The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has graciously accepted a grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation to help fund the 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend in 2013 at YMCA Camp Bernie. The grant will be used to underwrite the cost of kids and families attending the event, which each year attracts scores of families affected by Tourette Syndrome in New Jersey and the surrounding region.
The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation, like NJCTS, is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to help children who have Tourette Syndrome learn how to exist in the real world with others who don’t understand. It supports the socialization, achievement and education of individuals with Tourette and the nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs of those with TS.
“We are excited to announce the Fall 2012 recipients of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation grants,” the Foundation said in a prepared statement announcing NJCTS and seven other organizations nationwide as grant awardees. “Each of these organizations coordinates programs that support the mission and vision of our Foundation. The programs will be making a difference in the lives of children with Tourette Syndrome across the United States.”
NJCTS’ Family Retreat Weekend is one of those programs, providing workshops focusing on self-esteem, social skills, advocacy, TS-symptom coping mechanisms, anti-bullying techniques and strategies for dealing with the everyday stresses of life with TS. These workshops are built around a fun, family-oriented weekend that champions a nonthreatening, nurturing environment.
“We are honored to receive this grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation and appreciate Foundation President Brad Cohen’s commitment to serving children and teenagers with TS,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “We believe the tools and strategies delivered at our Family Retreat Weekend address issues TS children and families face each day and are grateful that the Foundation has partnered with us in our quest to provide support for the 1 in 100 kids affected by this often devastating neurological disorder.”
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New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc.
Collaborative partnerships for the TS community.