Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:38pm
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.
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:41am
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, April 20, 2016 - 12:10pm
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, April 19, 2016 - 10:38am
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, April 18, 2016 - 12:59pm
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.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:32pm
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.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:00am
Secretary Clinton Puts the Spotlight on Subminimum Pay for Employees with Disabilities When I read the recent statement from Secretary Clinton on her desire to demand equal pay for all people, including people with disabilities, I was energized.  For years the disability community has tried to end the exploitation of subminimum pay and sheltered workshops.