Phil Brooks

January 24, 2012
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

In keeping with a commitment to bring awareness of bullying of young people, especially those with disabilities, Joyce welcomes author and retired Hall of Fame head football coach, Phil Brooks to the show. He will discuss his current book, Maroon Knights. Its storyline depicts how two friends encounter physical, and emotional intimidation directed at them by a group of rowdy boys. When the main character Charlie Spagnuolo, attempts to save his friend, Benny, from a close encounter with the school bully, both boys end up in the principal’s office. Determined to stay out of trouble, they shake on a truce—a game of backyard football; if Charlie’s team wins, the physical taunting and boastful older boys agree to stop bullying them. However, it looks as though Charlie and his outmanned and undersized team need a miracle to win.

Disability Matters

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.

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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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