Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation

It is Brad’s goal to make a difference one day at a time. This is why he started the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation (BCTF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help raise money to help children with Tourette syndrome learn how to exist in the real world with others who don’t understand. We support the socialization, achievement, and education of those with Tourette syndrome and the non-profit/tax-exempt organizations that focus on the needs of those with Tourette syndrome.

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Front of the Class, the book

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As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen's story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination and fiercely positive attitude conquered the difficulties he faced in school, in college, and while job hunting ...


A Dynamic Speaker Who Fills the Room with Energy and Emotion

"Brad gets up, and all of a sudden you could just sort of feel the energy in the room dialed up about 50 amps,. Shriver said. .I looked up at one point, and half the kids were crying, and the next minute they were rolling on the floor laughing. Eyes were wide open."

"He was describing his life. It was humiliating. I pretty much bombed, and this guy is hitting a grand slam in the World Series. He gets this standing ovation, and the place is going nuts."

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics

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Front of the Class: The "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie

FRONT OF THE CLASS, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Treat Williams ("Everwood") and Jimmy Wolk ("The Spiral Project"), will air on CBS Television Networks on February 6, 2010. The drama is based on the true story written by Brad Cohen who, after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher. Brad reminds us all that dreams can come true!

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Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation

"Brad Cohen is a walking billboard for the idea of living positively. He is like a cold drink on a hot day--refreshing, energizing, and likely to put a smile on your face."
Tim Shriver - Chairman of Special Olympics

"I have observed the magic of Brad Cohen in the classroom. He has turned Tourette Syndrome into an asset, and his life into inspiration."
Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia

"Brad Cohen's story is a triumph of hope, determination, will and relentless good humor."
Peter J. Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Professor and
Associate Head of Biological Sciences,
Purdue University

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Press :: Events during 2006

  • Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida Silent Auction, Keynote Speaker

    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Date/Time: Feb 11th, 2006 at 7:00 PM
    Description: D'Cota Design Center of the America's For more information call 954-389-2588

  • B'nai B'rith Youth Organization International Convention

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 15th, 2006
    Description: Keynote Presentation to Youth Leaders

  • Purdue University

    Location: West Lafayette, IN
    Date/Time: Feb 17th, 2006 at 4:00 PM
    Description: Speaking to teachers, doctors, TS friends, and students Stewart Center, Room 314 Call 765-714-9880 for more information

  • Visiting the Chicago Tourette Winter Mini Camp

    Location: Chicago, IL
    Date/Time: Feb 18th, 2006 at 10:00 AM
    Description: 10:00 a.m. Visiting the Chicago Tourette Winter Mini Camp 2:00 p.m. Booksigning and Presentation for TSA and public Barnes & Noble Bookstore Old Orchard 55 Old Orchard Center Skokie, IL 60077

  • Keynote speaker at Prejudice Reduction Conference at Quinnipiac University

    Location: Hamden, Connecticut
    Date/Time: May 23rd, 2006
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Hall County School District New Teacher Orientation

    Location: Gainesville, GA
    Date/Time: Jul 29th, 2006
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Temple Emanu-El

    Location: Dunwoody, GA
    Date/Time: Aug 11th, 2006

  • Region 10 Education Service Center of Parent Involvement and Mental Health

    Location: Dallas, TX
    Date/Time: Oct 5th, 2006
    Description: Keynote Speaker and Breakout

  • ACLD-Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities

    Location: Long Island, New York
    Date/Time: Oct 9th, 2006
    Description: 2006 Employment Recognition Breakfast Keynote Speaker

  • Speech Teacher In-Service

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Oct 25th, 2006
    Description: Keynote Speaker

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