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 2015

  • Congregation Etz Chaim

    Location: Marietta, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 13th, 2015 at 6:30pm
    Description: Jewish Disability Awareness Month Keynote Speaker

  • Primrose School Local Conference

    Location: Powder Springs, GA
    Date/Time: Feb 21st, 2015 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Primrose School Local Conference (rescheduled)

    Location: Powder Springs, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 14th, 2015 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • The Growing Leaders Foundation

    Location: Alpharetta, GA
    Date/Time: Mar 26th, 2015 at 7pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker at Fundraiser

  • Council for Exceptional Children National Convention

    Location: San Diego, CA
    Date/Time: Apr 8th, 2015 at 5:00pm
    Description: Opening General Session Keynote Speaker

  • Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Jun 6th, 2015 at 8:00am
    Description: Host at Tourette Syndrome Conference Register/Learn more at:

  • University of Kansas\' Transition Coalition Conference

    Location: Lawrence, Kansas
    Date/Time: Jun 9th, 2015 at 9am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Bradley Univeristy Leadership Summit

    Location: Peoria, IL
    Date/Time: Jun 12th, 2015 at 6:00pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Pinellas County Schools ESE Summer Institute

    Location: Clearwater, FL
    Date/Time: Jun 24th, 2015 at 9:00am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Growing Leaders National Leadership Forum

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Date/Time: Jun 26th, 2015
    Description: Keynote Speaker at The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center Learn more at:

  • PACER Symposium

    Location: Minneapolis, MN Convention Center
    Date/Time: Aug 4th, 2015 at 9am
    Description: Keynote Speaker at The PACER Symposium children and young adults with mental health and learning disabilities

  • OSPI/WASA Special Education Directors Conference

    Location: Tacoma, WA
    Date/Time: Aug 7th, 2015 at 8:30am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

    Location: Lynchburg, VA
    Date/Time: Oct 2nd, 2015 at 10am
    Description: Keynote Speaker

  • Camp Coleman Olim Conference

    Location: Cleveland, GA
    Date/Time: Oct 24th, 2015 at 3pm
    Description: Keynote Speaker

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