2015 Tourette Syndrome Conference to Bring Together Children, Parents and Educators

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“Breaking Down the Barriers” made possible by Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation and Kars4Kids Small Grant Program

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We want them to know they are not alone. We want to teach them strategies to be successful in life.

In conjunction with Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15-June 15), the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation is holding a conference for children and adults to break down the barriers confronting those with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and related disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), at home and school and in social settings. Highlights on the conference agenda include workshops on advocacy training for the children, entertainment from magician Ken Scott, and a post-conference tailgate party and baseball game at the home of the Atlanta Braves.

“Our two goals for the conference are to educate people about Tourette Syndrome and provide networking and social opportunities for families to see they are not alone,” says Brad Cohen, President of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation and motivational speaker and author. “This year, we decided to not only focus on the parents, educators and adults with Tourette’s, but also focus on the children. Many of them have never met another person with Tourette Syndrome. We want them to know they are not alone. We want to teach them strategies to be successful in life.”

Attendees will hear as Cohen, the driving force behind the conference, shares his inspiring story of career and personal success while living with Tourette’s, as well as from keynote speaker Justin Bachman, Ohio Youth Ambassador for the National Tourette Syndrome Association. Other speakers include Sue Connors, Founder and President of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State and author of The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers; Sheryll Pruitt, Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic serving neurologically impaired individuals and a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation; and Cohen’s mentee, 8th grader Tommy Molter, Georgia TSA Youth Ambassador.

"When participants leave this conference, we want them to leave with a positive attitude and know they can help their kids/students be successful in life," says Cohen.

“Breaking Down the Barriers,” as the conference is dubbed, is sponsored in part by a small grant from national nonprofit Kars4Kids.

Who: Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation, with the help of several sponsors, including Kars4Kids, Parkaire Consultants, The Stephen and Marianne Garber Foundation and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.

What: Conference for individuals with TS, parents, educators, therapists and health care professionals, followed by tailgate party and Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Registration for adults and children ages 5 and up is open until June 6. For more information, visit http://tourettesyndromeconference.com/

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

Where: Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel
             Turner Field

About Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation: The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation (BCTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to help children with Tourette Syndrome learn how to coexist with others who may not understand TS. BCTF supports the socialization, achievements, and education of those with Tourette Syndrome and other non-profit/tax-exempt organizations focusing on the needs of those with Tourette Syndrome.

About Kars4Kids: Kars4Kids is a nonprofit car donation charity that funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families by providing a network of services and individualized educational resources including educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation, and guidance counseling. Follow Kars4Kids on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for news and updates.

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