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.
Secretary Clinton Puts the Spotlight on Subminimum Pay for Employees with Disabilities
Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:00am EDT
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.
2016 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:29am EDT
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) held its annual Leadership Awards Gala in Washington, DC.  The gala is widely considered to be a premier event for the national disability community.  AAPD is the largest cross-disability membership organization in the United States.  AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. 
Bender Virtual Career Fair: Preparing for Success
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:57am EST
Bender Consulting will host its bi-annual Virtual Career Fair on March 15, 2016 in partnership with CareerEco. Virtual career fairs connect job seekers with disabilities simultaneously with multiple employers, all from the convenience of their dorm room, mobile office, or favorite coffee shop. Among the approximately 50 employers from the public and private sector who will participate, companies will be seeking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship positions at all educational levels. Career opportunities tap into a broad range of skill sets and are available nationwide. The Bender Virtual Career Fair is free to job seekers with disabilities. If you have not registered or you wish to learn more, you may do so here.
Navigating the Job Market with a Disability: Maximizing Your Results
Friday, February 26, 2016 9:39am EST
Whether beginning your first job search or re-entering the work force with new skills and direction, you are navigating the exciting, and often challenging, employment marketplace.  Finding a career that matches your skills and interests can be an intimidating task.  Pursuing this goal can become more complex when disability is added to the equation.  This does not have to be the case if you know what tools are available and how to leverage them to your advantage.
What Will You See? – Guest Blogger: Kelly R. (6th Grade)
Sunday, May 11, 2014 7:48pm EDT
Can you remember a time when you saw somebody who was missing a limb? Think back to that moment for me. Did you feel sorry for them? Or did you feel like, ¨Look at that person; They are missing a leg." Did you point and stare? Or were you one of the people who thought that they were actually really “cool?”  I'll be honest with you, most people react with pity or staring. Very few think that the amputee is “cool” from the start. I am a person who didn’t start out thinking prosthetics were cool.
The Game-Changer
Friday, January 3, 2014 12:24pm EST
Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act, affirmative action for people with disabilities is here and will be implemented in March of 2014. These new regulations include a 7% hiring goal in all job groups, new processes for self-identification and recordkeeping, but most importantly represent a great opportunity for Americans with disabilities, and for federal contractors and subcontractors. Federal contractors know that their greatest assets are their employees. Without a productive and engaged staff, profits and stock prices will plummet.
We Still Have a Dream…Competitive Employment for People with Disabilities
Saturday, August 24, 2013 8:01pm EDT
Next week, on Wednesday August 28th, those of us in the U.S. will mark an important and historic milestone. That day, America will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the largest public demonstration in American history, initially known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom". That day, August 28, 1963, 500,000 people gathered on the Washington National Mall to listen to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. electrify the audience with his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Never Settle…My Tony Coelho Story
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:34am EDT
I first met Tony Coelho at a Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation meeting, in Washington, DC, where he was the keynote speaker.  The topic was "his story" and the national plight of the tragic level of unemployment of people with disabilities.  That speech was in 1998.  Since then, two things have not changed – people with disabilities still have an extremely high rate of unemployment and Tony Coelho has never stopped telling his powerful story.  I guess no one told Tony that a former congressman can retire and just settle.  Settle is not a word in Tony Coelho’s vocabulary.
Believe it or Not, Using the Telephone Amplifies Your Success
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:59am EDT
I have worked in the executive search/employment industry for a very, very long, time.  I started my career during the time when there was this thing known as the pink message slip.  I can still remember coming back hurriedly to the office, from lunch or a meeting, to see which clients had called.  I always had a tendency to go through the slips to find the “hot prospects.”
Monday, March 18, 2013 1:31pm EDT
Courage is defined as "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulties or danger without fear." This is a necessary part of the inner being for all of us living with disabilities.  I know that courage is a trait everyone aspires to reach, but for us, it is the only way to achieve success.  Living with a disability in life means we are frequently fighting battles in our lives – we need to become armed with courage. 
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Now!
Sunday, February 17, 2013 8:28pm EST
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international commitment of the United Nations to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.  Countries signed on will work to protect and provide equality, inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities on a global basis. It was an honor for me to be at The White House when President Obama signed this treaty on July 24, 2009.  Who knew it would be 2013 and it is still not ratified?
For Veterans with Hidden Disabilities – Employment is the New Conflict
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:23am EST
People often make requests to our team at Bender Consulting Services to refer veterans with disabilities, who have injuries from the recent wars, for career opportunities.  I hear so many employers say, “I would love to hire a veteran with a disability; they will get top priority when I hire new associates.”
“Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month…Please Vote!!!”
Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:22pm EDT
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! 
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.