Indonesia - Day Six
Monday, October 9, 2017 9:16am EDT
On day six, we met Karen, the Cultural Attache, and Caroline in the morning in the hotel lobby.  We then went to a coffee shop for a breakfast meeting with the media to discuss the program in Indonesia and my personal story.  At first, we were worried about the reporters not showing up since it is the rainy season, but
Medan, Sumatra - Indonesia - Day Five
Monday, October 9, 2017 8:40am EDT
Friday morning we went with Caroline to a brunch at a restaurant in a very upscale part of Medan. We met with government officials and business organizations to discuss disability employment. If I have not mentioned this before, the main language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia.
Medan, Sumatra - Indonesia - Day Four
Monday, October 9, 2017 8:29am EDT
It was time to leave the island of Java and the two cities we visited, Yogyakarta and Jakarta ,and fly to Medan, Sumatra. Sumatra is the fifth most populous island in the world. It is the sixth largest island in the world with rain forests, elephants, orangutans, tigers, and active volcanoes.
Jakarta, Indonesia - Day Three
Monday, October 9, 2017 8:25am EDT
I left Yogyakarta early in the morning and flew in to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Jakarta is the capitol of Indonesia and the U.S.
Yogyakarta, Java - Indonesia - Day Two
Friday, October 6, 2017 9:40am EDT
This was another exciting day in Indonesia. We met with Jed Dornburg and Pira Vindiartha from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, in the city of Yogyakarta, Java.  They are two more wonderful people!
Bali, Indonesia - Day One
Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:08pm EDT
I am so excited and honored to represent the United States in Indonesia as an expert on the employment of people with disabilities.
South Korea Trip 2017 - Day 5
Saturday, July 1, 2017 12:00am EDT
It is so appropriate that my last day in Seoul was all about Epilepsy! As you know, I was so impacted last year when I discovered the horrible stigma towards people living with epilepsy. Although we still have progress to make the U.S., the situation is far worse in South Korea! In South Korea, the term for epilepsy is Cerebro Electric Disorder.
South Korea Trip 2017 - Day 4
Friday, June 30, 2017 10:37pm EDT
I was so honored to speak at a hearing at the National Assembly on Friday morning. This is the South Korean equivalent of our U.S. Capitol.  It was such a special day for me and very personal.
South Korea Trip 2017 - Day 3
Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:53pm EDT
We met the fabulous intern from the Embassy, Haydee, and met Geonhyeong at TBS News for a morning radio show; the only English radio show in Seoul. This is a very impressive station in the media square.  It was a great interview talking about my reason for being in Seoul, about the high unemployment for people with disabilities in South Korea, and my epilepsy.
South Korea Trip 2017 - Day 2
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:12pm EDT
My second day in South Korea was jammed packed! It was also very hot and humid today, reaching 83 degrees. In South Korea, you see some people walking outside wearing masks due to the pollution from China.
South Korea Trip 2017 - Day 1
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:40pm EDT
Today was the first day of my US State Department sponsored trip to South Korea for the disability program on employment and epilepsy.  Last April, I was asked by the US State Department, at the request of the Embassy in South Korea, to discuss and engage with various groups about the employment of people with disabilities.   I was so thrilled to see Geonhyeong Cho; who works for the US Embassy.
Social Media and the Workplace
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 4:35pm EDT
Social media plays an important role in communicating, branding, and messaging in today’s workplace.   Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube are used every day.  Companies are actively adding and contributing to existing social media presences online.  Social media is a powerful tool companies use to reach audiences who may never be exposed to other marketing vehicles. 
Tips for Selecting Quality References.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:16am EDT
In addition to building a strong resume and conducting an engaging interview, a critical component to applying and being selected for a competitive position is providing quality references.  References substantiate information provided during an interview or as part of an application.  The objective is to provide external perspective on contributions made to an organization, so it is important to select references that can offer a positive and detailed representation of that effort. Below are tips to choose the best references and prepare them before employers reach out:
The Heart of Disability
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:05pm EST
February is American Heart Month. This month raises awareness and educates people on how to prevent a heart attack. Many people list cancer as the condition of which they are most afraid of being diagnosed with in their lifetime, but statistics show that, in reality, more people die each year from heart disease than die from cancer. In fact, 1 in 4 people die from heart disease every year.  Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women and the number one cause of death for women.  Approximately, 610,000 people die every year from heart attack. 
The New Presidential Administration and Questions from the Disability Community
Friday, February 3, 2017 12:44pm EST
Every four years, there is a Presidential election, and Bender Consulting Services, Inc., receives calls from people with disabilities asking for information on the impact of the new administration on the disability community.
President Obama's Executive Order a Success
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:51am EST
It was a beautiful day on the South Lawn of the White House, in July 2010, much like the day the ADA was signed, when I witnessed seeing President Barack Obama sign executive order 13548. This executive order charged the federal government with hiring 100,000 people with disabilities over the next five years. People with disabilities have faced barriers to employment for so long and even the Americans with Disabilities Act did not succeed in moving that needle.
Do I Count?
Thursday, June 16, 2016 5:15pm EDT
Do I Count? There are 54 million Americans living with known disabilities.  That number may be even higher considering those who do not disclose their disability.  In 2012, the US Census Bureau stated that one in five people are living with a disability.  Yet so many people do not disclose or leverage outreach efforts for candidates with disabilities when applying for jobs in the private and public sector.
Hiring Veterans with Disabilities – Separating Myths from Facts
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:49am EDT
Hiring Veterans with Disabilities – Separating Myths from Facts
Guest Blogger: Joshua 12th Grade New Brighton High School
Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:38pm EDT
Good morning everyone. My name is Joshua and I am a senior at New Brighton Area High School. I would like to thank Mr. Dearth the CEO of Calgon Carbon for his contributions, Mrs. Kohan for providing support and transportation, and Mrs. Bender for this tremendous opportunity. I was voted by my peers to be the keynote speaker for this graduation ceremony at the Bender Leadership Academy. I am truly honored to do this. So without further ado, here it is.
Thursday in Seoul
Friday, April 22, 2016 10:41am EDT
Today was the final day of my U. S. State Department International Information Program visit to meet organizations that focus on employing South Koreans with disabilities.  I have enjoyed every meeting, every presentation, every person I met, and my new friends from the embassy.  They make me proud to represent our country.
Wednesday - Korean Day of the Disabled in Seoul
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:10pm EDT
I think, for personal reasons, Wednesday will always be the most memorable day on this visit to Seoul, South Korea. Today was the Korean Day of the Disabled! I was so excited to be in South Korea for this celebration!
Tuesday in Deagu and Changwon
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 10:38am EDT
Tuesday was a great day, because I was with my people – people with disabilities from the Center for Independent Living (CIL).  Although they have additional progress to make, they are modeling their activities on the United States disability community and our Centers for Independent Living.  It is thrilling to see the birth of this movement in South
Monday in Seoul (and Daegu)
Monday, April 18, 2016 12:59pm EDT
What a great day!  Early in the morning, our wonderful contacts from the embassy met us to take us to a meeting with the President of Korea Nazarene University.  We were also joined by a translator and an intern from the embassy.
Paychecks Not Pity
Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:32pm EDT
Over 15 years ago, I coined the phrase, "Paychecks not Pity."  I did not realize at the time how widely this would become known and how often it would be repeated in the coming years. This phrase has become a mantra of the disability community and for a good reason—it is true.

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