The Tourette Syndrome Association of Ontario (TSAO) was founded in 1997 as a provincial organization, independent and not governed by any higher body, whose mission is to support TS sufferers and their families with the day to day issues surrounding this medical disorder. The TSAO accomplishes this support through the following: The formation of chapters and support groups within the province which allow TS sufferers and their families an opportunity to support each other through the exchange of information.