Disability Matters with Joyce Bender focuses on the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. Episodes feature prominent disability leaders such as Congressman Tony Coelho, Governor Dick Thornburgh, Andy Imparato and senior executives from the private sector.

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Upcoming Disability Matters Podcast Episode

Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew: AHN Committed to Disability Inclusion

February 15, 2022 / 2pm – 3pm ET  (PRE-RECORDED)

Joyce welcomes Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Allegheny Health Network back to the show. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is known and respected nationally for her work to promote diversity in the workforce. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew will share more about how the organization champions the hiring of people with disabilities as part of their diversity hiring practice.

Recent Disability Matters Podcast Episodes

Encore: Disability Rights Activist, and Author, Emily Ladau

Tue, 31 May 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Activist, Communications Consultant, and Author to the show. Ms. Ladau will be discussing her advocacy work and her latest book, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally.



Sarah Helm: Discover’s Commitment to People with Disabilities

Tue, 24 May 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Sarah Helm, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Discover Financial Services to the show. Ms. Helm will be sharing Discover’s commitment to a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.



Paula Ballog, Jim Homme, Gerald Homme: Bender HighTest Team

Tue, 17 May 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Bender’s HighTest Team to the show. Paula “PJ” Ballog, Jim Homme, and Gerald Homme will explain the mission of the team and their expertise in providing digital accessibility solutions. Guests will discuss the increasing importance of digital accessibility from compliance with regulations such as Section 508 and World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to impact from a consumer perspective. The team will also add perspective about digital accessibility as an emerging talent need within the information technology field and what this means for candidates with disabilities seeking careers in this field.



Kenya Loudd: Strength of Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act

Tue, 10 May 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Kenya Loudd, a joint doctoral student at Yale University in the departments of History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies, to the show. During the show, she will discuss her research, which is centered around the nexus of race, disability, education, and institutionalization where she explores, on a large scale, the historical Black experience with disability. As we prepare to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the passage of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Kenya will also explain her involvement in the 1977 protest to pass the legislation and share her perspective of the strength of Section 504 today.



Jill Houghton: 2022 Disability:IN Conference

Tue, 03 May 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Jill Houghton, President, and CEO of Disability:IN to the show. Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. It’s network of over 400 corporations expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Also, it’s central office and 25 affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business. Among the topics Ms. Houghton will discuss, are the plans for the 2022 Disability:IN Conference, July 18-21, 2022, in Dallas, TX.



Peri Jude Radecic: Disability Rights Issues of Pennsylvania

Tue, 26 Apr 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Peri Jude Radecic, CEO of Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Disability Rights Pennsylvania is an independent, nonprofit corporation authorized by the U.S. Congress and designated by the Governor of Pennsylvania as the Protection and Advocacy System in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Their mission is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Ms. Radecic will discuss Disability Rights PA and civil rights for people with disabilities in the state of PA.



DOBE Team: Philip DeVliegher, Cami Turcotte, and Kathleen Castore

Tue, 19 Apr 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Philip DeVliegher, Cami Turcotte, and Kathleen Castore to the show. They are members of the Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Team at Disability:IN, the leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Disability:IN represents a network of over 400 corporations and expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Their central office and 25 affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business. The guests will share the mission of Disability:IN, the process for a business to become DOBE certified, and the advantages of having that certification associated with a business’ name. Also discussed, will be the value to businesses to attend the Disability:IN Conference scheduled for July 18-July 21, 2022, in Dallas Texas.



Helena Berger/Mary E. Dolan: 25th Anniversary of the FDR Memorial

Tue, 12 Apr 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Helena Berger, Chair of the FDR Legacy Committee’s Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Mary E. Dolan to the show. The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee serves to preserve the memory of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s catalytic involvement in issues of equality and freedom – especially for people with disabilities. The guests will be sharing plans for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the FDR Memorial this May in Washington, DC.



Andy Imparato: Mission of Disability Rights California (DRC)

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce is honored to have as her guest, Andy Imparato, Executive Director, of Disability Rights California (DRC). DRC is the federally funded legal services agency that serves Californians with all disabilities across the age spectrum. Among the topics Mr. Imparato will discuss during the show, are the services offered by this agency, and how he has improved the outreach of those services since becoming Executive Director in February 2020.



Steve Irwin: Employment of People with Disabilities in PA

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce is honored to have as her guest, Steve Irwin, lifelong public servant, and current democratic candidate for US Congress for PA. He will discuss his commitment to people with disabilities and employment at the state level.



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