For Immediate Release

Lynn McLarnon, Executive Director
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
T: 1-800-361-3120
lynn@tourette.ca
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

Pioneering Canadian Parent Advocacy Course to Launch in August

For the parents of a special needs student, the school system can present an overwhelming number of challenges to getting the accommodations their children require. According to Statistics Canada, nearly one-third of Canadian parents who reported needing special education services for their child said they had experienced difficulties
accessing them, with nearly half citing problems communicating with the school.

In response, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC), thanks to a generous $25,000 grant from Longo’s, has created Advocacy To The Rescue, an e-learning course for parents of exceptional children, including those affected by Tourette Syndrome and its associated conditions. The course is designed to create effective
parent advocates by building a solid foundation of critical advocacy skills over seven learning units.

“The need for parents to be schooled in effective advocacy for their children with exceptionalities has never been stronger” points out Dr. Norm Forman, professional parent advocate, psychologist, author, and creator of Advocacy To The Rescue as well as its instructor for the upcoming summer session. “Despite the best efforts of
schools and their staffs, funding shortfalls, confusing policies, bureaucratic obstacles, inconsistencies in the application of regulations, and the lack of a formal resource for resolutions makes it mandatory for parents to take control of their children’s educational opportunities. The rights of these children must be served and this can best
be achieved by having parents fully informed by participating in a parent advocacy course such as Advocacy To The Rescue.”

Nearly two years in the making, Advocacy To The Rescue is the only course of its kind in Canada offered at the national level by a national organization. It has received input from parents, members of the TSFC Board of Directors, learning consultants and TSFC staff.

The summer session begins Monday, August 6th and finishes at the end of September, just in time for parents to apply their advocacy skills in the new school year.

To schedule an interview with course creator Dr. Norm Forman or a parent of a child affected by Tourette Syndrome, please contact Lynn McLarnon at lynn@tourette.ca or 1-800-361-3120.

About the TSFC - Established in 1976, the TSFC is the only federally registered, charitable organization of volunteers assisting individuals affected by TS and its associated disorders through programs of education, advocacy, self-help and the promotion of research.