Bender Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities

Bender Virtual Career Fair - November 14, 2018

Joyce welcomes The Honorable Tony Coelho

Joyce welcomes The Honorable Tony Coelho, former democratic congressman from California and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the show.  As we get ready to celebrate the 28rd anniversary of the signing of the ADA into law, on July 26, 1990, Mr. Coelho will discuss the progress we have made since the ADA was passed, but he will also discuss the dangers facing the ADA if HR 620 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, passes the U.S. Senate, and what we can do to prevent its passage.

Joyce welcomes Dara Baldwin

Joyce welcomes Dara Baldwin, senior public policy analyst for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Joyce welcomes Andy Imparato

Joyce welcomes Andy Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). AUCD is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. These programs serve every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change. Mr. Imparato will share the latest information on his current work with the AUCD.

Joyce welcomes Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Joyce welcomes Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft, leading efforts to drive great products, services, and websites that empower people and organizations to achieve more.  Ms. Lay-Flurrie will discuss how her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals—from how we hire and support people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize what is possible for people with disabilities.

Joyce welcomes Debra Ruh

Joyce welcomes Debra Ruh, Founder and CEO of Ruh Global Communications. Ruh Global is a strategic communications and digital marketing firm helping corporations include people with disabilities.  The firm encourages organizations to connect and integrate the community of people with disabilities and other stakeholders.   Ms. Rue will explain how her daughter, Sara, living with Down Syndrome, inspired her to start the firm.

Joyce welcomes Johna Gravitt and Jim Homme to the show.

Johna has served as an Accessibility Consultant at Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

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