Kids Speak Up!

March 15, 2005
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

The Kids Speak Up! Campaign provides an opportunity for young people between the ages of 7 and 16 years of age to go to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected officials and to help the Foundation present the need for a better public understanding of epilepsy and research toward a cure. Joining Joyce is Nichelle Schoultz, State Relations and Grassroots Manager for the National Epilepsy Foundation and Activities Coordinator for the Speak Up Speak Out advocacy campaign, including Kids Speak Up!, and Brady Stevenson and Matt Wurzer, two student participants in the Kids Speak Up! Campaign. Ms. Schoultz monitors state and federal issues, primarily involving access to health care.

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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