PITTSBURGH, PA-Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ) has been selected to receive the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ's 2003 Employer of the Year Award. The recognition is for the tremendous public service accomplished by the company, in the last year, to provide competitive employment opportunities for citizens of NJ with epilepsy. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, September 12, 2003 at the Garden State Exhibit and Convention Center in Somerset, NJ. The ceremony will begin at 5 PM. A social hour and town meeting with the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services will follow at 7 PM.

Joyce, who has epilepsy herself, was recently appointed chairperson for the National Epilepsy Foundation's Legal and Government Affairs Committee through May 2004. She is also a national board member of the Epilepsy Foundation, and a regional board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western and Central PA. Additionally, Joyce is the Epilepsy Foundation's Chairman of the JobTech project. This project is designed to create career opportunities for people with epilepsy, in the customer service and technology fields.

Joyce's work to empower people with disabilities through employment has led to several prestigious awards including the 1999 President's Award, presented to her by President Clinton at the White House. This is the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States to an American who furthers the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. Also, in September 2002, Joyce received the prestigious 2002 Employer of the Year Award from the National Epilepsy Foundation. The award is given to employers who reflect outstanding contributions and commitment to the epilepsy movement and a better quality of life for people with epilepsy.

Established in 1995, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. is a technology consulting company that focuses on creating career opportunities for people with disabilities in the information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources and general business areas. Incorporated in 2001, Bender Consulting Services of Canada provides the same services to Canadian companies and hires Canadians who have disabilities.

For more information on Joyce A. Bender and her companies, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc., visit Bender Consulting or Bender Consulting C.