Elijah Armstrong/Noor Perez: 2021 Paul Hearne Award Winners

March 15, 2022
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

Joyce is pleased to have as her guests, the 2021 Paul Hearne Emerging Leaders Award Winners, Elijah Armstrong and Noor Perez, on the show. These young disability rights leaders will each explain what it means to them to have received this prestigious award in 2021 from the American Association of People with Disabilities. They will also share the current projects they are working on since receiving the award. Joining Joyce and our 2021 Paul Hearne Award Winners, at the beginning of this show, are Marcie Roth, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the World Institute on Disability (WID), and Tinamarie Duff, Global Lead for Bristol Myers Squibb’s Disability Advancement Workplace Network (DAWN) people and business resource group. Marcie and Tinamarie will be discussing joint efforts by the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA), WID, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, ONG Inclusiva, and Fight for Right to evacuate people with disabilities from Ukraine and what you can do to support these efforts.

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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.

Joyce speaks across the United States and internationally representing the State Department on informational exchanges related to disability employment best practices. She has represented the State Department in programming with Panama, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, and Tunisia.

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