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Upcoming Disability Matters Podcast Episode

Dr. Pat Crumrine, Epileptologist at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA

November 29, 2022 / 2pm – 3pm ET

Joyce is honored to welcome Dr. Pat Crumrine, Epileptologist at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA to the show. Dr. Crumrine will discuss the latest research and advancements in the care and treatment of children living with epilepsy happening at this renowned hospital.

Recent Disability Matters Podcast Episodes

Pat Crumrine: Advancements in Treating Children with Epilepsy

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce is honored to welcome Dr. Pat Crumrine, Epileptologist at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA to the show. Dr. Crumrine will discuss the latest research and advancements in the care and treatment of children living with epilepsy happening at this renowned hospital.



Patricia Dean: Mission of Epilepsy Alliance America

Tue, 22 Nov 2022 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Patricia Dean, Epilepsy Network Liaison for the Epilepsy Alliance America to the show. Epilepsy Alliance America is a growing national organization representing like-minded local, regional, statewide, and even other national agencies dedicated to serving the everyday needs of people who live with seizures and epilepsy. Ms. Dean will discuss their work in depth and share how the organization creates greater awareness of living with epilepsy.



Tony Coelho-Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation

Tue, 15 Nov 2022 08:00:00 GMT

As we continue to recognize November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month, Joyce welcomes back to the show, The Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Coelho will share his story of living with epilepsy and discuss the mission of The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation at the Loyola Law School to collaborate with the disability community to cultivate leadership and advocate innovative approaches to advance the lives of people with disabilities.



Homme/Hammerstrom/Radecic: Mission of the Rev Up Coalition PA

Tue, 08 Nov 2022 08:00:00 GMT

During Election Day 2022, Joyce welcomes Gerald Homme, Scott Hammerstrom, and Peri Jude Radecic to the show. Discussed on the show will be the Rev Up Coalition of PA, which is part of a national campaign to include the 60 million Americans with disabilities in the election process. Its mission is to foster civic engagement and protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities. REV UP stands for “Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!”



Beem-Jelley/Fulkerson: Services of EAWCP and 2023 Mardi Gras Gala

Tue, 01 Nov 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Peggy Beem-Jelley, President and CEO and Colleen Fulkerson, Special Events Coordinator of the Epilepsy Association of Western/Central, PA (EAWCP) to the show. The guests will discuss the programs and services of the EAWCP and plans for the 2023 Mardi Gras annual gala and fundraiser for the non-profit organization.



Marlene Sallo/J.J. Rico: Mission of NDRN

Tue, 25 Oct 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Marlene Sallo, newly appointed Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and it’s President of the Board of Directors, J.J Rico to the show. The NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Sallo will explain her history in disability advocacy and explain where she plans on taking the national organization under her leadership. Mr. Rico will share his insight into the mission of the organization and share his own story that led him to support NDRN’s cause and what it means to the Board of Directors to have Ms. Sallo as Executive Director of this vital organization.



National Disability Rights Leader, Jonathan Young

Tue, 18 Oct 2022 07:00:00 GMT

As we get ready to celebrate the 23rd year of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), Joyce welcomes back National Disability Rights Leader and the originator of Disability Mentoring Day, Jonathan Young to the show. Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and jobseekers with disabilities through career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. While DMD has been and continues to be officially launched the third Wednesday of each October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the foundation of the program has expanded from a one-day event to a year-round initiative across the country. Jonathan served at the White House during the Clinton administration as the Disability Liaison to the President. Currently, Jonathan is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Akero Therapeutics in South San Francisco. Akero Therapeutics is a clinical-stage cardio-metabolic company developing transformational treatments for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease without any approved therapies. Mr. Young will discuss the groundbreaking research that is being done at the company to treat this disease and share his advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities prior to joining the company and his commitment to the same in his current role.



Lachi: Recording Artist, and Disability Rights Advocate

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes recording artist and disability rights advocate, Lachi to the show. Lachi will share her story about growing up as a person who is blind. She will share what inspired her to enter the music entertainment industry and what gave her the confidence to do so. Additionally, Lachi will share her work with the Grammy’s and offer advice to people with disabilities on how to overcome being ashamed of a disability and instead embrace it and pursue their dreams.



John Walsh: Committed to Hiring People with Disabilities

Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:00:00 GMT

As October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Joyce is kicking off the month by welcoming a very successful business leader and real advocate for employing people with disabilities, John Walsh, to the show. He has hired people with disabilities from Bender Consulting Services, Inc. for years. During the show, he will explain why he feels that it is important to hire people with disabilities and to have that commitment from the top down in an organization. Additionally, he will discuss his work on the Board of Directors for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Bender Leadership Academy.



Bender Consulting’s Disability Inclusion Assessment Product

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Christine Griffin, Principal Consultant and Sr. Search Consultant, and Sherry Lapaglia, Director of Talent Programs and Product Innovation, for Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. The guests will highlight Bender’s disability inclusion assessment and strategic planning services available to corporations seeking to be inclusive of people with disabilities. Bender’s disability inclusion assessments and strategic planning explore processes and policies to identify barriers and areas of compliance concern, while building a brand of inclusion.



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