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Making your CU accessible - Tourette's syndrome

It is unsurprising if CUs are nervous about students with Tourette’s Syndrome because of the popular stereotype about the condition, which unduly emphasises its most extreme features. So it is important to have accurate information about what to expect from someone with this condition, and what problems they will face in participating in CU activities.

Studies have shown that the chronic struggle of people with Tourette’s leads to enhanced cognitive control, at least on certain tasks. Brain scans of people with Tourette’s Syndrome show enhanced connections in the part of the brain responsible for controlling impulses, developed, presumably, as a result of the continual effort to control the tics.  Other studies have shown that enhanced self-control in the young is an indicator of improved health, wealth and even public safety!  So someone with these qualities could be a real asset to your CU.

Tourette’s Syndrome:

Tourette’s facts:

Main features:

Tics can include:


Practicalities in CU:

Additional Resources - Organisation providing information and support for people with Tourette’s Syndrome, their families and those who work with them.

This resource is part of our Accessible CU series, created especially for Christian Unions by Through The Roof, a Christian Disability charity. To read this article in full, and other articles on including disabled students, download the student version of Through the Roof's publication Be a Roofbreaker for just £3.


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