Message From President Obama


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Published on Oct 8, 2012

NFDI2012 Video 7: Former Congressman Tony Coelho introduces a video message from President Barack Obama and speaker Ted Kennedy, Jr. for President Barack Obama.

The National Forum on Disability Issues 2012 featured Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy Jr., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) speaking on behalf of their respective parties to present the campaigns’ positions on matters relating to Americans with disabilities. Ohio Senate Republican nominee Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio Senator Sen. Brown participated. The speakers were given the opportunity to provide their positions on a wide variety of disability issues directly to the disability community. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and former CNN White House correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief, served as Forum moderator. This is the only national event to focus specifically on disability issues.


*Coelho was credited by Congressional colleagues as the primary sponsor[9] of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. By 1994, four years after the law’s passage, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that some 800,000 more people with severe disabilities had found employment than were employed when the ADA was first enacted.[10]    *

Excerpt from the Congressional Record-House, July 12, 1990, headed “Tribute to Hon. Tony Coelho,” 136 Cong. Rec. 17297, 1990.
10 “Coelho Reflects on the Law,” The Modesto Bee, January 18, 1997, B1.


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