PITTSBURGH, PA--Joyce Bender will host her own Internet-based talk radio show called "Disability Matters with Joyce Bender" on VoiceAmerica. Beginning on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 and continuing each subsequent Tuesday through December 30, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time, Joyce will discuss issues affecting people with disabilities. Founded in September 2000, VoiceAmerica provides its audience with free speech using streaming technology developed by its parent company SurfNet Media Group. Bender Consulting Services, Inc. is funding the captioning for the Internet radio broadcasts.

Joyce A. Bender is President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ) and its "sister company" Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc. (Bender Consulting C). Bender Consulting provides competitive employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities in the areas of technology, finance, human resources and general business. Joyce has epilepsy and a hearing loss. In 1985, she had a life-threatening accident due to epilepsy, which caused a cerebral hemorrhage that required subsequent brain surgery. Against all odds, Joyce recovered from this accident that left her with a 60 percent hearing loss in one ear and a realization that she had epilepsy. As a result of her personal experience, she developed a passion for helping people with disabilities. Out of that passion, she founded Bender Consulting , in September 1995. Since then, Ms. Bender received national recognition in June 1999, by winning the President's Award from President Clinton at the White House. The award is the highest honor given to an American who furthers the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. Bender Consulting does business nationally within the United States, while Bender Consulting C works in both Ontario and Quebec.

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. For more information about VoiceAmerica and how to listen to its programs visit VoiceAmerica.