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Disability Garrison – Episode 08: Shaping the ADA with Tony Coelho (I Can Series Part 3)

February 15, 2022

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“I call my parents and I say, ‘I have epilepsy.’ And my mom says, ‘No son of ours has epilepsy.'”

When faced with hardships, Tony Coelho found purpose through helping others. Join Michael and Holly in this discussion with Tony about the darkest time in his life. They also talk about how it all led to him authoring the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This mini episode is part of a month-long series with Tony Coelho.

Because of the ADA, I Can…

This year, the ADA turns 32 years old. And throughout February, the Disability Garrison is releasing mini podcast episodes with special guest Tony Coelho. How has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed your life? From service animals to curb ramps and wheelchair-accessible restrooms–the ADA helped make the world more accessible to everyone.

To celebrate this step forward for human rights, we want to hear your stories.

By entering on the correct Facebook post, you’ll be entered to win $50. Just reply to the weekly post with the hashtag #Thx2ADA, and tell us why you are grateful to the ADA. We’ll also highlight stories on our website.

Tony’s Story

Tony Coelho is the former House Majority Whip and the primary author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He wanted to be a priest, but when he went to start seminary, it was discovered that he has epilepsy. Because of his disability, he was not allowed to become a priest. Tony later became a staff member for Congressman Bernie Sisk, and eventually began his own political career. Since exiting politics, he has worked in business and public service. Tony is a member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities. He is a founding partner of Vectis Strategies, and also served as an advisor of ZeniMax Media. He was inducted to the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame in 2015 for his commitment to mentoring and helping people with disabilities.

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