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 2008

  • Sunbourne Elementary School

    Location: London, England
    Date/Time: Jan 9th, 2008

  • New England Financial

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Jan 25th, 2008
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • "Our Neighbor" Fundraiser

    Location: Gainesville, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 8th, 2008 at 6:00 p.m
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Amit Fundraiser

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 9th, 2008 at 7:30 p.m
    Description: Honored and Speaking at Amit's Annual Fundraiser

  • National Tourette Syndrome Association Conference

    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Date/Time: Apr 5th, 2008

  • Camp Coleman

    Location: Cleveland, GA
    Date/Time: Jun 9th, 2008
    Description: Keynote Speaker for the Staff Orientation

  • NC Teaching Fellows Senior Conference

    Location: Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC
    Date/Time: Jul 18th, 2008
    Description: Opening Keynote Speaker

  • Bethel School District

    Location: Bethel, CT
    Date/Time: Aug 1st, 2008
    Description: Opening Day Keynote speaker for School System

  • "Novel" Exchange Party

    Location: Adult Recreation Center in Roswell, Geor
    Date/Time: Oct 15th, 2008 at 7:30 p.m
    Description: Brad will be the Keynote Speaker. Everyone who attends should bring a book to swap with another person. Donations of $18 per person is requested with money going towards scholarships for the Tourette Syndrome Family Weekend.

  • NC Teaching Fellows Program

    Location: East Carolina University
    Date/Time: Oct 25th, 2008

  • 2006 Teaching Fellows Junior Conference

    Location: UNC-Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
    Date/Time: Oct 25th, 2008
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Brad and Patricia Heaton on Steve and Vikki Show

    Location: B98.5 Radio in Atlanta
    Date/Time: Dec 1st, 2008 at 9:30 a.m
    Description: Click on the website to listen on-line.

  • South Carolina Department of Education Leadership Program

    Location: Columbia, SC
    Date/Time: Dec 5th, 2008
    Description: Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session Leader

  • CBS Presents "Front of the Class"

    Location: CBS TV in USA and Canada
    Date/Time: Dec 7th, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    Description: See Brad's made for TV movie on CBS. This is the 234th presentation of a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Movie

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