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 2007

  • Sunbourne Elementary School

    Location: London, England
    Date/Time: Jan 3rd, 2007

  • Capital One

    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Date/Time: Feb 1st, 2007
    Description: All Hands Meeting Keynote Speaker

  • Capital One

    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Date/Time: Feb 9th, 2007
    Description: All Hands Meeting Keynote Speaker

  • Kentucky Conference on Communication Disorders

    Location: Lexington, KY
    Date/Time: Mar 1st, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Kentucky Conference on Communication Disorders

    Location: Lexington, KY
    Date/Time: Mar 3rd, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • PACTH-Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship

    Location: Penn state University - State College, P
    Date/Time: Mar 17th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Presentation and Breakout Sessions

  • Exceptional Child Conference for Georgia

    Location: Macon, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 17th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Anderson University Education Department

    Location: Anderson, South Carolina
    Date/Time: Apr 3rd, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Conference(IAASE)

    Location: Collinsville, IL
    Date/Time: Apr 18th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions

  • Disability Awareness Week

    Location: St. Louis Community College, Meramec
    Date/Time: Apr 25th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • The Summit on Leading Diversity

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: May 5th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • United Cerbal Palsy Assoc. of PA

    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    Date/Time: Jun 7th, 2007
    Description: Unique Community Programs for Kids Conference, UPC-Kids

  • State Farm Meeting on Diversity

    Location: Duluth, GA
    Date/Time: Jul 12th, 2007 at 9:00 a.m
    Description: Keynote Speaker for Division Meeting on Diversity

  • Cobb County New Teacher Institute

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Jul 23rd, 2007 at 9:00 a.m
    Description: Opening Session Speaker

  • Kent County Public Schools Annual Staff Meeting

    Location: Kent County, Maryland
    Date/Time: Aug 19th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Tourette Syndrome Association of St. Louis

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date/Time: Sep 8th, 2007
    Description: Keynote Speaker at Fundraiser at The Chase Hotel

  • South Carolina Department of Education Leadership Program

    Location: Columbia, SC
    Date/Time: Dec 7th, 2007
    Description: Keynote and Breakout Session

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