Tony Coelho reflects on his life with epilepsy.

By Judith O'Toole
EpilepsyUSA staff
Posted: June 17, 2002

The following article is the second in a two-part series. The first part appeared in the March/April 2002 issue of EpilepsyUSA.

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990, Tony Coelho was there. He stood on the South Lawn of the White House and watched as President George H.W. Bush signed it into law. For Coelho, it was an emotional moment.

Bender Consulting Services Named Employer of the Year for 1999

(Pittsburgh) Bender Consulting Services, Inc. has been selected as the recipient of the 1999 Employer of the Year Award from hireAbility in Philadelphia. This award is presented each year to an employer in the business community that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of the mission of hireAbility and the employment of individuals with a disability. HireAbility is a nonprofit organization that matches qualified people with disabilities to job openings at area businesses at no cost to employers or applications.

Prentke-Romich Award Speech

United Cerebral Palsy Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN
April 26, 2002

I am very honored to be here accepting such a prestigious award. To receive an award sponsored by a respected company such as Prentke-Romich is a great source of pride. I would like to thank Prentke-Romich for providing communication devices for people who cannot communicate. Not only do they provide many different types of devices to suit the needs of many types of disabilities, but also they continue to bring forth new technologies to help others gain their freedom.


Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Employee Wins Prentke Romich Communication Technology Employment Award

PITTSBURGH, PA-James "Jamie" Protho, Associate Systems Consultant for Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ) a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm that hires technology professionals with disabilities, will be the recipient of the Prentke Romich Communication Technology Employment Award. This national award is sponsored by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of America. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved success in employment by using augmentative communication devices.

Tech Summit 2002

A unique conference is planned for March 30th and 31st in Newark, Delaware and will feature a prominent Pittsburgh area businesswoman.

Tech Summit 2002 is an innovative career awareness event designed for 9th grade students. At the event, 5000 students from northern Delaware will converge to learn about high-tech careers and what skills and education are required to succeed in these fields. From a series of varied workshops, students will select presentations which pique their interests.

Highmark Appreciation Breakfast Speech

By James Protho
Rivers Club, February 18, 2002 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I have been asked to talk about what having competitive employment means to me.


Creating Competitive Employment For All People With Abilities: A Unique Partnership

Remarks by: Johnny J. Butler, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
"Recognition Breakfast"
Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Highmark, Inc.
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, January 23, 2002


Lower Burrell Rehab office helps disabled find work

Valley News Dispatch
Monday, January 21, 2002

This is in response to a recent letter about rights for people with disabilities and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). While it's true that we as a nation are not as far advanced as we would all like to be as far as people with disabilities, it's certainly not the proverbial Dark Ages.

Not Exactly What We Intended, Justice O'Connor

By Steny H. Hoyer
Washington Post

Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Recognized by Smart Business Network as a 2002 Pacesetters Award Winner

PITTSBURGH, PA-Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ), a Pittsburgh-based information technology consulting firm, was recently selected to be one of several companies to receive the 2002 Pacesetters Award, sponsored by the Smart Business Network (SBN). This is the third year for the award that honors executives of small businesses who are making an impact on business in the Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Akron, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA areas.


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