PITTSBURGH, PA – Joyce A. Bender received the 2013 Geneva College Distinguished Service Award from college President, Kenneth A. Smith. She was presented with the award on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

The Distinguished Service Award  is presented each year to alumni of Geneva College for service above self, who embody the principles for which Geneva College stands, and whose efforts on behalf of the college, the community, and the nation have been exemplary. The award is also a means of honoring alumni for exemplifying Geneva’s standards, mission and commitment to servant-leadership.

Joyce is a 1975 graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA and holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology.  Joyce is recognized as a life-long champion for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Not only is she the immediate past chair the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), but also served as chair of the of the national Epilepsy Foundation from 2009 to 2011. Additionally, her work to create competitive employment for people with disabilities has earned her a national reputation for advancing workplace access and fairness for Americans with disabilities.  She is president and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a for-profit company that works with the public and private sectors to ensure people with disabilities are treated fairly and have every opportunity to achieve competitive employment.  In addition, she hosts a weekly radio show, Disability Matters with Joyce Bender on www.voice.voiceamerica.com, focusing on issues associated with employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.  For more information on Bender Consulting Services, Inc., visit www.benderconsult.com.  For more information on Geneva College and its Distinguished Service Award, visit http://www.geneva.edu/page/dsa.