“We in the disability community don’t want more than everyone else has, but we want the same things that everyone else has,”
December 4, 2018
The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation, located at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, was founded by former Congressman Tony Coelho. According to their Facebook page, the interdisciplinary center “seeks to increase the pipeline of law students with disabilities” in order to get more of them into the professional field. An inauguration was held for The Coelho Center on November 5, where they held a symposium called “Disability Impact: Breaking Through Barriers to Civic Leadership”. It’s no coincidence that the inauguration of the center was held the day before the midterm elections, in that the panels discussed issues that pose challenges to the disabled people’s civic engagement and leadership, among many other things.
Congressman Coelho, represented California’s 15th Congressional District and was one of the primary authors of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While he is a successful politician, Coelho is also part of the disability community and has lived with epilepsy since he was 15 years old. During Coelho’s interview with host Ethan Bearman today, he reminisced about working on the ADA with late president George H.W. Bush. Coelho says H.W. Bush was very passionate about rights for the disabled due to the fact that all three of his children had disabilities.
Listen to the full interview below.