Andrés Gallegos is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, where he focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. Andrés founded and directs the law firm’s disability rights practice and its 8-year old initiative to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities. Through Andrés’ direction and leadership, a three prong approach of education (for consumers and providers), advocacy, and, when required, litigation, is used to attain accessible healthcare services for persons with disabilities and effectuate systemic change. Andrés currently leads his firm’s collaboration efforts with a number of healthcare systems, managed care organizations, national dental and retail healthcare providers to ensure that persons across all types of disabilities receive the equal opportunity to benefit from their services. He has written numerous articles for national and state professional healthcare and legal organizations on matters relating to the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to healthcare providers, and is a frequent lecturer on that subject. Andrés is the 2015 recipient of the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. He is a recent two-term past-member of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois, having been appointed by the governor, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living. Andrés graduated with Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he attained a Juris Doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law.
In this episode of the Asked and Answered: Lived and Learned series, Andrés Gallegos says he learned never to let anyone else's perception of his capabilities limit him in achieving his dreams.
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