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Disability Matters

VoiceAmerica

Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show. Broadcast live and captioned in real-time for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, we discuss how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities, and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show. Broadcast live and captioned in real-time for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, we discuss how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities, and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA

Networks:

VoiceAmerica

Description:

Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show. Broadcast live and captioned in real-time for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, we discuss how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities, and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Language:

English

Contact:

3 Penn Center West, Suite 223 Pittsburgh, PA 15276 1-866-472-5788


Episodes

Mary Mercer-Amy Smith: Ministry at North Way Christian Community

12/6/2022
Joyce welcomes Mary Mercer, Ministry Leader, Spiritual Leader, Writer and Speaker and Amy Smith, Worship Director of North Way Christian Community to the show. Guests will discuss their individual contributions to the church and programs at the church sharing the gospel during the holiday season to children and adults who attend the campuses of North Way Christian Community.

Duration:00:55:15

Pat Crumrine: Advancements in Treating Children with Epilepsy

11/29/2022
Joyce is honored to welcome Dr. Pat Crumrine, Epileptologist at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA to the show. Dr. Crumrine will discuss the latest research and advancements in the care and treatment of children living with epilepsy happening at this renowned hospital.

Duration:00:54:44

Patricia Dean: Mission of Epilepsy Alliance America

11/22/2022
Joyce welcomes Patricia Dean, Epilepsy Network Liaison for the Epilepsy Alliance America to the show. Epilepsy Alliance America is a growing national organization representing like-minded local, regional, statewide, and even other national agencies dedicated to serving the everyday needs of people who live with seizures and epilepsy. Ms. Dean will discuss their work in depth and share how the organization creates greater awareness of living with epilepsy.

Duration:00:54:15

Tony Coelho-Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation

11/15/2022
As we continue to recognize November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month, Joyce welcomes back to the show, The Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Coelho will share his story of living with epilepsy and discuss the mission of The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation at the Loyola Law School to collaborate with the disability community to cultivate leadership and advocate innovative approaches to advance the lives of people with...

Duration:00:54:24

Homme/Hammerstrom/Radecic: Mission of the Rev Up Coalition PA

11/8/2022
During Election Day 2022, Joyce welcomes Gerald Homme, Scott Hammerstrom, and Peri Jude Radecic to the show. Discussed on the show will be the Rev Up Coalition of PA, which is part of a national campaign to include the 60 million Americans with disabilities in the election process. Its mission is to foster civic engagement and protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities. REV UP stands for “Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!”

Duration:00:55:58

Beem-Jelley/Fulkerson: Services of EAWCP and 2023 Mardi Gras Gala

11/1/2022
Joyce welcomes Peggy Beem-Jelley, President and CEO and Colleen Fulkerson, Special Events Coordinator of the Epilepsy Association of Western/Central, PA (EAWCP) to the show. The guests will discuss the programs and services of the EAWCP and plans for the 2023 Mardi Gras annual gala and fundraiser for the non-profit organization.

Duration:01:00:00

Marlene Sallo/J.J. Rico: Mission of NDRN

10/25/2022
Joyce welcomes Marlene Sallo, newly appointed Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and it’s President of the Board of Directors, J.J Rico to the show. The NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Sallo will explain her history in disability advocacy and explain where she plans on taking the national organization...

Duration:01:00:00

National Disability Rights Leader, Jonathan Young

10/18/2022
As we get ready to celebrate the 23rd year of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), Joyce welcomes back National Disability Rights Leader and the originator of Disability Mentoring Day, Jonathan Young to the show. Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and jobseekers with disabilities through career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. While DMD has been and continues to be officially launched the...

Duration:01:00:00

Lachi: Recording Artist, and Disability Rights Advocate

10/11/2022
Joyce welcomes recording artist and disability rights advocate, Lachi to the show. Lachi will share her story about growing up as a person who is blind. She will share what inspired her to enter the music entertainment industry and what gave her the confidence to do so. Additionally, Lachi will share her work with the Grammy’s and offer advice to people with disabilities on how to overcome being ashamed of a disability and instead embrace it and pursue their dreams.

Duration:01:00:00

John Walsh: Committed to Hiring People with Disabilities

10/4/2022
As October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Joyce is kicking off the month by welcoming a very successful business leader and real advocate for employing people with disabilities, John Walsh, to the show. He has hired people with disabilities from Bender Consulting Services, Inc. for years. During the show, he will explain why he feels that it is important to hire people with disabilities and to have that commitment from the top down in an organization. Additionally, he...

Duration:00:56:07

Bender Consulting’s Disability Inclusion Assessment Product

9/27/2022
Joyce welcomes Christine Griffin, Principal Consultant and Sr. Search Consultant, and Sherry Lapaglia, Director of Talent Programs and Product Innovation, for Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. The guests will highlight Bender’s disability inclusion assessment and strategic planning services available to corporations seeking to be inclusive of people with disabilities. Bender’s disability inclusion assessments and strategic planning explore processes and policies to identify...

Duration:00:53:52

Ellen Duffield: Highmark Wholecare Hires People with Disabilities

9/20/2022
Joyce welcomes Ellen Duffield, President and CEO of Highmark Wholecare, to the show. Highmark Wholecare is a health insurance provider caring for the whole person - physically, mentally, and financially. It is committed to connecting its members with the right resources to meet health needs. Ms. Duffield will share with the listeners her story of how she reached President and CEO of Highmark Wholecare, and the personal reason she supports the commitment that Highmark Wholecare places on...

Duration:00:08:44

DMD/Bender Leadership Academy/Bender Student Leaders Program

9/13/2022
Joyce welcomes Laina Fusarelli, Advisor, Decision & Risk Analyst, Nova Chemicals, and Jenny Homme, a Lead Business Process Engineer at enGen, a technology subsidiary of Highmark Health and Chair of the Abilities Business Resource Group to Disability Matters, along with Scott Hammerstrom, Manager of Programs and Partnerships, with the Bender Leadership Academy. As we approach October, Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the celebration of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), on Wednesday,...

Duration:00:11:02

Gary Dick/Gerald Homme: Mission of the Careers 2B Program

9/6/2022
Joyce welcomes Gary Dick, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at enGen, and Gerald Homme, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Technology, at Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. They will be discussing The Careers 2B™ Program. The Careers2B™ Program was established in 2007 and serves as a national workforce development model to address the lack of professional work experience barrier to competitive employment for people with disabilities and improve employment outcomes for talented...

Duration:00:52:36

Mark Fleischer: Partnership Between Bender Leadership Academy/CLO

8/30/2022
Joyce welcomes Mark Fleischer, Executive Producer for the Civic Light Opera (CLO) of Pittsburgh to the show. Mark will share his passion for the theater and an update on what has been happening at the CLO. Mark will also discuss the exciting new partnership between the CLO and Bender Leadership Academy to support young people with disabilities.

Duration:00:56:02

Mick Malec: enGen’s Commitment to Hire People with Disabilities

8/23/2022
Joyce welcomes Mick Malec, CEO of enGen and Enterprise Technology and Operations Officer for Highmark Health, back to the show. enGen’s dynamic ecosystem of smart automation and technology supports streamlines complex operations for health plans and their provider partners. Founded in 2014 as HM Health Solutions (HMHS), enGen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Highmark Health. enGen has more than 3,500 employees and works with health care plans serving more than 10 million members nationwide....

Duration:00:51:04

Hiring People with Disabilities the Necessary Business Investment

8/16/2022
Leanne Thomas, Chief of Staff and Account Director at Bender Consulting Services, and Gerald Homme, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Technology, join Joyce Bender this week on Disability Matters to discuss the necessary reasons to hire people with disabilities as a business investment right now. Changes in the business and government world today demonstrates the monetary gains and investment opportunities for corporations and their ESG.

Duration:00:54:46

Encore Tony Coelho: 32nd Anniversary of the Signing of the ADA

8/9/2022
Joyce welcomes The Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to the show. Tony discusses his experiences living with epilepsy and work to pass the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act throughout his career in the U.S. House of Representatives and as an on-going advocate for the disability community. He shares his pride in the achievement of getting both passed and his continued passion for helping people with disabilities live productive lives.

Duration:00:50:58

Encore Senator Tom Harkin: 32nd Anniversary of the Signing of the ADA

8/2/2022
As part of ADA Month, Joyce welcomes Senator Tom Harkin to the show. Senator Harkin will reflect on the significance of the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. Senator Harkin will also share his thoughts on the work that still needs done to advance the lives of Americans with disabilities.

Duration:00:54:25

I King Jordan: Meaning of ADA for Deaf Americans

7/19/2022
Joyce welcomes I. King Jordan, past President of Gallaudet University to the show. President Jordan made history in 1988 when he became the first deaf President of Gallaudet University. He will discuss his long tenure in this position and the groundbreaking way he achieved it. He will also discuss what the ADA means to all people with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf.

Duration:00:55:34