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Everyone Has a Story…..What is Yours?

July 8th, 2015

In the movie Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith plays the character of Chris who is looking for a job. This is one of my favorite movies for so many reasons. Many of them have to do with the character of Chris. In this scene, Chris is at a job interview.

The following characteristics came across during the scene that people should reflect on.

1) Persistence and Determination go a long way…..don’t ever give up. If there is something in life that you aspire for, GO FOR IT!

2) In life, we need Problem Solvers! You can learn a lot from books and lectures, but if you can’t figure things out on your own and you always need someone to hold your hand, you will have a difficult time, finding not only a job, but also success in life.

3) Humor goes a long way. If you have a good sense of humor and are willing to laugh at yourself or laugh with others, it will help you through the difficult times. Find ways to embrace humor.

4) Be humble! Many times life may serve you the short end of the stick. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I’m sure you didn’t choose this route. But true character stands out when you figure out how to accept it. Be humble and know your strengths and weaknesses and move forward. Once you find those who support you….be loyal to them!

Everyone has a story……..do you know yours? Have you had a chance to share it with others?

I’m honored that I have been the voice for so many people in the Tourette Syndrome community as well as the education community. My opportunities to write the book, Front of the Class, and have it made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was amazing. And now as I continue speaking across the country I get to share my story and be the voice for so many.

My hope is that more people can stand up and share their story!

Write a book, post a Blog, do a tweet. Whatever it is….go out there and share your story and my hypothesis is that it will make a difference in the life of someone else.

It may motivate them, it may take them to that next level or it may just make them think….either way, it’s time for you to share your story.

Cheers


Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference: June 6th

April 19th, 2015

The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation is honored to host the upcoming Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference! We look forward to you joining us!

2015 TOURETTE SYNDROME CONFERENCE
“Breaking Down the Barriers Conference”

June 6, 2015
Atlanta, GA

REGISTGER NOW!

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel

Our goal is to break down the barriers that individuals with TS, OCD, and ADHD face at home, school and in social settings.

MEET THE SPEAKERS
Justin Bachman, Sue Conners and Sheryl Pruitt

Conference Agenda for Parents, Educators and Professionals

Agenda for Saturday Conference
8:00-8:30

Arrival and Registration

8:30-9:30

Welcome by Brad Cohen then Keynote Speaker Justin Bachman: Living Loud: Can You Hear It?

9:45-11:15

Speaker – Sue Conners – Tourette Syndrome and OCD Awareness

11:15-12:30

Lunch Provided

12:30-2:00

Speaker – Sue Conners – Parental Rights for IEP’s and 504 Plans

2:15-3:15

Speaker – Sheryl Pruitt – Can’t Find It? Can’t Remember It? Executive Dysfunction and It’s Impact on Memory

3:15-4:00

Speaker – Q & A Panel with Parents

Agenda for Children’s Conference
8:00am-4:00pm

Children ages 5-17 will have the opportunity to hear Brad Cohen and Justin Bachman speak. We will be addressing Bullying Issues, Advocacy Issues and Social Skills Issues. Children will have fun with entertainment provided and have a chance to socialize with peers during lunch! Siblings are welcome to participate.

*Children will be supervised in a room across from the adults. Should they be unable to participate in the program, we will notify you to come support our staff and help your child take a break from the action.

8:00-8:30 Arrival and Registration

8:30 -9:30 Brad Cohen and Justin Bachman (Living Loud)

9:45-11:15 Social Skills Program

11:15-12:00 Lunch

12:00-1:00 Magic Show

1:00-2:00 Advocacy Training with Justin Bachman and Tommy Molter (Georgia TSA Youth Ambassador)

2:15-3:15 Bullying Issues

3:15-4:00 Closing

Agenda for Adults with TS Conference
8:00am-4:00pm

We plan to provide adults with TS an opportunity to break out in their own space to have conversation during parts of the day. Adults are welcome to participate in the main sessions also.

8:30 -9:30 Brad Cohen and Justin Bachman (Living Loud)

9:45-10:15 Introductions among adults

10:15-11:15 Discussion among adults on your topics of interest. Determined by the group

11:15-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Improv with Darin Bush discussing life with TS, ADHD/ADD, OCD and more!

2:15-3:15 Sheryl Pruitt and Executive Dysfunction Behaviors

3:15-4:00 Follow-up conversations among adult group

Agenda for Atlanta Braves Baseball Game
4:00-6:30pm

Tailgating and Socializing with other Families and Friends in Hotel Parking Lot

Bring your own tailgate chair if possible. Food will be provided. This will be a BYOB event if interested.

7:10pm

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field
(Hotel is walking distance to Turner Field)

Check out videos and photos from last year’s conference!

Learn more about the Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference by clicking HERE!!!
REGISTER HERE


Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference- June 6th Save the Date

February 24th, 2015

SIGN UP NOW!!!

www.TouretteSyndromeConference.com

The 2015 Tourette Syndrome Conference in Atlanta, GA on June 6, 2015

Join us on June 6th, 2015 in Atlanta, GA for the 2nd Annual Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation Tourette Syndrome Conference as we continue to “Break Down the Barriers” and educate teachers, parents, adults with TS, and all those who work with people who have Tourette Syndrome.

This year we will be celebrating Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and attending the Atlanta Braves Baseball game. This will be a great way to socialize with other families who support children with Tourette Syndrome.

Our goal this year is to create a conference that is more affordable for the entire family to attend. This year we are inviting children ages 5-17 to attend the children’s track as we focus on social skills, bullying, advocacy and a sense of community so the kids see they are not alone. We will also have a track for adults with TS so they can have plenty of time to socialize and address appropriate topics for the group.

At the one day conference, hear about the latest treatments in the TS community, hear educational strategies for the classroom, learn about TS behaviors, learn about Parential Rights and IEP’s/504 Plans, learn more about OCD, ADHD, Executive Functioning and the associated behaviors and learn more about social skills that can help your kids.

Excellent Speakers: Justin Bachman, Sue Conners, Sheryl Pruitt, and more!

Save the date and plan to join us in Atlanta, GA to learn more about Tourette Syndrome!

Don’t miss this amazing event! Help us spread the word!

Check out last years great event:

VISIT: www.TouretteSyndromeConference.com


Tim Howard: A True Role Model for those with Tourette’s and Beyond

July 3rd, 2014

I’ve known about Tim Howard for several years. I’ve followed his career both in the United States and overseas. He’s always been a great role model and an excellent soccer player.

It was exciting for me to see he would be returning as the leader of the United States Soccer Team because he is one of the best goalies in the world. On Thursday, he proved that again. What’s really funny is that people around the world have known about his greatness for some time……but for us in the United States who are not big soccer fans, we have just figured it out.

Tim’s story is an excellent reminder about what makes America great. We love the underdog story. We love to find the best in people even when they are not on top. I love seeing that Tim has become a household name across America even though we lost the soccer game to Belgium. That’s kind of neat.

And on top of all of his success……oh, by the way, he has Tourette Syndrome!

Tim Howard grew up with Tourette’s in a similar way that I did. We both were diagnosed at a young age. We both had good support systems in place. We both made the best out of the situations we were put in. We both found success in something and showed others our true strengths and talents. We both have become role models for thousands of kids and adults who are living with Tourette Syndrome every day.

It is exciting to see so many kids with Tourette Syndrome stand up and be proud to have Tourette’s for just a moment. In some kind of weird way, it is cool to have Tourette’s right now, because Tim Howard, our great goalie has it too. And even though this moment for most people will only be short lived, the power that will come from this one moment will last a lifetime.

We will see kids with Tourette’s have more self-confidence, persevere through tough times, and feel at ease to talk about their Tourette’s to others because they now know that others are aware of Tim Howard and Tourette Syndrome. I know life just became easier for a lot of people with Tourette Syndrome because of Tim’s success.

For that, I salute Tim Howard for being the great person and role model that he has always been.

Cheers, Brad


Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference a Success!

March 16th, 2014

Watch this short video that shares some highlights from the 2014 Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference.

Over 120 people attended from 17 different states and 3 different countries.
We thank all of our sponsors, speakers and those in attendance for making this weekend a huge success!

Click here to check out our wonderful sponsors for this event!

For more information about the conference, visit www.tourettesyndromeconference.com


Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference

January 15th, 2014

BCTF Conference

Register Today for the premier education event on Tourette Syndrome in the Southeast:
“Breaking Down the Barriers”, Friday February 7th and Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Atlanta GA
  • CEUs and CMEs through Emory University
  • Be inspired by the story of Brad Cohen!
  • Learn the latest treatments from highly acclaimed Yale University’s Dr. James Leckman.
  • Take in the newest ideas of CBIT from Texas A&M’s Dr. Doug Woods.
  • Hear the educational strategies for the classroom and the impact of behavior with
    Sheryl Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P and Leslie Packer, Ph.D.

Date:
Friday, February 7th 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, February 8, 2014
8:00 AM  to 5:00 PM

Location:
Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Hotel & Travel: 
We have negotiated a discount hotel room rate for the weekend. Click here for Travel & Hotel information. 

Sessions:

For information on individual sessions and speakers click here.

**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE**

Discounts available for certain people. 

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.

2014 TOURETTE SYNDROME CONFERENCE

Friday Night Dinner with the Speakers!

Friday, February 7, 2014!

 

Join us for:
“An Evening to Learn About the Latest Findings on Tourette Syndrome:”
“Dinner with the Speakers”, Friday, February 7, 2014 in Atlanta GA
  • We welcome all Doctors and Professionals to attend this wonderful opportunity!
  • Learn the latest treatments from highly acclaimed Yale University’s Dr. James Leckman.
  • Take in the newest ideas of CBIT from Texas A&M’s Dr. Doug Woods.
  • Dinner will include a surf and turf plate for all in attendance. Wine will be included for the night.  
  • CMEs and CEUs through Emory University.  
  • You are welcome to bring your spouse for the evening, too.  

Dinner: Dinner with Leckman and Woods 
Location:
Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center
Atlanta, Georgia

**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DINNER**

Conference:
This dinner is part of a larger conference “Breaking Down the Barriers”

Date:
Friday, February 7, 2014
6:00 PM AM  to 9:00 PM


2014 Tourette Syndrome Conference in Atlanta, GA

September 9th, 2013

BCTF Conference

Tourette Syndrome Conference

February 8, 2014

Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Perimeter Marriott Hotel

www.TouretteSyndromeConference.com

 

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

A conference for individuals with Tourette Syndrome, teachers, parents of kids who have Tourette Syndrome, psycologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, counselors, physicians, neurologists, health care professionals, nurse practitioners and more!

Come learn the latest and greatest from our team of professionals that will be presenting:

** Be inspired by the story of Brad Cohen.

** Learn the latest treatments from highly acclaimed Yale University’s Dr. James Leckman. 

** Take in the newest ideas of CBIT (Cognative Behavior Therapy) from Texas A&M’s Dr. Doug Woods.

** Hear the educational strategies for the classroom from Sheryl Pruitt.

** Advance your knowledge on the behaviors you are dealing with as Leslie Packer shares.

** Learn more about your parental rights as we talk about IEP’s and 504 Plans.

** And of course the best part of all, you will have a chance to meet others who have TS or deal with TS.  Network and share with others who have been dealing with the same issues as you!

You can attend for as low as $99!

See the agenda, speakers, and location on the website.

*All those who register will receive a free copy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD, Front of the Class.

For more information and to register now, visit the website:  www.tourettesyndromeconference.com

Sponsored by:


An Evening of Cheers with Brad in Chicago, IL

August 24th, 2013

If you are in the Chicago, IL area, you are invited to join us at our next fundraiser for The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation as we do An Evening of Cheers with Brad on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza downtown.

 

 

ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW AT THIS WEBSITE: http://bradcohen.chirrpy.com

Come join us for a night of cheers and help support The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation as we raise funds to help support children with Tourette Syndrome across the United States.

We have some exciting things plannned:

General Admission $65 per person

7 pm – 10:00 pm

Includes:

• Free Parking

• Cash bar

• Presentation by Brad at 8:00 pm

• Silent auction, raffles, and buffet dinner

• Donations at the event welcome

 

 

VIP Experience $150 per person

6 pm – 10:00 pm

Private cocktail hour and Meet and Greet with Brad

Includes:

• 6 pm cocktail hour with cash bar with Brad (2 drink tickets provided)

• Front of the Class movie signed by Brad

• Free Parking

• Presentation by Brad at 8:00 pm

• Silent auction, raffles, and buffet dinner

• Donations at the event welcome

Click on this link to view our Foundation Video: http://bradcohentourettefoundation.com.s96002.gridserver.com/?page_id=1587

 

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THE EVENT:

Auto Haus
Campusbooks
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Chirrpy.com
Norm, Diane and Coco Cohen

We appreciate their support!

* Corporate sponsorship opportunities availible if interested

Interested in helping out by being on the committee or securing silent auction items/raffle items, email us at brad@bradcohentourettefoundation.com


July is “National Make a Difference to Children Month”

July 19th, 2013

THE POWER OF ONE

For National Make a Difference to Children Month, I ask you to remember my story, then go out there and pay it forward to help other children who could use your help.

Growing up, people didn’t believe in me and people didn’t want to give me a chance because I was different. I had Tourette Syndrome. What they didn’t know, was their actions gave me the fuel to overcome my disability and go on to become an award winning elementary school teacher and make a difference in the life of children across the United States.

Every time someone said, “Brad can’t do it,” I proved them wrong!

Here are eight ideas that helped me find success and they can help you make a difference in the life of a child near you.

1) The Power of One: Be that ONE person who makes a difference in the life of a child. When everyone else turns away and says “I can’t help that kid,” step up and prove them all wrong and support that child when nobody else will.
2) Keep that Positive Attitude: Show that child that even during the toughest times, keep your head up and look for the positive side of the situation.
3) Show You Care: Put your Ipads down and turn off your cell phones. Listen to what the child is saying and encourage them to be the best they can be.
4) Embrace their Passion: Help that child emerce themselves in whatever they love to do most. Enjoy the moment.
5) Help them Follow their Dreams: Learn what they love to do and help guide them towards success. Don’t allow anyone to take away a child’s dream. That dream may give them hope in life.
6) Focus on their Strengths, not their Weaknesses: Yes, some children have bigger weaknesses than others, but there is no need to remind children of this. Step up and look at the positive things the child is able to do.
7) Show Perseverance: Explain to children not to make excuses because one excuse will lead to the next. Model for them a “never-give-up” attitude. Show them they can do it.
8) Celebrate: When all else fails, celebrate like there’s no tomorrow. It doesn’t matter how big or small the celebration may be, just enjoy life and all the great things the child has to offer.

Cheers


Memorial Day Weekend:Front of the Class on The Hallmark Movie Channel

May 21st, 2013

Save the Date!

Front of the Class will air on The Hallmark Movie Channel on Sunday, May 26th at 9pm (EST)

Visit website for more information about when it will be on TV!
http://www.hallmarkmoviechannel.com/

You can download the Teacher’s Guide to use the movie in your classroom here: http://www.classperformance.com/movie-teachers-guide-for-movie/

You can buy the DVD to watch in the future here: http://www.classperformance.com/movie-front-of-the-class-dvd-signed/

Cheers
Brad


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