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Sarah Marie reveals chronic tic syndrome in Gogglebox finale

The season finale of Gogglebox has come and gone, with some moving moments and revelations from the households.

This week the Googleboxers watched the new ABC sensation, Employable Me, a three-part documentary series following people with diverse neurological conditions on their quest to find work.

As Adam, of the beloved Adam and Symon, sagely observed, the moving series was "all about seeing the ability, not the disability." 

First the cast met Rohan, a 21-year-old man with autism looking to find a job that isn't menial labour.

Shockingly, the current unemployment rate in Australia is 6 per cent, however, for people with autism it can be as high as 60 per cent. 

After specialised testing revealed Rohan had an exceptional knack for memorising and retaining knowledge, the show placed him as a tour guide at Scenic World, an adventure park in the stunning Blue Mountains.

Rohan gets ready to look for work. Credit: ABC

While many of us struggle to remember what we ate for dinner last night, Rohan managed to learn a phenomenal catalogue of rainforest facts only a few hours before his very first shift. Unsurprisingly, he proved to be a perfect fit for the role. 

Employable Me also introduced us to 20-year-old Kayla who has Tourettes Syndrome.

In a surprise twist, Kayla's story resonated with Gogglebox's very own Sarah Marie, who suffers a similar condition, chronic tic syndrome. Sarah Marie described her disorder as being "like Tourettes without the noises".

Kayla from ABC's 'Employable Me' finds that music aids her Tourettes Syndrome. Credit: ABC

It is estimated that as many as one in 200, or one in 100 children, have Tourettes in Australia. 

The stories of both Sarah Marie, who has a flourishing career as a professional make-up artist, and Employable Me's Kayla, who demonstrated that her involuntary tics could be calmed through music, confirmed the benefit of having diverse stories and voices on prime time TV.

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