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 2012

  • KasKasKia Special Education District #801

    Location: Centralia, IL
    Date/Time: Feb 17th, 2012 at 8:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker at Tri County Meeting

  • ADDO Gathering- Educators

    Location: Piedmont Church, Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 2nd, 2012 at 12:00

  • ADDO Gathering Students

    Location: Piedmont Church, Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 3rd, 2012 at noon

  • Kennesaw State University

    Location: Kennesaw, GA
    Date/Time: Apr 26th, 2012 at 3:30pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker Contact Jill Williams in the Education Department for more info OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants Conference

    Location: Destin, FL
    Date/Time: Jul 10th, 2012 at 9am

  • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Conference

    Location: Austin, Texas
    Date/Time: Jul 14th, 2012 at 11:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Warner Robins Schools and houston County

    Location: Warner Robins, GA
    Date/Time: Jul 25th, 2012 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker for School District

  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Jr. Conference

    Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Date/Time: Jul 28th, 2012 at 6pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker


    Location: Jacksonville, FL
    Date/Time: Sep 15th, 2012 at 2:30
    Description: Keynote speaker Other speakers include Lucy Calkins More info at:

  • Wainwright Elementary

    Location: Houston, Texas
    Date/Time: Oct 6th, 2012 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Division on Career Development and Transition Conference

    Location: Denver, CO
    Date/Time: Oct 26th, 2012 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • National Science Teacher Association Conference

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Nov 2nd, 2012 at 9:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • University Medical Center Leadership Day

    Location: Lubbock, Texas
    Date/Time: Nov 5th, 2012 at 9am
    Description: Keynote Speaker and Discussion

  • University Medical Center Leadership Day

    Location: Lubbock, Texas
    Date/Time: Nov 6th, 2012 at 9am
    Description: Keynote and Discussion

  • Parkaire Consultants

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Dec 1st, 2012 at 7pm

  • Leadership Cobb

    Location: Cobb County
    Date/Time: Dec 5th, 2012 at 11:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker on Education Day

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