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February 2012 Newsletter 
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Tourette Connection Mtg 2/8
Family Event @ Party Fantasy 2/19
Family Night w/Dr. Doug Woods, Ph.D. 3/23
TSA-IL Meets James Durbin!
Win an James Durbin Autograph!
TS Camp Organization Events
TSA-IL on Rockland Radio Link
TSA-IL Links

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Upcoming Events
Feb 8th
Tourette Connection Community Mtg

Feb 19th
Fantasy Play Family Event (Mundelien)

March 24th  
TS Camping Organziation

Family Bowling

(Rolling Meadows)

March 23rd
Family Night with Dr. Doug Woods, Ph.d.  (Chicago)

April 17-22nd
TSA 2012 National Conference

April 17-19

April 19th 
TSA's Annual Trip to the Hill

April 19th-22nd
National Conference

June 3rd
Run for the Roses

June 24-30th
TS Camp @ YMCA Camp Duncan (Ingleside)




Happy February and Happy Valentine's Day!  Be sure to take a moment this month and tell your loved ones that you love them.  It sounds simple enough but often it is too easily forgotten in the chaos of our busy lives.


Make it a goal to tell your loved ones something you admire about them every day.

We hope to see you at a TSA-IL meeting or event soon!   



Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois (TSA-IL) 

The Tourette ConnectionTourette Connection
Wednesday, February 8th  7:00 pm 


B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE)

1201 Lake Cook Road,  

Deerfield, IL  (Area Map)


The Tourette Connection is for anyone whose life is affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS):  self, spouse, partner, child, sibling, teacher, health professional, etc...  Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month! 


Party Fantasy Family Event
Sunday, February 19th @ noon


Party Fantasy

342 Townline Road

Mundelein, IL 60060 (map)(847) 837-0010


TSA-IL & The Tourette Connection invite you to join us at Party Fantasy, 35,000 square feet of fun for everyone!


Please RSVP to [email protected] by Monday, February 6th (new extended deadline).


To view the Party Fantasy Flyer.. 

Family Night with Dr. Doug Woods, Ph.D.
Friday, March 23rd from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Doug Woods, Ph.D.
Lincoln Park Cultural Center
Chicago, IL 60614


The Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois (TSA-IL) and the Chicago Community Group are pleased to
present an opportunity for you to participate in an informal Family Meeting with Dr. Doug Woods, Ph.D.  
Dr. Woods is a specialist in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention Training also known as CBIT.  CBIT is a non-drug treatment for helping to reduce tic severity.


This is a free event, open to anyone with an interest or questions about Tourette Syndrome (TS) and other disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Trichotillomania (hair loss caused by compulsive pulling or twisting of the hair until it breaks off).


For additional information about Doug Woods...

Some Lucky TSA-IL Members Meet James Durbin!      
James Durbin with Ben Johnson


Rocker James Durbin dazzled judges and received more than 72 million votes last year while on American Idol Season 10


James may have come in 4th place on Idol, but in our books, he's a true winner and inspiration of what you can do when you set goals and remain focused!   


James didn't always have it easy.  James' father died from a drug overdose when James was only 9.  A year later he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and Tourette Sydrome.  James was bullied and often felt like an outsider.  He admits he was angry and could have handled many situations better. He tried out for Season 8 of American Idol and didn't make the cut.  Life certainly didn't seem fair to James.  


James didn't let his challenges and failures deter him, he kept driving forward.  Now at age 22, James has a 2 year old son, Hunter, a wife - Heidi, finished in 4th place on American Idol Season 10, in addition to earning a Homecoming which is typically reserved for Idol's top three contestants, he has appeared on Late Night with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Conan O'Brien Show (his favorite show), released his first CD - Memories of a Beautiful Disaster - of which he co-wrote five of the songs.  James has worked hard and made his dreams a reality. 


Thank you James for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with several TSA-IL members and to share with them they are not alone and they are not defined by their Tourette Syndrome. 

James Durbin signing a
TSA-IL t-shirt!
Win a "Keep on Ticcin" t-shirt signed by James Durbin!  

Would you or like to have a James Durbin autograph?


*Submit a question for James to [email protected] by Feb 20th


*Include your name, question, address and age (if under the age of 18)


Each submitted question will be entered into a drawing to win either an autographed "Keep on Ticcin'" TSA-IL t-shirt* or an autographed 8x10 picture of James Durbin. 


*Signed t-shirt sizes available: Youth Large, Adult Small, Large and X-Large.   

Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization (TSCO)

Be sure to check out the  

TSCO website details about their upcoming events and opportunities to meet the Camp Staff, along with 2012 Camp Registration information at Camp Duncan.

TSA-IL on Dialogues with Dan, Rockland
World Radio
Dialogues with Dan


On December 27th our very own Executive Director, Sande Shamash, was interviewed on the Dialogues with Dan show on Rockland World Radio.  Sande and Dan had a dynammic conversation about Tourette Syndrome and provided a lot of wonderful information. 


To listen to the TSA-IL Interview... 

 "You come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."  

                     --Sam Keen