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The Tourette Association of America


Tourette Association

The Tourette Association of America announces second annual Virtual Gala
 on October 28
The interactive event will honor Premier League Sports Analyst Tim Howard, Nick Ladevaio of L’Oreal USA, and Michael Bamberger
Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. As the only nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide ongoing support. The TAA directs a network of 31 Chapters and more than 85 support groups across the country and recognizes 18 Centers of Excellence.
Tim Howard
2021 Gala Honoree Tim Howard is an NBC Sports Premier League Analyst and former United States Men’s National Soccer Goalkeeper. In his book, The Keeper: A Life Of Saving Goals And Achieving Them , Howard goes into detail about the impact of Tourette Syndrome on his early life. In 2014, the Tourette Association of America (TAA), described him as the "most notable individual with Tourette S y ndrome around the world" when he was deemed a "Champion of Hope" for the "tremendous courage he displayed in sharing his story on an international platform, educating the public on a disorder that is so seldom talked about, and encouraging young people living with TS to speak out about their experiences."
Nick Ladevaio
2021 Gala honoree Nick Ladevaio is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at L’Oreal USA. Nick has had a 32-year professional career that has spanned multiple industries and functions across Fortune 500 global companies. Over the course of his L’Oreal journey he has successfully worked with and developed employees from all levels: C-Suite, Senior-level executives, field/store level employees, as well as professional all professional functions such as marketing, finance, sales, IT, HR, Digital, Education, Distribution and Research and Development.  
Michael Bamberger
2021 Gala honoree Michael Bamberger has a broad background in constitutional law, intellectual property, and media law (both from the counseling/transactional and litigation perspective), corporate and securities law and business law.
Michael is one of the leading First Amendment lawyers in the US. He has appeared before the US Supreme Court, nine federal courts of appeals, the New York Court of Appeals, federal and state trial courts, and the state supreme courts of Arkansas, Georgia, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee. A scholar on limited liability companies and partnerships, he has counseled and written widely on the subject, as well as taught the subject at both Cardozo Law School and the University of California, Berkeley, Law School.
Amanda Talty, CEO/President of The Tourette Association of America Brings over 15 years of experience developing and implementing strategic programs designed to spark organizational growth and sustainability. Under her leadership, Amanda has championed the development of programs and initiatives that have reduced organizational deficit by $1.3 million and increased fundraising revenue by 42%. As a result of her commitment to the individuals, families and supporting members of the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, Amanda has played a tremendous role in helping the Association navigate new revenue streams through development of strategic priorities and partnerships that ensure the success and sustainability of the organization.
Amanda has been recognized several times for her exemplary leadership, and has a proven record of building successful relationships with individuals of all backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Prior to joining the TAA, Amanda brings almost 20 years of experience to the nonprofit sector developing and implementing strategic programs designed to spark organizational growth and sustainability.
Tourette Association of America Annual 2021 Virtual Gala
A fun, interactive, and accessible format for all! In addition to the program, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an online auction.
October 28 th at 7 pm EST

1 in 100 school-aged children are impacted by Tourette Syndrome (TS) or a Tic Disorders. It is now estimated that 1 million Americans are impacted and 50% are going undiagnosed. In addition, 86% of individuals have at least one other co-occurring condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning difficulties. These can range from mild to severe and disabling. Individuals, especially children, with TS and Tic Disorders are also impacted by other issues, such as bullying and social exclusion.
Donations from the 2021 Gala will help benefit research, support necessary programs, and foster social acceptance of Tourette.
Livestream tickets are $25 while sponsorships start at $1,500
About the Tourette Association of America
Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America (TAA) is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. As the only national organization serving this community, the TAA works to raise awareness, advance research, and provide ongoing support to patients and families. To this end, the TAA directs a network of 31 Chapters, 85 support groups and recognizes 18Centers of Excellence across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at , and on Facebook Twitter Instagram and YouTube .
About Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by sudden, involuntary movements and/or sounds called tics. They can include eye blinking, head jerking and facial movements — throat clearing, sniffing and tongue clicking.
The involuntary utterance of obscene words is called coprolalia , and it’s much rarer than people think: Only 10 percent of people diagnosed with Tourette experience these symptoms.
There is no cure for Tourette. The cause also remains unknown, but it is thought to involve genetic, neurological and environmental factors that can be treated.
Tourette is underdiagnosed. Many children, parents, teachers and even physicians don’t fully understand TS, which can lead to bullying, a lack of community support, an improper diagnosis, lack of quality education, and a host of other issues that impair the quality of life for someone with TS.

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