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 2010

  • Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA)

    Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date/Time: Jan 24th, 2010 at 9:00am
    Description: Closing Keynote Speaker for Conference

  • Camp Twitch and Shout Reunion/Kickoff

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Jan 30th, 2010 at 1-4pm
    Description: BOWLING PARTY Come hang out with those who attended camp in 2009. We also invite those who are interested in learning more about camp in 2010. We welcome the entire family. Details at the camp website:

  • Kids Enabled Resource Fair

    Location: Decatur, GA
    Date/Time: Jan 31st, 2010 at 2-5pm
    Description: Keynote speaker and Book/DVD signing Open to the public for FREE 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033 Oak Grove United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

  • Kennesaw State University Education Department

    Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
    Date/Time: Feb 16th, 2010 at 5:00pm
    Description: Keynote speaker at \"Meet the Author\" to education students

  • Cobb Education Consortium

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 18th, 2010 at 10am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Trinity Christian College

    Location: Palos Heights, IL (Chicago Suburb)
    Date/Time: Mar 2nd, 2010 at 7pm
    Description: This event is free and open to the public. Speaking on \"Overcoming Obstacles and Winning the Game of Life.\" The event is sponsored by the Alexander DeJong Center for Special Education at Trinity Christian College. The event will take place in the Ozinga Chapel. See link for more info:

  • University of West Georgia Honors Convocation for College of Education

    Location: Carrollton, Georgia
    Date/Time: Apr 15th, 2010 at 4:30pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker Free and open to the public Visit website for more information

  • Twitch, Shout & Ride For Tourette Kids

    Location: Gainesville, Georgia
    Date/Time: Apr 24th, 2010 at 10:00am
    Description: Keynote speaker for Fundraiser. 9am sign in for motorcycle ride, 10am ride begins 12:00 Lunch and Brad speaks Gainesville First Baptist Church You can ride, just do lunch, or do it all! For more info, visit:

  • Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

    Location: Austin, Texas
    Date/Time: Jun 11th, 2010 at 10:30-12
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Learning Fest 2010

    Location: Troy University in Troy, AL
    Date/Time: Jun 14th, 2010 at 8:30
    Description: Speaker- Held in Claudia Crosby Theater, Smith Hall, Troy University, Troy, AL 8:30-10:00 and 10:15-11:45 Book/DVD signing afterwards For more info contact Terry White at 334-670-3594 phone

  • Panhandle Area Educational Consortium

    Location: Chipley, Florida
    Date/Time: Jun 16th, 2010 at 8:15am
    Description: Keynote Speaker For more info visit:

  • CHARACTERplus 16th Annual Character Education Conference

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Date/Time: Jun 24th, 2010 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker For more information contact Barbara at 314-692-9721

  • Camp Twitch and Shout

    Location: Winder, GA (Camp Will-A-Way)
    Date/Time: Jun 27th, 2010 at 2pm
    Description: The dates of camp will be June 27th-July 2nd. Learn more at the website:

  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program- Junior Conference

    Location: Lenoir Rhyne College, NC
    Date/Time: Jul 24th, 2010 at 8pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Charter Schools USA Annual Summit

    Location: Orlando, FL
    Date/Time: Aug 17th, 2010 at 9:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Camp Twitch and Shout Family Weekend

    Location: Winder, GA (Will-A-Way)
    Date/Time: Aug 27th, 2010 at 5pm
    Description: Our Family Weekend will be August 27th-29th. Learn more at

  • National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference

    Location: Dallas, Texas
    Date/Time: Oct 23rd, 2010 at 11:00am
    Description: Closing Keynote Speaker

  • Kennesaw State University

    Location: Kennesaw, GA
    Date/Time: Nov 8th, 2010 at 5pm
    Description: Department of Education and guests Open to the public

  • East Cobb PTA Teacher/Principal Appreciation Lunch

    Location: East Cobb
    Date/Time: Dec 2nd, 2010 at 2:00pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

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