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Author with Tourette's to speak at Blackhawk Tech
Author with Tourette's to speak at Blackhawk Tech

Man to present his take on overcoming adversity Thursday    

A St. Louis author with Tourette's who speaks about fitting in and tolerance nationwide will present chat during a diversity event on Blackhawk Tech's central campus this week.

Marc Elliot -- diagnosed at 9 with a neurological disorder that causes him to make involuntary motor and vocal tics --  will present "What Makes Me Tic" at Blackhawk Technical College, on Thursday from noon-1 p.m., in the north commons. Elliot, 26, has been featured in a Ted Talk, in the New York Times and on various TV programs including CBS's "The Doctors."

Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Williams said Elliot will share his unique take on overcoming adversity.

"His story is incredibly inspiring," Williams said. "We are really looking forward to hearing about how he uses his life experiences to convey fundamental lessons about the importance of tolerance."

Born with almost no working intestines, the St. Louis native spent the first four years of his life surviving seven surgeries to beat a rare birth defect called Hirschsprung disease. His Tourette's syndrome diagnosis came years later.

After graduating in May of 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis, Elliot set out on a nationwide speaking tour to share his experiences and promote tolerance.

During the last three years, the 2011 College Speaker and Diversity Artist of the Year has spoken to hundreds of groups, organizations and colleges.

Elliot published an autobiographical book, "What Makes You Tic" on his triumph over handicaps in January 2013.

Organizers said the free event is open to the public.

The event will take place at central campus, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville.

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