Tourette Syndrome Documentary: @Random: The Documentary Project for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada-What TS really is.
The project features the inspirational — and sometimes heartwrenching — testimonies of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome. The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC) paired up with the advertising agency Saachi & Saachi to make Canadians aware of what Tourette Syndrome (TS) really is. Many people think that it’s simply the “swearing disease,” but Tourette Syndrome is many things: physical tics, vocal outbursts, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety attacks, sometimes all at once. Tourette Syndrome (TS) affects millions of North Americans directly and indirectly. It is an inherited neurological (brain based) disorder characterized by involuntary tics. Often these tics are mild, like blinking, shrugging, or grimacing. But sometimes they’re more complex, with other behaviours, like Obsessional Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders.
Here is an example of how TS and OCD looks in our home at times.
The range and complexity of the tics, and the randomness of how they appear, can be confusing for people unfamiliar with TS. While there are therapies and treatments that can help minimize tics, there is no cure for Tourette Syndrome.
It is a remarkably difficult and complex disorder to understand and explain. This became the goal of the @Random Tourette Syndrome Documentary: explain the unexplainable. Tourette Syndrome is not one thing. It is many things. The TSFC decided to tell as many real TS stories as they could, in a way that mimics the unpredictable nature of the disorder.
Saatchi & Saatchi worked with filmmakers and TS families across Canada to create dozens of films about real people with TS. Then, to evoke the disorder’s unpredictable nature, these shorter films were randomly arranged online to make up larger documentaries. Every time someone visits @Random, they see a new collection of stories, making each viewing totally different and unique, just like TS.
The project features the inspirational — and sometimes heartwrenching — testimonies of individuals and families located in Canada, Norway and the United States. They are all freely available for viewing at the @Random website.
For our family’s @random video see: Learning From Kids With Challenging Behaviour: The First Day.
Mandeep is an inspiration for his endurance and tenacity with his daily struggle with Tourette Syndrome Plus. You can see his @random video here.
We will be featuring several @Random films in later blogs.
Visit www.atrandom for a unique enlightening Tourette Syndrome Documentary Experience.