“Dylan has done what most of us (including me) would not even think of doing, especially at such a young age.”
— Major League Baseball great Jim Eisenreich
CHILD AUTHOR DELIVERS OPENING ADDRESS
AT NATIONAL TOURETTE SYNDROME CONFERENCE
CHANDLER, AZ (Sept. 20, 2007) – Although the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada’s National Conference 2007 will be attended primarily by adults, it will be 10-year-old Dylan Peters who gives the Opening Address at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Brock Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
But even more extraordinary than a child giving a presentation to a very large gathering without losing his nerve is the fact that Dylan has Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics, and is the author of Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome, a 9-year-old boy’s story in his own words.
"Our message is that others should follow Dylan’s lead," says Rosie Wartecker, Executive Director of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. "It is only when those around us are educated that can we hope to realize our vision that ‘All people who have Tourette Syndrome will lead quality lives as accepted and valued members of an informed, tolerant society.’"
Dylan, who has published articles in ParentGuide and Tweens & Teens News, wrote Tic Talk when he was in third grade. In his book, he shares what Tourette Syndrome has taught him about tolerance and acceptance in a humorous, yet insightful style. Readers will both understand and be understood about the enormous pressures this often misunderstood affliction places on those who have it and those who love them.
Tic Talk, ISBN 978-1-58985-162-7/1-58985-162-5, is a Five Star Publications paperback book, $16.95 (U.S. dollars). More information about the conference can be found at www.tourette.ca. Information about the book is available at www.TouretteSyndromeBook.com or www.FiveStarPublications.com.