WVU School Issues for People with Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet

WVU School Issues for People with Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet

WVU School Issues for People with Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet

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by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen
4-5 minutes

Need help with my Health & Medical question – I’m studying for my class.

My topic is going to be about school issue of people who have Tourette Syndrome.


All students will choose a topic of that is related to neurodevelopmental disabilities and create a fact sheet about that topic. The purpose of a fact sheet is to provide a target audience with compelling information in a clear, concise format. It can provide information about an organization, product, service, event, genetic syndrome or neurodevelopmental issue. Once the topic is selected, the student should think about who would find the information of interest. That will help identify how to find a target audience. An example of a fact sheet is provided in the course shell to help students know what a fact sheet should contain.


* Write in lay terms, using words that the average person (someone without professional training in the subject area) can understand.

* Find ways to simplify complex ideas. Search for comparisons and everyday analogies that will express complicated processes. Transform jargon into English.

* Write in the present tense and as active as possible

* Keep the text brief – no one wants to read tons of information in small font

* Keep the most important information in the first paragraph – what the issue is, what action is needed, and label the main message(s)

* Use terms consistently

* Double check all numbers and percents used

* If details are given in a table or chart, there is not need to give those details in the narrative (use general terms instead)

* If using lists, put them into bullets

* The fact sheet must be self-contained – do not refer to previous documents or assume that they remember the information


* One page is best

* Use at 10-14 point font

* The page should begin with the words “Fact Sheet,” followed by a very brief headline that explains the subject of the page.

* Use bullets when you can

* Use bolding, text boxes, and graphics to emphasize important points

* Simple graphs and charts can give the reader the information with just a glance. Pie charts are the easiest to understand

* Give references for more information – in electronic communications you can offer links

Typical writing errors

  • Identify all acronyms at first use, then use only the acronym for the rest of the document
  • In narrative, use the word “percent” rather than the symbol “%”
    • Example: The Center for Rural Health (CRH) was established in 1980. The CRH is based at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
  • Example: Of the 100 people who were sent the survey, 80 percent responded.
  • Avoid use of decimals when using percents.
    • Example: The population of North Dakota has increased just over one percent in the past year.
  • Using numbers: In general, any number at or below 10 is written out as words, above 10 as numerals.
    • Example: During the program, information was sent to three communities resulting in responses from 234 people.
      Exceptions: When a number comes at the beginning of a sentence and dates:
    • Example: Two hundred thirty-four people responded to the mailing before April
  • Titles: If a title comes before the name, it is capitalized. If it comes after the name, it is not. Courtesy (non-degree) titles such as Mr. Mrs., Miss, or Ms. are generally not used and should be used only when specifically requested (and then consistently).
    • Example: Center for Rural Health Director Gary Hart attended the meeting. Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the Center for Rural Health, joined him.
  • Dates: There is no comma between month and year. There is a comma between date and year.
    • Example: We are planning on meeting in April 2019, possibly April 15, 2019.
  • People first: When using terms to describe people, it is a good idea to use “people first language.”
    • Example: Many of the children who are uninsured in North Dakota come from families with low income.

It is also a good idea to set the grammar check on your Microsoft Word program to check style also.

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