PTA Council to host speaker with Tourettes
Published 6:46 pm, Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Westport PTA Council will host Marc Elliot, a speaker with Tourette Syndrome and other issues, on Wednesday, Nov. 28. He will present his talk titled "What Makes You Tic?" at 7:30 p.m. in the Staples High School auditorium, 88 North Ave.
Elliott gives his talk at schools around the country to share a positive perspective on fitting in and feeling comfortable with others and lessons about tolerance in the face of significant issues, according to a release. He also aims to help people understand how to create a culture of tolerance in schools and around the nation.
Elliot, 27, a St. Louis native, was born with Hirschsprung disease, an affliction leaving him with only four feet of small intestine and hence an inability to digest his own food. Doctors in St. Louis successfully treated the disease.
At age five, he showed symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, an involuntary physical action or vocal outburst known as tics. He was diagnosed with it at 9 years old, and it worsened in middle and high school to the point where outbursts became "atrocious," Elliot said. He also developed obsessive-compulsive disorder, the release states.
After studying biology at Washington University in St. Louis, he planned to become a doctor.
Instead, he has made creating a culture of tolerance in schools and around the world his life calling after embarking on a speaking tour that was originally intended to be a temporary stint.
Admission is free.