NJCTS Youth Advocate Tess Kowalski delivered a moving keynote address at the 2016 Dare to Dream Student Leadership Conference at Mercer County Community College on April 29.
The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs sponsors regional Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences that highlight strategies and information to prepare high school students with disabilities for college and career readiness. Each conference features keynote presentations from accomplished students and young adults with disabilities who have demonstrated exemplary self-advocacy and leadership skills.
As teens and young adults living with Tourette Syndrome—a misunderstood, misdiagnosed neurological disorder characterized by involuntary sounds and movements known as tics—NJCTS Youth Advocates are uniquely positioned to speak to and inspire others who are overcoming obstacles. Advocates are trained to educate others about Tourette Syndrome promoting acceptance, tolerance, self-advocacy, and leadership.
“Tess did an outstanding job at the Mercer conference,” said Bob Haugh, Project Coordinator for Dare to Dream. And we couldn’t agree more!