Charlie LaVallee: Mission of Variety the Children’s Charity

December 13, 2022
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

Joyce welcomes Charlie LaVallee, CEO of Variety the Children’s Charity, back to the show. With a mission to empower children with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Variety the Children’s Charity provides life-changing mobility and communication equipment to ensure its most vulnerable kids are no longer left out, behind, or excluded. Mr. LaVallee will share the programs and services of this non-profit organization for children with disabilities and their families and explain the importance of supporting this cause at the holidays and year-round.

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 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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December 2022

  • 12/27/2022: Year-end Reflections on Disability Advocacy Listen Now
  • 12/20/2022: Pastors Stevens, D’Angelo, Paskey: North Way Christian Community Listen Now
  • 12/13/2022: Charlie LaVallee: Mission of Variety the Children’s Charity Listen Now
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