PITTSBURGH, PA (June 27, 2005)- Joyce A. Bender has been recently appointed, along with 5 other prominent members of the business community, to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Her 3-year term will commence on July 1, 2005 along with the other board members. The AAPD, the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, promotes the economic and political empowerment of all 56 million children and adults with disabilities in the U.S. It was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"Joyce Bender will help AAPD transform competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities," says AAPD's President and CEO Andrew J. Imparato. "Through her expertise, example and personal leadership, AAPD is delighted to have Joyce on our board of directors and excited to join her in spreading a message of empowerment on her radio show, Disability Matters."

"It is an honor to be asked to serve on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities. This is for me, the opportunity to work with the very best leaders in this country working to provide quality of life for all Americans with disabilities. With Andy Imparato as the CEO, I believe I will be part of an organization that really moves the issues most important to all of us with disabilities forward."

Joyce is the CEO and President of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Bender Consulting is a consulting firm providing competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the fields of information technology, finance/accounting, general business, human resources, and engineering in both the United States and Canada. In 2003, Joyce was the recipient of the Bush Administration's New Freedom Initiative Award and the 1999 President's Award received from President Clinton at the White House, for her unparalleled efforts to further the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. In 1985, Joyce survived a life-threatening accident caused by the misdiagnosis of epilepsy. Due to this personal experience, Joyce founded Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995 and its "sister company" Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc. in 2001. Additionally, Joyce hosts an international Internet-based radio show, Disability Matters with Joyce Bender every Tuesday from 2 PM to 3 PM, eastern time, on www.voiceamerica.com.

The other newly elected Board members are Ralph F. Boyd Jr., Executive Vice-President, Community Relations of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), and Chairman of the Freddie Mac Foundation; Alison A. Hillman, an attorney with an international human rights background, who is Director of Mental Disability Rights International's (MDRI) Americas Advocacy Initiative; Ambassador Bradley P. Holmes, who has over 20 years of domestic and foreign experience in regulation, policy and legal matters affecting the global communications industry; Gregg Howard, Vice President and a board member with Independence Technology, a Johnson & Johnson company whose mission is to develop products and services for people with disabilities; and Frances W. West, Director of the Worldwide Accessibility Center for IBM, responsible for establishing IBM leadership in accessibility by promoting IBM technology, thought-leadership, products and solutions on a worldwide basis.

For more information about Joyce Bender and Bender Consulting Services, Inc., and to see archived shows from Disability Matters with Joyce Bender visit, http://www.benderconsult.com. For more information on Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc., visit, http://www.benderofcanada.com. For more information on the American Association of People with Disabilities' programs and services, visit, http://www.aapd.com.