Japan - Day 7

Nanzan University SignThe first thing I found out when I met Fujiwara from the US Consulate was that yesterday’s presentation was picked up by Chunichi Shimbun. This is the most influential media outlet in Nagoya, and they published an article about our presentation.


Joyce welcomes Kurt Kondrich, father of a beautiful daughter, Chloe, who was born with Down syndrome.  Kurt became aware of the 90+ percent abortion rate for children diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth.  He embarked on a mission to be a loud voice for children like Chloe and make sure people see abilities and what a precious gift these individuals are. He will discuss how he speaks frequently to policymakers, community groups, students, and church leaders about the silent prenatal eugenic movement against children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome.

Joyce welcomes Jeffrey Hawting

Joyce welcomes Jeffrey Hawting, president of LC Industries to the show.  Mr. Hawting will discuss the mission of LC Industries to provide meaningful employment for people who are blind.

Joyce welcomes Barbara Merrill

Joyce welcomes Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR, which is the American Network of Community Options and Resources headquartered in Alexandria, VA.  Ms.

Joyce welcomes Stacia Kalinoski to the show.

Joyce welcomes Emmy award-winning video journalist, Stacia Kalinoski, to the show.  Stacia, whose career has taken her to local news stations in Nebraska, Oregon, and Michigan, will discuss how being diagnosed with epilepsy after a seizure in 2014 led her to produce Brainstorm, a documentary about her journey with epilepsy.

Joyce welcomes Apoorva Ghandi to the show.

Joyce welcomes vice president of Multi-Cultural Markets and Alliances for Marriott International, Apoorva Ghandi to the show.  Mr Ghandi will discuss his role with the organization and why he is so committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by hiring them.  He will also touch on why he believes the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is high. In addition, he will discuss the work of Marriott International with the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN).

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 Kevin Lynch

CEO and president of the Quell Foundation. Mr. Lynch will discuss, the mission of the organization. The Quell Foundation strives to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and incarcerations of people with mental health disabilities. The organization works to accomplish its goals by encouraging people to share their stories, increasing access to mental health services, providing a pipeline of future mental health care professionals with scholarships, and training first responders to recognize mental health crisis warning signs among their own ranks.

Joyce welcomes Joni D’ Alessandro to her show.

Joyce welcomes Joni D’ Alessandro, founder of Christopher’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to feeding the caregivers of children admitted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Christopher’s Kitchen is committed to helping families and caregivers take care of themselves, so they can better comfort those around them.

Joyce welcomes John Stollsteimer

John Stollsteimer, Deputy State Treasurer of Pennsylvania since January 2017 is the featured guest with Joyce Bender on Disability Matters. He will be discussing the PA ABLE Community Event on Thursday September 28, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 8 PM at the Circuit Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh, PA. This free community event is designed to gain valuable information on the PA Treasury Department’s PA ABLE program, a savings program for people with disabilities.


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