The Employment of Japanese People with Disabilities

September 22, 2020
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

Joyce welcomes Makito Kamiya, CEO and founder of Associa, which provides social skills training at Associa Social University for people with cognitive disabilities, so they are more readily employable and Takanori Sai, Assistant to the Chairperson, DPI International to the show. Mr. Sai has overseen Japan’s dealing with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), anti-discrimination law and disability inclusion in the workplace and education. Aside from his current job, he has been conducting research on regulations/laws on disabilities in Korea as an adjunct member of the JETRO Institute of Developing Economies. Discussed will be their individual work to advance the employment of people with disabilities. Among the topics discussed will be how Japan is addressing the effect of COVID-19 on individuals with disabilities and progress on the employment initiatives in Japan since Joyce’s visit in 2018.

Disability Matters

Disability Matters

Tuesday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show. Broadcast live and captioned in real-time for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, we discuss how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities, and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.

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Joyce Bender

Joyce Bender

Joyce A. Bender is the CEO and president of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Bender Consulting recruits and hires individuals with disabilities, across the United States and Canada for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors. In 1985, Joyce survived a life-threatening accident caused by a misdiagnosis of epilepsy. Due to her personal experience living with both epilepsy and a hearing disability, she founded Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995.

Joyce is the past-chair of both the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the national Epilepsy Foundation. She has received awards from both the Bush and Clinton administrations.

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