Southeast Transition Institute (SETI)

for Deaf-Blind Youth
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Meet Our Keynote Speaker for SETI 2022: Cody Colchado

“Blind Strongman” (Texas Country Reporter)


Cody Colchado, Jr. is a husband and a father, an athlete and a coach, a competitor and a champion.  He was born with hearing loss and began losing his vision, at age 17, due to Usher syndrome.  A member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Powerlifting Hall of Fame, Cody has numerous titles, 33 world championships, and numerous world records.  He became the first American to win the World’s Strongest Disabled Man in 2015.  Cody has earned a baccalaureate degree in Adapted Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology.  And as a parent of two children with disabling conditions, he has developed a broad perspective on the impacts of disability.  Cody Colchado brings authenticity and insight to presentations on overcoming challenges, taking risks, and achieving goals.

“I consider myself a champion because of my attitude, strong beliefs, and my confidence—which is my courage.  And you, too, can be a champion regardless of the barriers.  Let us break down those barriers together!”   

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