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 2013

  • South Carolina Elementary Childhood Association

    Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    Date/Time: Feb 2nd, 2013 at 10:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Marietta Kiwanis

    Location: Marietta Conference Center
    Date/Time: Mar 7th, 2013 at 11:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Kennesaw State University

    Location: Kennesaw, GA
    Date/Time: Apr 1st, 2013 at 3:30
    Description: Prillaman Hall Auditorium Front of the Class is being used as a Novel Study for Education Candidates enrolled in INED 3304. This will be a Meet The Author Event! Book signing to follow. Contact Jill Williams for more information about the event. Department of Inclusive Education Kennesaw State University 678-797-2658

  • Missouri Transition Institute

    Location: Jefferson City, MO
    Date/Time: Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:30
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Jr. Conference

    Location: Hickory, NC
    Date/Time: Jul 26th, 2013 at 6:00pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Colquitt County Schools

    Location: Moultrie, GA
    Date/Time: Aug 1st, 2013 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Muscle Shoals City Schools

    Location: Florence, AL
    Date/Time: Aug 14th, 2013 at 8:30
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Coldspring-Oakhurst CISP School District

    Location: Houston, TX
    Date/Time: Aug 19th, 2013 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Arizona\'s 13th Annual Transition Conference

    Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    Date/Time: Sep 30th, 2013 at 9:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation Fundraiser

    Location: Chicago, IL
    Date/Time: Oct 5th, 2013 at 7:00pm
    Description: Visit for more information.

  • North Dakota Title I, Special Education, and 21st CCLC Fall Conference

    Location: Bismarck, ND
    Date/Time: Oct 11th, 2013 at 8:30
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Camp Coleman

    Location: Cleveland, GA
    Date/Time: Oct 12th, 2013 at 3:00pm
    Description: Speaker at their Leadership Development Convention

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