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Teens4TS blogger is named Tourette Syndrome Youth Advocate of the Year for 2012!

EmilyThe New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has announced that Emily Fleischman is the recipient of the first annual NJCTS Youth Advocate of the Year Award.

The Youth Advocate of the Year Award was established in 2012 to reward a teenager whose contribution makes a difference to New Jersey’s adolescent and pre-adolescent Tourette Syndrome community. An NJCTS Youth Advocate is a person whose dedication and actions improves awareness and helps break the stigma of TS by educating the public, medical professionals and educators about Tourette and by supporting kids and families living with the often devastating neurological disorder that affects 1 in 100 children and adults.

A NJCTS Youth Advocate lives out the mission of NJCTS and advances public perception, understanding and acceptance of people with TS and associated disorders such as OCD, ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Emily4The 17-year-old Fleischman, a Fort Lee resident and senior at River Dell High School, has been an integral part of the NJCTS community over the past several years – particularly in 2012, giving student-led peer in-service presentations to fifth- and sixth-graders at several North Jersey elementary schools and synagogues, writing and illustrating a children’s book about Tourette Syndrome, appearing on News12 New Jersey’s “To Your Health” show and regularly posting well-read topics on this blog.

Her book, “Emily’s Tic,” talks about life as a kid with TS – including her own challenges of facing bullying – and features a Tourette Syndrome fact sheet, information about NJCTS and Fleischman’s personal message of why advocacy for Tourette is such a big part of her life. It has been available on Amazon.com since February.

In July, she appeared with psychiatrist Dr. Tolga Taneli on “To Your Health,” a weekly show developed by News 12 to inform New Jersey residents about the latest trends in health care. Fleischman discussed numerous topics, none more important than her signature message of anti-bullying and self-advocacy.

“It is with great pleasure that we present the first annual NJCTS Youth Advocate Award to Emily Fleischman,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “She has been instrumental in educating children and teachers about Tourette Syndrome, raising awareness for anti-bullying campaigns and advocating on behalf of her and others in a way that commands attention, respect and action. We are very proud of her achievements.”

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4 Comments

  1. “Brynn’s Bizarre Behavior” has been selected as a finalist for “Favorite New Special-Needs Children’s Book” in the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards. The poll is up now on my site at http://specialchildren.about.com/b/2013/02/19/vote-for-favorite-new-special-needs-childrens-book-2.htm, and I’m attaching a graphic for your use. Please let your readers know about the poll, and that they can vote once a day, every day through March 19. Winners will be announced on March 27.

  2. Wow more good stuff from a teen with TS. I bet there are more of us out there than people realize. Is this blog new? I just found it.

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