensitivity training to peers to reduce teasing and bullying. The support and education provided by the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance cannot be replaced. Pennsylvania cannot afford to terminate these services.

Please sign below if you believe that it is important to educate people about Tourette Syndrome, support the needs of individuals with Tourette Syndrome and provide disability advocacy to help them succeed. Your support will be relayed to our Legislators as they fight to restore this funding!

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