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Tony Coelho

Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Epilepsy Survivor & Advocate; Primary Sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Tony Coelho Biography

Tony Coelho is a former politician who represented California in the U.S. House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, Coelho was the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990. Coelho himself struggles with epilepsy, and he is a former chairman and current member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation.

At age 15, Coelho was injured in a pickup truck accident, which doctors later suggested was the precipitating event for the onset of his epilepsy. For years after the accident, Coelho did not know he had the illness.

Coelho graduated with a B.A. from Loyola University of Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1964. At Loyola, he was initiated as a brother in Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and a member of the prestigious Crimson Circle and later was elected Student Body President during his senior year.

After the Kennedy assassination, Coelho decided to become a priest. He went to a doctor for a medical exam, a prerequisite for entering into the seminary. The doctor informed him that he had epilepsy. Because of canon law, he was unable to become a priest. Once the diagnosis was reported to the state, Coelho lost both his driver's license and his health insurance.

He is a former chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of People With Disabilities. He also sits on the Council on American Politics, the advisory board of George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Coelho also served as an advisor of ZeniMax Media. Coelho also serves as a founding partner of Vectis Strategies, a national public affairs firm.

President Bill Clinton appointed Coelho the Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a position he held from 1994 to 2001.

Coelho served as chairman of Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign for a time, and he has also served as a senior adviser to the DNC.

Coelho received one of the inaugural Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards in 2013. The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards "recognize exemplary leaders in the disability sector around the globe who have had a profound impact on changing the lives of people with disabilities and champion their rights."

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  • What topics does Tony Coelho speak about?

    Tony Coelho is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Disability, Government, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Tony Coelho travel from?

    Tony Coelho generally travels from Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Tony Coelho’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Tony Coelho for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tony Coelho for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Tony Coelho or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Tony Coelho Biography

Tony Coelho is a former politician who represented California in the U.S. House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, Coelho was the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990. Coelho himself struggles with epilepsy, and he is a former chairman and current member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation.

At age 15, Coelho was injured in a pickup truck accident, which doctors later suggested was the precipitating event for the onset of his epilepsy. For years after the accident, Coelho did not know he had the illness.

Coelho graduated with a B.A. from Loyola University of Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1964. At Loyola, he was initiated as a brother in Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and a member of the prestigious Crimson Circle and later was elected Student Body President during his senior year.

After the Kennedy assassination, Coelho decided to become a priest. He went to a doctor for a medical exam, a prerequisite for entering into the seminary. The doctor informed him that he had epilepsy. Because of canon law, he was unable to become a priest. Once the diagnosis was reported to the state, Coelho lost both his driver's license and his health insurance.

He is a former chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of People With Disabilities. He also sits on the Council on American Politics, the advisory board of George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Coelho also served as an advisor of ZeniMax Media. Coelho also serves as a founding partner of Vectis Strategies, a national public affairs firm.

President Bill Clinton appointed Coelho the Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a position he held from 1994 to 2001.

Coelho served as chairman of Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign for a time, and he has also served as a senior adviser to the DNC.

Coelho received one of the inaugural Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards in 2013. The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards "recognize exemplary leaders in the disability sector around the globe who have had a profound impact on changing the lives of people with disabilities and champion their rights."

Tony Coelho Videos

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    President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act nearly 30 years ago. Former Democratic Congressman Tony Coelho championed the...
  • Rep. Tony Coelho Talks Disability at the DNC 2016
    Representative Tony Coelho talks about the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clinton campaign's outreach to the disability...
  • 2015 Keynote Address: Tony Coelho
    A United States Congressman for over 10 years, and the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho has been a tireless...

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  • How do I book Tony Coelho to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Tony Coelho for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Tony Coelho, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Tony Coelho or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Tony Coelho

    Speaking fees for Tony Coelho, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Tony Coelho are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Tony Coelho, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Tony Coelho speak about?

    Tony Coelho is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Disability, Government, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Tony Coelho travel from?

    Tony Coelho generally travels from Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Tony Coelho’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Tony Coelho for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tony Coelho for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Tony Coelho or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Tony Coelho is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tony Coelho for your event is available upon request. Tony Coelho generally travels from Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tom Harkin, Melody Barnes, Patrick Kennedy, Maysoon Zayid and Juan Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tony Coelho for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Former congressman on working with G.H.W. Bush on historic ...
    President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act nearly 30 years ago. Former Democratic Congressman Tony Coelho championed the bill and joins CBSN's "Red and Blue" to discuss...
    Rep. Tony Coelho Talks Disability at the DNC 2016
    Representative Tony Coelho talks about the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clinton campaign's outreach to the disability community, and the changes that have happened...
  • 2015 Keynote Address: Tony Coelho
    A United States Congressman for over 10 years, and the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho has been a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. In...

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