Archive for February, 2008

Amit to Honor Me at 7th Annual Community Event

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008
The Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta GA 30303
5:30 – Wine reception and heavy hors d’oeurves
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Program, live auction and concert
The Amit Program’s
Seventh Annual Community Event
“Music with a Message”

Peter Yarrow in Concert
From the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary

I was honored by the Amit Program for my involvement in the education system for children who have special needs. My family and I had a chance to be around a great organization that raises funds to help kids with special needs in the private schools in Atlanta.
Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary shared his famous musical songs like Puff the Magic Dragon, and If I Had a Hammer. His program Operation Respect (
) is one that reminds students to treat others fairly as well as dream to be what they want to be.

Our Neighbor-Keynote Speaker

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

In February, I had a chance to be the keynote speaker at the Our Neighbor event in Gainesville, GA. Our Neighbor is an organization that raises money to help fund housing and support for those in the community who have had accidents and are now in wheelchairs. This organization buys them the housing they need in order to help them live in our society as comfortably as possible.
We sat with the Lovett Family and had a chance to meet many influential people in the community who are devoted to making a difference. My message came across loud and clear that not only did they need to raise funds for their organization, but the community as a whole needed to support these people who had their lives chanced in just a moments time. I reminded them of my story when nobody wanted to hire me as an elementary school teacher. But on my 25th interview, I was finally hired. Just a year later I was named the First Class Teacher of the Year in the State of Georgia. It’s amazing what can happen when someone gives someone else a chance.
Thanks for the opportunity to speak at your event and keep making a difference.

New England Financial-Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

What an honor it was to be able to speak at New England Financial Awards Banquet Dinner in Atlanta. I had a chance to share my story with the group and remind them that they too may have difficult times in a tough market, but at the same time, if I can overcome my life challenges, they too and overcomes their daily challenges. We also discussed all the good things they do for people with disabilities. Providing them with the correct insurances they need is very important. Many times people with disabilities are denied or given insurance at very high premiums which isn’t fair. I reminded the group that it is important to fight for those who don’t have a voice.

South Carolina Department of Education

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

My experience in visiting administrators from the state of South Carolina was great. We met in Columbia at the Department of Education where I had a chance to share my story with the group.
Then we spent the rest of the day talking about Tourette Syndrome and strategies they can use in the classrooms and in the school. Everyone in the group got a copy of my book, Front of the Class to bring back to their community.
Thanks for allowing me a chance to share my insight with educators in South Carolina.

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"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

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Peter J. Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Professor and
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Purdue University

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