We would like to welcome you to our blog "The Traveling Tic" documenting our journey as Mother and Son promoting Tourette Syndrome Awareness. Most of the postings (dating back to January of 2011) follow Kenny's travels across the State of Washington as a Youth Ambassador and Support Group Leader with the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).
Currently Kenny is working on his Eagle Scout Project which will focus on educating teachers, school district administrators, school board members, professionals, parents and students on I.E.P.s (Individual Education Plans) and Tourette Syndrome Awareness. Basically, Kenny is organizing a training/workshop for local school districts to accomplish this goal. He will be one of the presenters as well. I will post more on this exciting event in the future!
We pray that this Blog will both educate and inspire you! Most importantly, we hope to offer important information, resources, encouragement, and finally hope for others dealing with the diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome or any other co-morbid conditions that often accompany this diagnosis. Our journey hasn't been easy, but it's been blessed! Enjoy!
Carla and Kenny Richards
WA & OR TSA Support Group Leaders
TSA Youth Ambassador Team
- Welcome To Our Blog!
- About Us
- Our Tourette Syndrome Story
- Contact Kenny Richards ( WA/OR TSA Youth Ambassador) & Carla Richards (Mrs. Washington 2010) to Speak at your School or Club!
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- IN THE NEWS! - Articles Featuring Kenny!
- Check Out Kenny's "Traveling Tic" Televised Documentary Commercial!
- Kenny's Eagle Scout Project: Understanding Tourette Syndrome & Individual Education Programs
|Kenny received the President's Volunteer Service Award for making a difference in the community through Scouts, Church, our Special Needs Support Group, and as a Youth Ambassador for the National Tourette Syndrome Association!|
|Kenny receiving his President's Volunteer Service Award from Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs.|
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|Kenny speaking at his Alma Mater Idlewild Elementary promoting Tourette Syndrome Awareness. It was great to be back!|
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|Kenny traveling again, but this time on a plane Hawaii Bound!|
|Kenny catching a wave learning how to surf finally just like his Dad!|
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|Kenny addressing the Lakewood City Council educating them on what he has been doing as a Youth Ambassador and Support Group Leader in trying to make a difference in the lives of Special Needs Children.|
|Kenny with the Lakewood City Council holding his Congressional Record Documents|
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to receiving the 2012 national TSA's Zak Hollis Youth Achievement Award,
Kenny was presented with a certificate of Congressional
Recognition, along with a letter of congratulations - both encased in a
U. S. House of Representatives binder from the Hon. Adam Smith, U. S.
Congressman from Washington state.|
Kenny met with Congressman Smith during TSA's annual "Trip to the HIll" during TSA's 2012 National Conference.
|Kenny holding his Letter and certificate of Recognition in its Congressional binder right after he receive in the mail!|
|Letter to Kenny from Congressman Smith dated July 3, 2012|
|U. S. Congress House of Representatives certificate of Recognition|
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|After being awarded the 2012 National Zak Hollis Youth Achievement Award in Washington D.C. , Kenny came home to being featured in newspaper articles to include this one released in the Fort Lewis Ranger & McChord Airlifter.|
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|Cathy Budman, Todd Henry & Kenny - The event was a success!|
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2012 National Tourette Syndrome Association Conference Trip - Day 8, Visiting Friends & Heading Ho me
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|Kenny with Richard Paul Evans - #1 best selling author of "The Christmas Box" and Keynote Speaker during today's lunch hour. He was fabulous!|
|It was a pleasure to meet and visit with another pageant sister Blair Abene - Miss Louisiana 2009. Blair herself has Tourette Syndrome and have used her title to promote TS Awareness.|
|Kenny with David Pittman - the first contestant with TS to make the Top 70 cut on American Idol - Season 9. Now he is using his fame and musical talent to continue to promote TS Awareness.|
|Kenny with his Aunt's Nephew from Texas - I guess you could say they are cousins through marriage. It was great for them to meet each other at the Conference!|
|Kenny with Michelle Gutmann - Field Services Manager with the National Tourette Syndrome Association - the Mastermind behind this year's Conference. She did an outstanding job!|
|I love this picture of Kenny and I. What a memorable week we had as Mother and Son!|
|Wow!!! What a surprise! Kenny is being awarded the 2012 National Zak Hollis Youth Achievement Award with the National Tourette Syndrome Association!|
|Kenny receiving the 2012 National Zak Hollis Youth Achievement Award from the President of the National Tourette Syndrome Association Judit Ungar. What a HUGE honor!|
|Kenny with fellow Youth Ambassadors and Zak Hollis Award Recipients! Again, what an honor to be chosen among these accomplished young men - so proud of all of thee boys!|
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|To top off a day of training, on Friday night I had the pleasure to be a part of a drum circle hosted by the amazingly talented Matthew Giordano who was diagnosed with Ts at the age of five. He is such an inspiration! Everyone had a blast!|
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|Youth Ambassadors are ready to head to Capital Hill to advocate for Tourette Syndrome Awareness!|
|Kenny and Tarrin on the bus heading to Capital Hill!|
|Kenny in front of our nation's Capital just getting off the bus.|
|Youth Ambassadors on the Capital steps - 42 youth in all!|
|Kenny and I with Jennifer and Jane Zwilling - the founders of the TSA Youth Ambassador Program.|
|Kenny and Elridge Proctor - the mastermind behind our trip to the Hill!|
|Kenny and I with our neighbors, Oregon Youth Ambassador Team - Christoper and Jennifer Kuiper.|
|Visiting Washington Senator Maria Cantwell's Office|
|Kenny speaking with Maria Cantwell's Legislative Aide|
|Visiting Washington State Senator Patty Murray's Office|
|Kenny speaking with Senator Murray's Legislative Aides|
|Kenny with Washington Congressman Adam Smith|
|Kenny with Congressman Adam Smith's Legislative Aides|
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