Tony Coelho was not intending to be a disability rights advocate, he was on track to be a priest. But when he found out he had epilepsy, the Catholic Church told him that there was no way he was going to do that job. The misfortune for the Priesthood, became a blessing for people with disabilities and our American government in the House of Representatives.
While in the House, he was a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Mr. Coelho has been the Democratic Minority Whip and is credited by congressional colleagues as the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
Today, on Life’s New Normal, he shares with us what it meant to be treated different as a youth and as an adult. He also focuses our attention on what all of us can do to ensure all citizens have a fair shake and fair shot at the American dream. And, finally he shares what happened when he went to the Vatican to address the one person that could have made a difference with Tony going into the Priesthood.
Settle in with a great cup of joe and be enlightened by the Honorable Tony Coelho.
John Register, Paralympic Silver Medalist | Inspirational Catalyst | Change Management Speaker | Author | Long Jump Record Holder | Gulf War Vet | Disability Rights Advocate | 2 x TEDx Speaker who shows business leaders and sports professionals how to courageously step up to championship performance by walking in the new normal.
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