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 2011

  • National Title I Conference

    Location: Tampa, Florida
    Date/Time: Jan 31st, 2011 at 4pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker Learn more at this website:

  • Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders Conference

    Location: Savannah, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 7th, 2011 at 9am
    Description: Keynote Speaker For more information visit

  • East Cobb PTA Teacher/Principal Appreciation Lunch

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 8th, 2011 at 10am
    Description: Piedmont Church Keynote Speaker

  • Brentwood Middle School

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date/Time: Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:30am
    Description: Speaking to Middle School students during an all school assembly

  • East Tennessee State University

    Location: Johnson City, TN
    Date/Time: Apr 5th, 2011 at 7pm
    Description: Keynote speaker for Distinguished lecture series for Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and Service-Learning

  • PAGE Leadership Institute for Teacher\'s of the Year

    Location: Macon, GA
    Date/Time: Apr 28th, 2011 at 10am
    Description: Keynote Speaker For more information contact Dr. Diane Ray at Professional Association of Georgia Educators

  • Kennesaw Business Association

    Location: KSU Continuing Ed Building
    Date/Time: May 10th, 2011 at 11:00
    Description: Keynote Speaker RSVP at:

  • PAGE Summer Conference

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Jun 5th, 2011 at 9am
    Description: Closing Keynote Speaker Learn more here:

  • Southeastern Technical College

    Location: Vidalia, Georgia
    Date/Time: Jun 6th, 2011 at 10am
    Description: Keynote Speaker at Annual Summer Educator Academy (SEA)

  • Northeast Cobb Business Association

    Location: Piedmont Church
    Date/Time: Jul 20th, 2011 at 11:30
    Description: Keynote Speaker at Luncheon at Piedmont Church For more information, visit this website:

  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program- Junior Conference

    Location: North Carolina
    Date/Time: Jul 23rd, 2011 at 8pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Association of Texas Professional Educators

    Location: Austin, Texas
    Date/Time: Jul 23rd, 2011 at 8am
    Description: Keynote Speaker at President\'s Breakfast Learn more at:

  • Monroe County School District

    Location: Forsyth, GA
    Date/Time: Aug 8th, 2011 at 2:30
    Description: Keynote Speaker to open the school year

  • Siemans

    Location: Alpharetta, GA
    Date/Time: Aug 23rd, 2011 at 4pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker for Disability Awareness Group

  • Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation Fundraiser

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date/Time: Sep 3rd, 2011 at 7pm
    Description: Visit website for more information. Open to the public.

  • Emory University

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Oct 27th, 2011 at 5pm
    Description: Speaking to a class of future doctors.

  • Fontbonne University

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date/Time: Oct 28th, 2011 at noon
    Description: Keynote speaker for Dedicated Semester Event For more info contact Susan at

  • Leadership Cobb

    Location: Kennesaw, GA
    Date/Time: Dec 7th, 2011 at 4pm
    Description: Kennesaw High School Speaking to Leadership Cobb Group

  • Houston County High School

    Location: Warner Robbins, GA
    Date/Time: Dec 8th, 2011 at 6pm
    Description: Open to the Public: Keynote Address

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