Success Stories

My Application Was Not Treated as Another Name Without a Face

Perseverance – so many times I have talked to employers about the inherent strengths of candidates with disabilities and this is something I always talk about. Every employer looks for

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Thank You, Bender, for Everything that You Have Done for Me

Throughout the month of October, I like to remember what this is all about – freedom through competitive employment. Although October is known as Disability Employment Awareness Month, I like

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Former Senator Tom Harkin

Nothing Without Us

This week marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It has been 32 years since the ADA was signed into law. Yesterday, I had the opportunity

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You Can Alt Text Too

While techies understand alt text as the HTML attribute used in HTML and XHTML to provide a vehicle to render an element that cannot be rendered, alt text is becoming

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Workers bullying a colleague at office

Mental Health Disability Disclosure at Work: A Candid Discussion of Why We Don’t Disclose Part 4

As we continue our discussion of why employees are reluctant to disclose their mental health disability in the workplace, I would be remiss if I did not touch on one

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Joyce Bender posing at the FDR Memorial


Last week, I traveled to DC to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the FDR Memorial. Most people don’t realize how big of a deal it is that the memorial now

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Book Covers

Great Disability Community Reads

Disability civil rights is rarely taught in schools, even colleges. This week, we are sharing some suggested reading for celebrating the lives and talents from this community. Happy reading! No

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Mental Health Disability Disclosure at Work: A Candid Discussion of Why We Don’t Disclose Part 3

As we continue the discussion of why employees living with mental health disabilities aren’t comfortable disclosing their disability, I want to focus on understanding that mental health really is a

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Support for Ukrainians with Disabilities

As a proud board member of the World Institute on Disability (WID), I strongly urge you to support the efforts of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA) in

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5 Impactful Actions that Honor Autism Awareness Month

The Autistic Community defines Autism from a perspective of neurodiversity. Like the Deaf Community believes that Deafness is not something that needs cured, the Autistic Community believes that Autism is

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