“…I can say that I have never felt as welcomed and accepted as I did when I attended the conference.” –2018 Conference attendee
The biennial Tourette Association of America (TAA) National Conference is an informative, welcoming event for the Tourette Syndrome community. It is an opportunity to learn about the complexities of this misunderstood disorder and connect with community of people with TS, their parents and loved ones, as well as the medical professionals, educators, and researchers who specialize in TS and its comorbid conditions.
Every two years we assemble the leading experts and most inspiring figures in the Tourette community to help all attendees build better lives with TS. Whether you or your child is newly diagnosed, or if you have been managing your tics for years, there is something new to learn and new connections to make.
“It was nothing short of a stellar experience, and will never be forgotten. I took 16 pages of notes over the course of the weekend and I still peruse through them frequently to spark motivation and remind myself of how my difficult situation does not need to come with a sour ending. Not to mention, I’ve made a great number of friends and inherited “family members” throughout the process. My journey is just beginning!” –2018 Conference attendee
“After our 9 year old son was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, we turned to the TAA for help and information. One of the first things we did was attend the National Conference. I remember my son saying “Mom, this is awesome! These kids understand me!!!” It was a turning point in both of our lives!” – Rovena Schirling, TAA Board Member
This year, to allow more families to attend, the National Conference has a new schedule!
It will begin with an opening party on Friday night, May 15. Conference sessions will start first thing Saturday morning and continue through Sunday afternoon.
As in previous years, there will be five tracks for attendees, including specific programming for adults with TS, teens with TS, parents, medical professionals, and now children 8-12.
The full agenda will be posted here in early 2020.
Your registration fee includes admission to any and all Conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, as well as admission to the welcome party Friday night. We are proud to announce new lower registration fees, and a new child rate, to make it easier for families to attend. Check out the Registration Page for more information!
Breakfast is included both days, as are all refreshment at the party Friday May 16. A long lunch break has been added on Saturday to allow attendees to enjoy the numerous local restaurants nearby.
The Research Symposium will take place on Friday May 15, the day before the National Conference. This will be a day-long event — for researchers, by researchers —with the intention of updating scientists and students about the latest research in the field of TS and related tic disorders. You can find more information here