2020 was a hard year to celebrate, and 2021 may be just as difficult. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Tourette’s Awareness Day in our own unique way.
Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Day will be on 8th June 2022. It is during a month long celebration of raising awareness for the condition, between 15th May- 15th June. Some countries celebrate certain weeks within these months.
Here is a list of events being held by country, and I will add more when I find out more information for 2021.
Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Month- USA
Tourette Association of America (TAA) hold awareness month between May 15- June 15. For over 50 years the organisation has helped raise awareness and continue to do so.
Using the hashtag #MyTourette, individual stories and experiences are shared online. The community also share downloadable pictures and covers to social media and use the tag #TourettePledge to help make TS a disorder to be taken seriously.
Along with fundraising runs, virtual conferences and collectively wearing the color teal, this event is a wonderful community gathering. I am sure there is more in store this year.
Tourette’s Awareness Month- UK
After speaking to a member of Tourette’s Action via email, I was told TS Awareness Day is 8th June 2021 in the UK. However a few days later, their official Instagram page also contacted me and stated it is the 7th. And with more information pointing to the 7th I will stick with this day. However there is nothing stopping you from making it a two day event!
According to AwarenessDays, Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Month is between June 1- June 29. This is one of the only places I could find information about 2021, as all other articles lead back to previous years.
This links to the UK charity Tourette’s Action and in previous years they held a #MoveForTourettes campaign. You set your own goal, whether doing ten walking laps in the garden to doing a 10km run. Virtual groups were encouraged last year during the lockdown, and those that took part received a Tourette’s Awareness medal, certificate and wristband.
Also, Virgin Money Giving has set up a fundraising page to donate profits to if you would like to donate.
TS Awareness Week- Australia
Tourette’s Syndrome Association of Australia (TSAA) held a week long awareness on 6-12 May 2019, and on 4-10 May 2020. It is rumored to be May 5-11 May 2021 but yet to be confirmed.
Over on the TSAA website, they provide more information on the awareness event. They even offer downloadable packs for those struggling during the pandemic. A very kind gesture!
TS Awareness Month- Canada
Tourette Canada also celebrate between 15th May- 15th June, and in 2020 made it known.
Throughout the country Canadian landmarks were illuminated teal for the #LightItTeal campaign, and children were encouraged to download pictures of light-bulbs from their website to color in teal. These were placed on their window to be shared online by the organization.
Keep up to date moving forward
As different countries celebrate in different ways, I will try to share each and every event I can find here and update it here. Tourette’s Syndrome is a condition that is still widely misunderstood, and awareness days aren’t as apparent compared to other disorders. But with each year that passes there is another opportunity to give it the recognition sufferers deserve.