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

John Kemp, co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities and President and CEO of the Lakeshore Foundation

April 4, 2023 / 2pm – 3pm ET

Joyce is honored to welcome John Kemp, the American disability rights leader who co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama to the show. He will discuss his work as a disability rights leader and his book, “Disability Friendly: How to Move from Clueless to Inclusive,” which was published in October 2022.

Recent Disability Matters Podcast Episodes

Andrea Carelli: PNC Bank Hires People with Disabilities

Tue, 28 Mar 2023 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Andrea Carelli, Senior Vice President and Director of Client and Community Relations for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. Andrea will discuss PNC’s commitment to hire people with disabilities as a part of their diverse workforce.

Karen Hanlon: Highmark’s Hiring of People with Disabilities

Tue, 21 Mar 2023 07:00:00 GMT

Continuing with Women’s History Month, Joyce is proud to bring back Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Highmark Health, Karen Hanlon, to the show. She will explain her commitment to hiring people with disabilities as a diverse part of the workforce.

Isaac Zablocki: Making Films/Productions More Accessible

Tue, 14 Mar 2023 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Isaac Zablocki, ReelAbilities Film Festival Co-Founder and New York Director. Mr. Zablocki will talk about this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival and the festival’s mission to bring the community together to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of shared human experience through film. He will speak to the importance of diversity in films and how the ReelAbilities Film Festival strives to make films and productions more accessible to the disabled and non-disabled communities.

Tue, 07 Mar 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce and callers reflect on the life and disability rights work of the late Judy Heumann.

Samuel Estes: Mission of Athletes vs. Epilepsy

Tue, 28 Feb 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Samuel Estes, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at the Hundley Foundation and Board Director at the Bender Leadership Academy. Samuel will discuss advocacy for disenfranchised youth and children living with disabilities. We are so proud to have Sam Estes on the show, as we celebrate Black History Month.

Tue, 21 Feb 2023 08:00:00 GMT

In recognition of February as Black History Month, Joyce welcomes Evan Frazier, President, and CEO of The Advanced Leadership Institute back to the show. The Advanced Leadership Institute is an organization aimed at cultivating Black executive leadership to strengthen companies, institutions, and communities. Mr. Frazier will share the ways this organization works to build African American Leaders in the region.

Tue, 14 Feb 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Ardana Jefferson, Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) to the show. The HCEF 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was established in 1999 to support the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Over the years, HCEF's role in the community has developed and expanded to meet these needs. HCEF relies on support from community foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no governmental funding. Ms. Jefferson will share more about the mission of the nonprofit organization and its accomplishments under her leadership.

Doris Carson Williams: Mission Of AACCWP

Tue, 07 Feb 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Doris Carson Williams, President & CEO from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA, (AACCWP) to the show. In celebration of Black History Month, Doris will discuss the mission of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and its role in helping advance the lives of African Americans.

Roberts/Braga: Mission of Egalite in South Brazil

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce is honored to bring back to the show, Richard Roberts, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer and the American Presence Officer for Northern Brazil at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. Mr. Roberts will introduce Guilherme Braga, CEO and Founder (Employment of People with Disabilities) of Egalite. Egalite started as a small project inside a University in Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil. They provide recruitment and consulting services for companies that want to hire people with disabilities. Mr. Braga will explain their mission in detail and share his company’s experience with hiring people with disabilities.

Ted Kennedy Jr.: Power of DEI to Open Disability Employment Doors

Tue, 24 Jan 2023 08:00:00 GMT

Joyce is honored to bring back to the show, disability rights leader, Ted Kennedy, Jr. As an amputee and childhood bone cancer survivor, he has been an active leader in the disability rights and independent living movements nearly his entire life. Mr. Kennedy is Co-Chair of the Disability Equality Index (DEI), the leading corporate social responsibility, accountability, and ESG benchmarking tool that scores and tracks businesses on their disability inclusion policies and practices. During the show, he will discuss the power of the DEI, how investors have responded to studies about disability inclusion, and how the DEI continues to open the doors to employment for individuals with disabilities.

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