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How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had
by Brad Cohen with Lisa Wysocky
ISBN: 978-1-889242-24-8 / ISBN-10: 1-889242-24-1, $22.95, hardcover
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As a child in the 1970s and into his teens, Brad Cohen was viewed by many adults as purposefully misbehaving when, in fact, he had no control over his twitches and noises, which only increased in number and intensity the more stress he felt. “Woop! Ja . . . ja . . . JA!” Brad was ridiculed, mocked, beaten up, and shunned. Even today he is ejected from movies and restaurants. Has it stopped him? Not on your life. This story of personal challenges and unwavering determination proves anyone can make their dreams come true. Brad Cohen, Tourette syndrome and all, won Georgia’s First Class Teacher of the Year Award and continues to be the teacher he never had. His compelling story concludes with 23 motivational tips on living with a disability. No one can read Brad’s story and fail to see the power of a positive attitude.

“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

“This is a story for every underdog, for everyone who has ever stumbled in life, for anyone who thinks life has dealt them a little more than they can handle.” — Jim Eisenreich, former professional baseball player with Tourette syndrome

“Thank you, Brad, for your determination, your spirit, your compassion, and your perseverance, and thank you for daring to share it with all of us.” — Susan Conners, Education Specialist, Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.

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