Different Is the New Normal

Different Is the New Normal

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Ariel Small

Different Is the New Normal reveals an acutely personal first-hand account of Tourette’s through the eyes of Ariel Small. Ariel Small grew up in suburban Chicago with four siblings and loving parents. However, as Ariel grew older his parents noticed something different. His behavior became more and more alarming. Premiering on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), Different Is the New Normal tracks trials and triumphs of Ariel Small, a 17-year-old who has struggled with uncontrollable tics caused by Tourette Syndrome – and others’ intolerance and misperceptions about it – throughout his life. Edie Magnus narrates.

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Different Is the New Normal is part of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies. The week-long programming intiative is designed to encourage community dialogue about the abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities and the importance of inclusion. Dialogue on Disability runs January 7-14, 2013.