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Take the Tourette Pledge to stop using Tourette Syndrome as a punchline.

Posted on 29 October 2019 by Helen Eadie


Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving.  A day where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes and communities that mean so much to them. It is a day to celebrate and encourage giving in all its forms.  This year Giving Tuesday lands on the 3rd December, and we are asking people to unite with us in taking the


Tourette pledge to stop using Tourette Syndrome as a punchline.



It will take less than a minute of your time to add your name and make your pledge.  Our aim is to reach 1000 pledges before the 3rd December.


We understand that humour can be intimately linked with aspects of Tourette Syndrome.  Sharp wit, creative flare, and surreal and imaginative wordplay can bring joy and laughter to those with TS and their friends and families.  However, wha's upsetting is seeing TS used as a comedy device, a piece of shorthand to explain non-conforming or "otherness" behaviour in a negative, derogatory manner.  As harmless as intentions may be, using TS as a punchline reduces public perception of this complex neurological condition, into one that is funny and not to be taken seriously.


Why is it OK to make a mockery of a neurological condition, and in some cases a disability, when it's certainly not OK to publically joke about race, gender or sexuaity?  Our pledge to stop using Tourette Syndrome as a punchline is not about being politically correct; it's not about being humourless.  We're simply asking people to think about their impact, and find another way to make their point, because reinforcing two-dimensional stereotypes serves nobody; it just feeds into the insidious problem of defining individuals by their condition, and what's worse, a mis-leading caricature of that condition.


Please sign the pledge online today and share amongst your circles so that we can each do our part in Giving Tuesday, and give dignity back to the TS community.


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