Rebroadcast: Living with Tourette Syndrome

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Muscle twitches that come out of nowhere; facial tics that are impossible to hide; uncontrollable urges to shout. For people with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological condition present in .6% of children, these tics are an unavoidable part of life. Educational campaigns have been increasing public awareness about TS, but there are still many people who misunderstand the nature of this disorder. We hear from a performing artist, a memoirist, and a high school student about living with Tourette Syndrome.


Michael Chichioco, youth ambassador, Tourette Association of America; a senior at St Ignatius High School

Chris Mason, author, "What Makes Me Tic: Living With Tourette Syndrome" and "Touretters"

Kevin McNaught, executive vice president of research & medical programs,The Tourette Association of America

Jess Thom, co-founder of English theatre group "Touretteshero," which will perform "Backstage in Biscuit Land" at the San Francisco International Arts Festival