Pérez, Mida, Jordan: Kick-off of #NotAshamed Campaign

June 14, 2022
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

In recognition of Pride Month, Joyce welcomes to the show, Katherine Pèrez, Jason Mida, and Asher Jordan. All members of the Bender Leadership Academy’s #NotAshamed Campaign, which kicks off this month. The #NotAshamed Campaign is part of the Mary Brougher Mental Health Initiative. #NotAshamed celebrates the lived experiences of those living with mental health disabilities and intersectionality of mental health across all diverse groups, while working to address and end stigma. As many know, Bender Consulting lost its President, Mary Brougher, to a tragic hiking accident in August of last year. This campaign was a passion of hers and carries on the work she began as a founding Board member at the Bender Leadership Academy. Joyce’s guests will discuss what it means to them to be involved in this cause.

Disability Matters

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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.

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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