Living with neurological disorders can be full of challenges for both children and adults. The good news is that life with these disorders can still be filled with joy and adventure. It just takes some creative thinking and flexibility to get there, and that’s what I’m here to help with! Visit me on my own site, brittanyfichterwrites.com, if you want to know more!
Tourette Syndrome, despite all the information we’ve gained in the last 15 years, is still a hard topic to find information on. Unfortunately, the media has chosen to pick out the parts of the disorder that it deems funny, and the rest of the information seems tucked away in textbooks on dusty corners of doctors’ desks.
Well, no more. Here is the 7th of 10 questions that touch on topics I’ve talked about with parents of children (and individuals) with Tourettes multiple times. You want a quick, easy answer to share with someone who doesn’t understand? Hopefully, I’ll have it right here as part of this series!
In case you missed them, here are links to the first 6 parts:
Also, if you want more information about a certain topic, I’ve linked related posts underneath each answer. My related posts will have more sources that you can look up on the topic if you so desire.
Can People with Tourettes Go to School or Hold Jobs?
KidsHealth.org reports that doctors are actually thinking more people have Tourettes than they previously thought. Why is this good news? Because it means many people who qualify for Tourettes aren’t severe enough to need a diagnosis to get through life. Many people are like me. I meet every requirement to qualify for Tourettes, but the disorder never affected my life severely enough to need legal action at school or at home.
For people who struggle with severe forms of the disorder, there is help. The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the greatest protections this country has for people who struggle with disorders. The Tourette Syndrome Association reports that Tourette Syndrome is covered by the Federal Department of Justice, preventing employers or other everyday organizations or persons from excluding people with Tourettes on grounds of the disorder. In his book, “Front of the Class,” Brad Cohen describes how he printed out a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act on a card, and kept it in his pocket at all times in case someone tried to discriminate against him.
If a disorder does make education difficult for a child, there are legal documents parents and schools can work to put together called IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) or 504 Plans that aim to provide the child with the least restrictive learning environment while meeting that child’s individual learning needs.
For more information, see: Special Needs Accommodations in College