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Professional Juggler with Tourette Syndrome Inspires Others to Celebrate Their Talents

#TouretteTalent Tourette Syndrome Awareness Campaign

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Contact:

Jacob Weiss, PhD

Director, Playing By Air Productions/Creativity Moves Kids

jacob@playingbyair.com

888-4000-226




1-Minute Video Introduction

Nashville, TN, May 13, 2015 A professional juggler with Tourette Syndrome is helping to launch a new social media campaign that showcases the physical and vocal talents of people around the world with Tourette Syndrome.


As part of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, May 15-June 15, the #TouretteTalent campaign introduces an empowering view of children and adults with Tourette Syndrome as talented individuals with inspiring abilities.


Online submissions by the participants will tell a story that goes beyond the common media portrayal of the movements and sounds made by people with Tourette Syndrome.


"There are so many incredibly talented people with Tourette's," said Dr. Jacob Weiss, Director of Playing By Air Productions. "I want to show that having Tourette Syndrome doesn't limit you from dreaming big, working hard, and using your talents to make the world a better place."


Weiss tours the world as a professional juggler and physical comedian, bringing laughter to thousands of fans, Fortune 500 companies, and a wide range of non-profit organizations. He also happens to have Tourette Syndrome. He was diagnosed at age 11, one year after he learned how to juggle.


"Living with the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome can be exhausting," said Weiss. "Focusing my energy on the creative and physical challenge of juggling helps my mind and body find a state of calm; a playful, moving meditation."


For Weiss, and for other many other artists with Tourette Syndrome, the tics and symptoms fade away the moment he steps on stage. Through the #TouretteTalent campaign, he hopes to encourage others to find their own passions that they can practice and share with confidence.


Children and adults with Tourette Syndrome, from beginners to professionals, are invited to showcase their creative vocal and physical talents by posting a video, photo, or story and tagging it with #TouretteTalent.


About Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and sounds (tics). Tourette Syndrome affects approximately 3-6 per 1000 children in the United States.


About Jacob Weiss and #TouretteTalent

The #TouretteTalent campaign is an initiative of Playing By Air Productions and Creativity Moves Kids. After graduating from Princeton University and completing his PhD at Vanderbilt University with a focus on community-building strategies, Weiss founded Playing By Air Productions and Creativity Moves Kids with a mission of "Entertainment That Gives Back," providing workshops and performances for performing arts centers, corporate events, children's hospitals, non-profits, and schools.

Call For Participation

Children and adults with Tourette Syndrome, from beginners to professionals, are invited to showcase their creative vocal and physical talents by posting a video, photo, or story and tagging it with #TouretteTalent.


Your talent can include music, sports, comedy, dance, circus, and any other creative accomplishment you want to share with the world.

Have fun, and let's show the world all the amazing things that people with Tourette Syndrome can do!

To learn more, visit TouretteTalent.org or email info@tourettetalent.org.

#Tourette Talent Video: Behind the Scenes with Professional Juggler, Jacob Weiss

Jacob Weiss, PhD, is a social entrepreneur and professional juggler who has Tourette Syndrome. He is the Director of Playing By Air Productions and Creativity Moves Kids.

In Partnership With:

Playing By Air offers high-energy, creative entertainment to corporate meetings, special events and performing arts centers.


Founded with a mission of "Entertainment That Gives Back," Playing By Air is committed to making a positive impact through the performing arts. We feel a tremendous privilege and responsibility in bringing smiles to families who need it most, creating awareness for meaningful causes, and inspiring innovation in young audiences whose imagination will be a force for good throughout the world.


Visit www.PlayingByAir.com for more information.

Creativity Moves Kids is a national touring program providing free workshops and performances for children's hospitals, non-profits, and schools.


We believe that creativity, laughter, and teamwork are essential for all children to reach their full potential and to see hope and opportunity in every situation. We believe that the greatest impact will be achieved through partnerships and relationships with the incredible community organizations throughout the country working with local children in their communities.


Visit www.CreativityMovesKids.org for more information.

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Contact:

Jacob Weiss, PhD

Director, Playing By Air Productions/Creativity Moves Kids

jacob@playingbyair.com

888-4000-226