In 1976, two families met by chance and discovered that they both had sons affected by something called Tourette Syndrome or TS. Looking to find more on this disorder, they discovered that information concerning TS was disseminated to the public only by the patients fortunate enough to have a family doctor or neurologist familiar with TS.
Mr. Iverson and Mr. Steinberg recognized the great need in Canada for an organized group whose primary purpose would be to supply the Canadian public, government and medical community with information about TS. In February 1976, they contacted the federal government and filed for the incorporation of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC). Their application to establish a Canadian charitable organization was successful and the TSFC became fully chartered nationally in April 1976.
As sole distributors of information on TS in Canada at that time, the TSFC recognized and accepted the great moral and social responsibility to:
Membership in the TSFC started at two and grew to over 500 in only a few years. Today, the TSFC is a nationally, federally registered (#11926 7862 RR0001) voluntary charitable organization with Affiliates across the county (Chapters, Resource Units and Contact Representatives) who help individuals with TS and their families cope with the problems that so often occur with a diagnosis. In collaboration with the National body, our Affiliates help raise much needed awareness in their respective communities.