Disability Matters with guests Mark Perriello and TaKeisha Walker

October 1, 2013
Hosted by Joyce Bender

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Episode Description

Joyce welcomes Mark Perriello, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and TaKeisha Walker, AAPD’s director of workplace & leadership initiatives. Discussed on the show will be the organization’s plans for the 2013 Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), Wednesday, October 16, 2013. DMD which is held the third Wednesday in October annually, began as an event at the White House for a few dozen students in 1999. In 2010, AAPD worked with over 200 volunteers and 19 DMD national sponsors to support 13,000 students and job-seekers with disabilities, participating in DMD events at sites across the country. Since then, the event has grown even larger. AAPD is the nation's largest cross-disability membership organization; AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

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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