Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:05pm EDT
When I founded Bender Consulting Services in 1995, I really did not realize the degree to which many people with disabilities lived dependently.  I was surprised to find out how few young people with disabilities ever stayed overnight anywhere besides their homes.
Yoshiko Dart
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:14pm EDT
There was only one thing wrong with my relationship with Justin Dart; it was too short.  Justin and his wife Yoshiko were at the White House in 1999 when I received the President's Award from President Clinton.  This award was presented to me for my work in the area of furthering employment for Americans with disabilities.  I briefly met Justin and Yoshiko that great day.  If I had known them better and celebrated with them, it would have made that day even more memorable.
Monday, March 19, 2012 2:23pm EDT
"We believe the greatest way to build character is by helping others; this is not preferred but expected."  Volunteerism is one of the Values the Bender leadership team decided on in 1996.  I founded the company in 1995 and assembled a leadership team of eight to create the mission, vision, and values statements.
The Stigma of Epilepsy
Monday, March 5, 2012 1:53pm EST
Epilepsy is one of the most misunderstood disabilities.  There is a stigma that still exists today due to lack of understanding and ignorance.  There over 3 million people, known to be living with epilepsy in America.  I say known, because many people will not disclose, due to the stigma that is attached to living with epilepsy. 
Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:58pm EST
When I speak to a company about hiring people with disabilities, they frequently tell me they have never hired people with disabilities before.  I tell them, “Oh yes you have. You have many employees working here right now with hidden disabilities—they just aren’t telling you.”
Paradigm Shift
Monday, February 27, 2012 9:09pm EST
A Paradigm Shift is defined as a change in the way of thinking, a metamorphism, a transformation, a revolution in thought.   At different times in America, a paradigm shift has occurred, such as women entering the workforce and African Americans moving from an environment of segregation to holding the highest office in the land…the President of the United States.
How to I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:15pm EST
The interview can be intimidating to many, but it does not need to be.  Once you have prepared for the interview, using the 9 tips in last week’s blog,, you are set to go!  Review the list below to help you ace the I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.!
9 Steps to a Successful Interview
Friday, February 3, 2012 2:23pm EST
Today, my focus area is on competitive employment of people with disabilities in the U.S. and in Canada. I actually began my career in 1979 in the executive search industry and quickly learned that most people overlook some of the key aspects of gaining employment. One of the basic and most important aspects of getting a job is being prepared for the interview. Here are nine tips to being prepared to get the job!
Welcome to the Bender Blog
Friday, January 27, 2012 11:40am EST
Welcome to the Bender Blog. This blog post shares details about the focus and content of the Bender Blog.