Two years ago, Chicago Parent wrote about Ariel Small, a
Highland Park teen who has taken on the stigma of Tourette's
Syndrome by serving as Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome
Association. Ariel had been diagnosed at age 6 with Tourette's, a
neurobiological disorder affecting an estimated 200,000 people in
Now Ariel, a high school senior, has taken his advocacy to a
national level, speaking out on this misunderstood disorder.
Ariel's inspirational story will be shown in "Different is the New
Normal," a new documentary making its debut on WTTW at 6 p.m. Nov.
With his permission, Ariel's mother, Robin, turned the camera on
him to give viewers an acutely personal perspective on the family's
journey to overcome the challenges of living with Tourette's and to
break through the misconceptions and shame. The movie also features
American Idol finalist James Durbin, who has Tourette's, as well as
neurobiologist Christopher Goetz from Rush University Medical
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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