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Susan Conners to speak about Tourette syndrome at Museum of disABILITY History

by jmaloni


Wed, Apr 30th 2014 01:30 pm

Presentation to focus on strategies and techniques for working with persons with Tourette syndrome

As part of its "Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series," the Museum of disABILITY History welcomes Susan Conners, author and president and founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State. Her presentation, titled "Tourette Syndrome - What makes us tic?" will take place Friday, May 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 3826 Main St., Buffalo.

Conners will focus on a number of topics relating to Tourette syndrome, including criteria for diagnosis, common neurological disorders, as well as strategies and techniques for working with persons with Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders.

Conners, M.Ed., was a middle school teacher for 33 years and helped found the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State in 1984. She has been president of the organization ever since. A Snyder resident, she served on the National Tourette Syndrome Association's board of directors for 12 years and was also founder and chairperson of its educational committee.

Conners recently had her first book published ("The Tourette Syndrome and OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Educators"). She has also consulted with and made appearances on numerous television programs, including ABC's "20/20," the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary "I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me," and a BBC Discovery Channel special on Tourette syndrome, to name a few.

The "Dialogues on disABILITY" event is $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, students and human service employees. Tickets include admission to the gallery space of the Museum of disABILITY History. For more information or to register, call 716-629-3626.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities, as well as society's reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main St., Buffalo, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.

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