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NSYSU Student Organizes Charity Concert to Benefit Patients with Tourette's Syndrome
Publish date : 2017-02-14
Presidential Education Award winner Po Ying Tseng, a graduate student of NSYSU Department of Sociology , is a patient of the Tourette's Syndrome. In order to allow Tourette's Syndrome patients to share the same rights and opportunities with others, Tseng established the Taiwan Tourette Association. Tseng said that the first thing on the list after the establishment of the association is to host a charitable concert for children with Tourette's Syndrome. This initiation became the first public concert for Tourette's Syndrome patients in Taiwan.

Tseng recalled that he was once invited to a concert by the musician, and excitedly attended the concert. However, the vocal tics of Tourette's Syndrome included coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and grunting, and resulted in the staff asking him to leave the concert. Though Tseng asked to stay for at least one song, he was force to leave in less than 20 minutes after the start of the concert. Tseng stated “I was sad, not because I was bullied or treated inhospitably, but because of how many might be out there being treated like me.” Tseng also said that Tourette's Syndrome patients are often the unwelcomed visitors to libraries, movie theatres, and exhibitions. Due to this unfriendly experience, Tseng decided to host the first “Concert for Tourette's Syndrome Patients,” which allows patients to enjoy music at ease.

The charitable concert made a successful debut and the earnings were completely donated to the Taiwan Tourette Association for education and promotion purposes. The Association hopes to allow children with Tourette's Syndrome and their families to grow happily and healthily, with abundant support and resources.

After experience numerous challenges and tests brought to him by Tourette's Syndrome, Tseng has decided to help more people with his power. He aims to pursue a doctoral degree and to dedicate himself to special education. He hopes to help children with Tourette's Syndrome overcome challenges and gain knowledge at their own pace.
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