AAPD Presented 2008 Henry B. Betts Award to International Human Rights Disability Advocate Eric Rosenthal

Award Presentation was made at Annual AAPD Leadership Gala March 5, 2008, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Waiting is not an Option

By Joyce Bender
Bender Consulting Services, Inc

A wonderful book is "Why We Can't Wait" by Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a classic in many ways, as it explores the civil rights movement that he was the father of. If you have never read this book, I would suggest you read it. It is always important to know your history and to understand what formed issues we deal with in America today.

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Remembering Harriet McBryde Johnson

By Joyce Bender
Bender Consulting Services, Inc

On June 4, 2008, we lost a great American civil rights leader, Harriet McBryde Johnson, at the age of 50. Harriet was a well known disability and civil rights attorney who fought for the right for life over death, for Americans with disabilities.

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Minorities Left Out Again

Joyce Bender
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

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Gratitude

Joyce Bender
CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

I believe one of the most important traits you should consistently incorporate into your life in 2008 is gratitude. As an example, a great company in America, WellPoint, lists gratitude as the top level of their "mood elevator". When a business person has a spirit of gratitude, WellPoint believes he/she will be in a position to make the best business decisions for the enterprise. It is amazing that the top level trait is not initiative, perseverance, or another important trait - it is gratitude.

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The Stigma with Hidden Disabilities

By Joyce Bender
President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services.

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2007 Tony Coelho Award Presented to Mark Boxer of WellPoint, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, PA - The 2007 Tony Coelho Award was presented to Mark Boxer, President and CEO of WellPoint's Operations, Technology and Government Services Business Unit. The award ceremony was held Monday, October 1, 2007 during a breakfast at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel.

Bullying

Joyce Bender
President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services.

In the United States today one group that is frequently targeted for bullying is students with disabilities. As we all know, anyone who is different is often the target, but the question is what are we doing about it?

Often young adults with disabilities have low self-esteem; a primary reason for that is bullying. There is no limit to what bullying in elementary school and middle school can do to a young child. No one wants to be treated that way by anyone.

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The ADA Restoration Act and Restoring Freedom

Joyce Bender
President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services.

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed at the White House in front of thousands of people with disabilities, advocates, and friends. It was a beautiful morning when President George H. W. Bush signed into law the bill that would provide Americans with disabilities the same rights as the non-disabled. We all remember those words of President George H. W. Bush when he said, "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down."

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2007 Henry B. Betts Award to be Awarded To Esteemed Disability Rights Organizer Mark Johnson

Award Presentation to be Made at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 7, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, December 13, 2006 — The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is delighted to announce that the 2007 Henry B. Betts Award will be presented to Mark Johnson, a nationally-recognized activist, community organizer, and Director of Advocacy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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