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About Us

The mission of the New York City Chapter of the Tourette Association is:


  • to promote a greater awareness and understanding of Tourette Syndrome;

  • to promote the general welfare of people with Tourette at home, at work, in the community and in schools;

  • to provide support services to people with Tourette and to their families;

  • to provide opportunities for people with Tourette and their families to meet and exchange ideas, through symposiums, workshops and social events;

  • and to promote advocacy for the Tourette patient and family.


Please see our DISCLAIMER at the bottom of this page. To view our by-laws, please click here.





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The New York City Chapter of the Tourette Association provides assistance and information to newly diagnosed individuals and their families. The membership dues paid to TAA National only cover a fraction of the costs needed to support our families.  Please help us by making a financial contribution to support our efforts to advocate and raise awareness, provide training, and day-to-day support to those who need us most.  Donations are vital to the organization’s ability to provide the community with both services and events.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible.  You will receive a letter via email confirming your donation for tax purposes.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 


Categories of Giving:
$5,000 and over: Benefactor
$2,000 - 4,999: Patron
$500 -1,999: Partner
$100 - 499: Friend
$10 - 99: Supporter


To make direct NYC Chapter contributions, please mail to:

Tourette Association of New York City

425 Riverside Drive, 11F
New York, NY 10025


A copy of the Chapter's latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271.



The Chapter relies on its volunteers to get the job done. If you would like to volunteer by joining one of the following committees, please call the Chapter at 917-447-6889 or email us today.


One Tic at a Time Education & Outreach

This committee spearheads our One Tic at a Time in service education program whereby trained representatives go into NYC schools to raise Tourette awareness within the school community and to educate and assist professionals in serving students with Tourette and their families.

Family Events and Support

This committee is responsible for organizing events for families with children with Tourette in our community such as our annual Bowling Party and our monthly Support Group.

Young Adult, Adult and Social Events

This committee is responsible for organizing events for young adults and adults with Tourette as well as friends of the Tourette community such as our monthly social Meet Up.



This committee organizes our annual Summer Benefit, a comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club featuring a Take-A-Chance Auction with fabulous prizes. In the future, this committee needs to apply for grants and to approach service groups.Communications: This committee edits our newsletter and website and directs public relations.



Board of Directors


Co-Chair: Lisa Hazen

Co-Chair: Chelsea White

Secretary: Elana Oppenheim

Treasurer: Lil Arbogast


Gardiner Comfort

Jeff Feuer

Roy Havrilack

Jodi Schaiman

Gary Schneidkraut

Lisa Torres

Sam Wagner


Co-Founders & Board Members Emeritus:

Donald Donin

Lois Linet


If you are a member of the New York Chapter and would like to attend a Board meeting, please call the chapter at 917-447-6889



Professional Advisory Board


Barbara J. Coffey, M.D.
Patricia A. Flynn, Ph.D.
Emily Kelman-Bravo, M.S.W.
Les Linet, M.D.


Honorary Board


Polly Draper
Ruth Nass, M.D.
Oliver Sacks, M.D.
Paige Vickery
Michael Wolff





The information contained in the Web site of the New York City Chapter of the Tourette Association Inc. (NYC-TSA) is for informational and educational purposes only. While it is based on professional advice, published experience and expert opinion, it does not represent a therapeutic recommendation or prescription. We urge you to consult your own medical provider.


The TAA-NYC makes no expressed or implied warranties or representations of any kind regarding any of the information contained in its Web site; disclaims all liability of any kind for the content of any information transmitted to or received by any individual or entity in connection with such individual or entity's use of the TAA-NYC Web site;and does not endorse or recommend in any way any such information.


With respect to legal issues you should contact your own legal adviser(s).


In consideration of your accessing the TAA-NYC Web site, you agree that:
under no circumstances shall TAA-NYC, its volunteers, employees, or directors be liable for any damages whatsoever in connection with, arising out of, or resulting from your use of the TAA-NYC Web site or any information contained in the TAA-NYC Web site or referred to in the TAA-NYC Web site; and you will defend, indemnify same and hold harmless TAA-NYC, its employees, volunteers and directors from any and all suits, claims, demands, causes of action, judgments, damage, losses, liabilities and expenses, including attorney fees, consultant fees and expert witness fees arising out of or resulting from your use of the TAA-NYC Web site or any information referred to or contained therein.


Any e-mail or other information sent to TAA-NYC may be used by TAA-NYC in furtherance of its corporate purposes, including but not limited to, compiling databases and developing promotional materials, testimonial materials and responses to inquiries. For your e-mail to remain private, you must expressly state that request in your correspondence. Any hypertext link contained in the TAA-NYC Web site is provided for convenience only.


TAA-NYC possesses no control whatsoever over such links or any sites linked thereby; makes no expressed or implied warranties, representations or endorsements of any kind regarding any linked site; and assumes no liability of any kind for information contained in any linked site.


Materials copyrighted by TAA-NYC or any other individual or entity are for personal use only and may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner unless prior written consent is obtained from TAA-NYC.



TAA-NYC Coverage

The TAA-NYC services the following boroughs of New York:


  • Bronx

  • Brooklyn

  • Manhattan

  • Queens

  • Staten Island

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