BCTF offered support during TS Awareness Month

From May 15 through June 15, 2010 the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation hosted a series of  discussions featuring special guests who talked about their experiences with Tourette syndrome and the advice they’d give from their own unique perspectives.  Hosted by Brad Cohen himself, the series invited individuals to call-in and listen to live interviews and email questions for each special guest.

Guests included Ellen, Brad’s mom, who was portrayed by Patricia Heaton in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class.  Ellen talked about her search for a diagnosis for Brad and how she supported him through his challenges to ultimately become that award-winning teacher.


On May 25th, Brad sat down with James Wolk, actor and BCTF Board Member as they reminisced about the filming of Front of the Class.  James talked about his experiences portraying Brad and what brining his important message to millions of people on this CBS special meant to him.


On June 3, Sheryl Pruitt, M.ED., ET/P, member of the BCTF advisory board and co-author of books on TS and associated disorders discussed with Brad the difficulties that TS pose to children as they navigate their lives in the classroom and in society.


And on June 12, Brad and author Dylan Peters discussed Dylan’s book that he wrote when he was nine.  Dylan spoke eloquently about his life with TS and how kids can achieve their dreams.


The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation will sponsor more events like this in the future months to provide useful information for those affected by TS and the families and friends who care for them!

198 Responses to “BCTF offered support during TS Awareness Month”

  1. Irma Shainberg Sheon says:

    Dear Brad and Ellen Jane,
    I had hoped to get in on a discussion with you both last May. I think I was registered, but obviously I didn’t get to the telephone at the crucial time. I am happy to have another chance to tell you both how proud I am to be able to say I am related. You both are inspiring beyond words.
    “Front of the Class” was wonderful, and I am amazed every time I see it that your difficult journey could be done so incredibly well by the movie makers. The new web site is great, and seeing that wonderful photo of you, Ellen, has made my day. Congratulations to you all on adorable Dylan, and heartiest best wishes for continued growth and success in all your endeavors.
    Love, Irma

  2. Sueli Nascimento says:

    Brad e Ellen,
    Perdoem-me por postar este comentário em português, que é minha língua natural, pois sou brasileira e não tenho segurança em escrever em inglês. Espero que possam me compreender. Estou emocionada e entusiasmada após assistir ao filme Front of the Class. Meu filho, hoje com 9 anos, vem desenvolvendo sintomas já diagnosticados por sua terapeuta (psicóloga) como Síndrome de Tourette, por esta razão tenho procurado me informar mais e mais a respeito deste distúrbio neurológico. A dedicação de mãe, tão bem demonstrada no filme, trouxe para mim esperança e coragem para continuar acreditando que meu filho conseguirá vencer não só a Tourette, mas, principalmente, o TDAH (Transtorno do Déficit de Atenção com Hiperatividade) e suas consequências…

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