Lucas Lardoux’s introduction of Tourette syndrome to students at Salem Elementary School (Photo from the Port Washington Union Free School District)

Schreiber High School Student Empowers Community Through Education On Tourette Syndrome

Lucas Lardoux, an eleventh-grade student at Schreiber High School, is stepping up to raise awareness and foster understanding of Tourette syndrome within his community and across the state.

Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome himself, Lucas has undertaken specialized training through the Tourette Association of America (TAA) to become a Youth Ambassador, with a mission to educate and inspire.

Lucas’ initiative stems from his personal journey with Tourette syndrome and a deep-seated desire to dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding the condition. His goal locally in Port Washington for the 2023-24 school year was to engage with every fifth-grade student in the Port Washington School District by the end of the academic year, sharing insights and facilitating exercises to try and make others understand what it might feel like to have Tourette syndrome.

“When people ask me why I wanted to become a Youth Ambassador, the short answer is I wanted to pave an easier path for kids struggling with the symptoms of this diagnosis. The amazing offshoot has been that the presentations also ended up teaching tolerance and understanding for all kids struggling with something. I am teaching them that nobody is defined by their challenges” says Lucas. “I have had so much fun doing these presentations and interacting with the students and I am looking forward to continuing in the next academic year in Port Washington.”

Supported by the Tourette Association of America, the training he has received has allowed him to effectively deliver both educational and general community presentations. The sessions span all levels of education and can also be helpful to community programs, camps, and in many professional work settings. These sessions aim to promote understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage empathy among peers.

In addition to the presentations, Lucas has lobbied for educational and health related legislation on Capitol Hill with state and local representatives. Speaking from experience, he was able to share a personal perspective on why change is needed.
“We are immensely proud of Lucas’ dedication to raising awareness about Tourette syndrome,” said Dr. Michael Hynes, superintendent of Port Washington School District. “His passion and commitment exemplify the impact that individuals can have within their communities, and we are honored to support him in this important endeavor.”

Lucas’ endeavor not only reflects his personal resilience but also underscores the power of student-led initiatives in effecting positive change. By fostering dialogue and understanding, he is paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate community.

By Shannon Vulin, the public information officer for the Port Washington Union Free School District

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