About Us

Justin Bachman was disqualified from a school invitational cross country meet in 2010 because officials perceived he had a behavioral problem.

 

Often, when Justin was out in public, his behavior caused people to stare. Sometimes, they made hurtful comments directly to him. These actions were not based on any knowledge about Justin. Instead, they were made solely because he acted differently than others.

 

What these people didn’t know was that Justin has Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements, and vocalizations called tics. If the race officials had known about Justin’s condition, perhaps they might have made a different call that day.

Aware of the intolerance that surrounded him, Justin knew he couldn’t be alone in feeling this way. He believed there were others like him, different, who must be facing the same kind of prejudice he was.   He had two choices: be a victim, or do something about it.   He chose the latter and decided to enact change. He wanted to show the world that being different was okay.  He went from living in the shadows to becoming a spokesperson for tolerance and acceptance.

It was then that Living Loud was born.

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Justin's Story

My story really starts in elementary school. Back then I was a scared, insecure and lost kid with nothing close to an identity.

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Lisa's Story

Lisa Bachman is a proud and loving wife of thirty-six years, the mother of three grown children, and grandmother to two little boys (so far).

“Hi thank you so much for inspiring me today I've been through kinda a lot and ur speech helped and ur a strong person and you inspired me to be more strong”

Emily - 10th Grade