TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado designating June 4 of each year as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in New Jersey.
“One in 100 children are impacted by Tourette syndrome in New Jersey,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer), a longtime advocate for those with Tourette syndrome. “People who cope with this syndrome often face significant challenges. By designating June 4 as ‘Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day,’ we can raise awareness, support research, and decrease the stigma surrounding this condition.”
The bill was signed into law by Murphy on July 20.
The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome defines Tourette syndrome(TS) as a neurological disorder that is often characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, known as tics. Tics typically first become apparent between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old. These tics can worsen during times stress or excitement.
Bateman and Corrado noted that TS can place pressures on the students that have tics, if school systems are not aware and educated about this neurological disorder.
“Far too many children coping with Tourette syndrome are victims of bullying,” Corrado said. “We must continue to do everything we can to help our children grow and create more tolerant classrooms. It is our hope that ‘Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day’ will encourage schools and communities to provide teachers and students with the educational resources necessary to foster awareness.”