Tourette's Action card
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Man's code card to explain Tourette's behaviour

There are estimated to be around 300,000 people with Tourette's Syndrome in the UK.

Paul Stevenson from Berwick, Northumberland, developed Tourette's suddenly at the age of 46 after the death of his best friend.

Living with Tourette's is a constant challenge for him because it involves uncontrollable body movements, tics and swearing.

Now he has come up with a novel plan to explain the condition and his behaviour to other people.

He has devised a QR code holding personal information on the back of a Tourette's Action identity card to reduce the stigma attached to Tourette's.

Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One North East & Cumbria on Monday, 6 October at 19:30 BST and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

  • 06 Oct 2014