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 2016

  • Roswell Presbyterian Church Parent Seminar

    Location: Roswell, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 7th, 2016 at 9:45am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Milton Hershey School

    Location: Hershey, PA
    Date/Time: Feb 16th, 2016 at 8am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Michigan Council For Exceptional Children

    Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Date/Time: Mar 4th, 2016 at 10:45am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

    Location: Lynchburg, VA
    Date/Time: Mar 11th, 2016 at 10am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Tourette Association of America

    Location: Washington, DC
    Date/Time: Mar 12th, 2016 at 8:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker and National Tourette Conference Also doing breakout sessions

  • Friendship Circle Benefit

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 13th, 2016 at 12:00
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Resonate Conference:Presented by Sellerlabs

    Location: Atlanta, GA - Tech Village
    Date/Time: May 17th, 2016 at 4pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker Learn more at: A gathering of high-volume Amazon sellers eager to solve e-commerce's toughest problems

  • Tourette Canada Conference

    Location: Edmonton, Canada
    Date/Time: Sep 30th, 2016 at 9am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Cobb EMC Literacy Week

    Location: Cobb EMC
    Date/Time: Oct 24th, 2016 at 6:30pm
    Description: Keynote speaker featuring authors and school media specialists to kick off a week of guest authors visiting schools in Marietta and Cobb County.

  • URJ Camp Coleman Olin Fellows

    Location: Cleveland, GA
    Date/Time: Oct 29th, 2016 at 3pm
    Description: Keynote speaker at weekend retreat.

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