Competitive Employment: The Last Frontier Our Journey of Removing Barriers and Overcoming Stigma

Thornburgh Family Lecture Series

Disability Law and Public Policy

Joyce A. Bender, CEO and President, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

November 6, 2013


It is an honor for me to be asked to be one of the distinguished Thornburgh Family Lecture Series speakers.  Words cannot adequately express how important this opportunity is to me. 


Joyce Testifies before EEOC Commission

WASHINGTON, DC (February 16, 2011)- Written Testimony of Joyce Bender CEO, Bender Consulting Services.


Remarks by President Barack Obama on Signing of U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Proclamation

Office of the Press Secretary __________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release
July 24, 2009 East Room

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, everybody be seated. Thank you. First of all, how about my Secretary of State? (Applause.) Give it up for Senator Hillary Clinton. She is doing an unbelievable job. She's traveling all around the world delivering a message that America is back and ready to lead. And everywhere she goes she is representing us with grace and strength and we are very fortunate to have her.


Testimony of Joyce Bender at EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Transcript from CNN Imparato interview

CROWLEY: Among those keeping a close eye on the legal debate in the Schiavo case are people who work to protect the rights of the disabled. Joining me to share his perspective is Andy Imparato, the president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Thank you so much for being her here. What -- why do people with disabilities and those who represent them feel so strongly about this case? What's at the heart of it?


Hoyer: Aggressive Action Needed to Restore the Intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act

One year ago, my dear friend Tony Coelho issued the “Coelho Challenge,” urging the disability community to only support Presidential candidates who adopt a five-point agenda for dismantling the barriers to work for people with disabilities.

As Tony stated then, and as those of us here today recognize: “Work provides discipline and structure to our lives. It is a source of identity and social acceptance. . . Work makes sustaining life and building a material existence vastly easier.”


Coelho Challenge

Hon. Tony Coelho Our Right to Work, Our Demand to be Heard: People with Disabilities, the 2004 Election, and Beyond

New York Law School October 24, 2003

We meet today out of a patriotic sense of national purpose - to challenge the country we love to redeem its promise for every American, including the 54 million of our citizens whom we call people with disabilities.


Acceptance Remarks for BLN Breakfast

Ms. Linda Dickerson
Dickerson & Mangus, Ink.
BLN Breakfast
October 2, 2003

Thank you, I am truly flattered by this recognition. Like the turtle on top of the fencepost, I’m not quite sure how I got here, but I know that I did not do it alone.


From Dependence to Freedom, Through Competitive Employment: The Impact of Partnership

Remarks by: Jean-Pierre E. Mbei
Highmark Camp Hill, PA

Good afternoon everyone! The Honorable Secretary Butler, it is wonderful seeing you again! Governor Schweiker, thank you for inviting me to speak here today! I feel very humbled and honored by the responsibility bestowed upon me. Ms. Tarr, Mr. Nasuti, Mr. Haiduck, thanks for your excellent presentations! To the conference planning committee, a BIG THANK YOU for a job well done!


Remarks of Greg S. Babe, CIO Bayer Corporation at Business Leadership Network's Corporate Leadership Award

Good Morning! Welcome to the Business Leadership Network's Corporate Leadership Award. I am Greg Babe, BLN member and Chief Information Officer for Bayer Corporation, the sponsor of today's event.

I wish to thank all of you for choosing to begin your day with us as we take the time to recognize someone sitting in our audience today who exemplifies the kind of leadership that helps BLN achieve its goal of promoting hiring practices that enable qualified people with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workplace.



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