2015 Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference was a HUGE Success!

We are excited to share that over 130 people attended the 2nd Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference!



Keynote Speakers included: Justin Bachman, Sue Conners and Sheryl Pruitt. This year we included a Kid’s Track which had 29 participants learning about advocacy, social skills and bullying. We also included an Adult’s Track to give adults a chance to have conversations among themselves. We then gave plenty of time for people to network with others as we had a Tailgate Party after the conference and then attended the Atlanta Braves Baseball Game at Turner Field. It was a great social event to top off an incredible day.



Visit www.tourettesyndromeconference.com for more info!

We thank all of our sponsors, speakers and those in attendance for making this weekend a huge success!

Click here to see all of our sponsors for the conference!


Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Grant Winners!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Spring Grants!


1) Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Providing College Scholarship Funding to individuals with Tourette Syndrome


2) Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance

Family Camp Scholarship Program Scholarships for children to attend weekend retreat with their family


3) Camp Tanger

Tourette Syndrome Family Camp


4) TSA of Greater Washington

Tic Tic Tok Family Retreat


5) TSA-Minnesota

Family Summer Camp


The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation is honored to support these organizations and the programs they plan throughout the year. We give out grants two times a year to organizations that support our mission and vision of supporting children with Tourette Syndrome. To learn more, visit www.bradcohentourettefoundation.com

Meet Lucy: Public Speaker, Painter and Future Neurologist!

What is your name? Lucy


How old are you and where are you from? I’m 15 and I’m from Harker Heights, TX


How long have you had Tourette Syndrome? 1 year


What kinds of symptoms do you have? Coprolalia, blinking, jumping, scratching, self-hitting, barking, punching, OCD and so many others, but I don’t think that this page has enough room.


What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome? It’s like a roller coaster. There are good weeks and bad weeks.


What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome? Life with Tourette Syndrome is up and down, you just have to learn to roll with the punches.


What is the hardest thing about living with Tourette Syndrome? When I go out with my friends and people stare at me or give me weird looks. That is when having Tourette Syndrome bothers me the most.


What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome? Those bad words that you hear coming from my mouth, I’m truly sorry if you are offended by them, but that’s not me, that’s my Tourette Syndrome.


What are your strengths and what do you like to do? My strengths are that I can easily learn new things, I’m responsible, and I’m fun! I like public speaking, reading, painting, singing, biking, and learning!


What are your goals in life? I want to go to Med School and become a Neurologist. I might even specialize in Tourette Syndrome, so that way I can inspire patients who come to me and see that I may have Tourette Syndrome, but I didn’t let that stop me from pursuing my dream.

Save the Date: Atlanta Tourette Conference June 6, 2015














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Join us on June 6th, 2015 in Atlanta, GA for the 2nd Annual Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation Tourette Syndrome Conference as we continue to “Break Down the Barriers” and educate teachers, parents, adults with TS, and all those who work with people who have Tourette Syndrome.


This year we will be celebrating Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and attending the Atlanta Braves Baseball game. This will be a great way to socialize with other families who support children with Tourette Syndrome.



Our goal this year is to create a conference that is more affordable for the entire family to attend. This year we are inviting children ages 5-17 to attend the children’s track as we focus on social skills, bullying, advocacy and a sense of community so the kids see they are not alone. We will also have a track for adults with TS so they can have plenty of time to socialize and address appropriate topics for the group.


At the one day conference, hear about the latest treatments in the TS community, hear educational strategies for the classroom, learn about TS behaviors, learn about Parential Rights and IEP’s/504 Plans, learn more about OCD, ADHD, Executive Functioning and the associated behaviors and learn more about social skills that can help your kids. Excellent Speakers: Justin Bachman, Sue Conners, Sheryl Pruitt, and more!



Save the date and plan to join us in Atlanta, GA to learn more about Tourette Syndrome! Don’t miss this amazing event! Help us spread the word!

Sign-up Now: http://tourettesyndromeconference.com


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Congratulations to our 2014 Fall Grant Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Fall Grants! 

 

1)    Joshua Center in Kansas City

Social Skills


2) New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome

Family Retreat Weekend

Scholarships for children to attend weekend retreat with their family


3) Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance

Self Advocacy “Accept Me Peer Training” Program

Training for children with Tourette Syndrome to become advocates in their schools


4) TSA-Texas

Camp du Ballon Rouge Children’s Weekend

Scholarships for children with Tourette Syndrome to attend weekend camp


5) TSA of Greater New York State

Camp Ticapalooza

Scholarships for children with Tourette Syndrome to attend weekend camp


6) Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization

Speaker, Sue Conners to visit and speak in the area.


7) TSA-Florida

Family Weekend

Help support a family weekend in the Florida area.


The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation is honored to support these organizations and the programs they plan throughout the year.  We give out grants two times a year to organizations that support our mission and vision of supporting children with Tourette Syndrome.  To learn more, visit www.bradcohentourettefoundation.com

Meet AJ: Bicyclist, Video Gamer and Future Software Developer

What is your name? AJ


How old are you and where are you from? 14, from Covington, GA


How long have you had Tourette Syndrome? I was diagnosed when I was in the 5th grade, and I’m in the 9th grade currently.


What kinds of symptoms do you have? Punching, eye twitching, grunting, sniffing, and pseudo seizures


What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome? At first it was fine, but lately I haven’t been able to hang out with my friends because of it. However, that gives me time for things that are meaningful.


What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome? While Tourette syndrome can be very hard to live with, it is a major part of you. Don’t be in denial; Tourette’s is a gift. It makes you unique. Normal is boring.


What is the hardest thing about living with Tourette Syndrome? Sometimes I miss school because of all the pseudo seizures, and I can’t do some fun things with my friends, but I learn to get over it.


What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome? Tourette’s is not just shouting obscenities. It’s more than that. If you think Tourette’s is just that, then you need to be educated.


What are your strengths and what do you like to do? I am very good at video game and software development, and I also love riding my bicycle and playing video games. I also am known to be very good at teaching, due to helping in Childrens Church a lot.


What are your goals in life? I want to own a software development company. I already made a social network for people with Tourette’s. It’s called The Tic Connection ( http://theticconnection.weebly.com/I want to help other ticcers.

Grant Application Deadline is September 1st


If your organization is interested in applying for a grant for the Fall of 2014, it will be due on September 1st.  We will be making our decisions shortly after this date as our Board of Directors will be getting together .

We look forward to supporting the needs of children with Tourette Syndrome across the United States!



Click here for the updated Grant Application!





If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks!

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Meet Trent: Animator, creator and future artist

What is your name? Trent


How old are you and where are you from?  23, and I’m from Prairie Village, Kansas.

How long have you had Tourette Syndrome? My whole life; I was diagnosed when I was three.


What kinds of symptoms do you have?  I have body spasms, including turning my head to the left and extending my left arm. 


What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome?  It is as normal as it can be.  I am blessed in the fact that my family and friends have always been very understanding and kind about it.  If someone is looking at me funny in public due to my tics, I just kindly explain to them that I have Tourette’s, and they almost always understand.


What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome?  I would say to them that, “You can’t help it, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.  And If anyone picks on you for it, forgive them, because they just don’t understand.” 


What is the hardest thing about living with Tourette Syndrome?

Whenever I have long bouts of tics per day, it sometimes makes my body sore, and they can also be exhausting.


What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome?

I would like them to know what it is, exactly, and that there is more to it than just cursing. 


What are your strengths and what do you like to do?

My strengths are that I am kind, strong, and responsible (if I do say so myself.)


I love cartoons, and as such, I like to make them myself!  I create animations and short films all the time, and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute last year with a BFA in animation.  I am always thinking up new ideas and stories, and I love to draw them out, write them out, and then make them into a full fledged cartoon!


(In fact, see an animated film I made about Tourette’s here:  vimeo.com/66490253)


What are your goals in life?

My biggest goeal is to start my own animation/film studio and create my own films and T.V. Shows. 

I’d love to work at other studios beforehand, too, and meet my heroes from the film/animation industry.

2014 Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference A Success!





































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Over 120 people attended from 17 different states and 3 different countries.



Keynote Speakers included: Dr. James Leckman (Yale University), Dr. Doug Woods (Texas A & M University), Sheryl Pruitt (Parkaire Consultants), Dr. Leslie Packer and Brad Cohen.



We thank all of our sponsors, speakers and those in attendance for making this weekend a huge success!


SPONSORS: Click here to check out our wonderful sponsors for this event!



Please check out our 2 minute video from the conference and thanks for helping us make a difference in the lives of children who have Tourette Syndrome.


VIDEO: Click link to view now: http://youtu.be/w-R7o8gb4Qg