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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

Paula Ballog, Jim Homme, Gerald Homme: Bender HighTest Team

5/17/2022
Joyce welcomes Bender’s HighTest Team to the show. Paula “PJ” Ballog, Jim Homme, and Gerald Homme will explain the mission of the team and their expertise in providing digital accessibility solutions. Guests will discuss the increasing importance of digital accessibility from compliance with regulations such as Section 508 and World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to impact from a consumer perspective. The team will also add perspective about digital...

Duration:00:55:28

Kenya Loudd: Strength of Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act

5/10/2022
Joyce welcomes Kenya Loudd, a joint doctoral student at Yale University in the departments of History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies, to the show. During the show, she will discuss her research, which is centered around the nexus of race, disability, education, and institutionalization where she explores, on a large scale, the historical Black experience with disability. As we prepare to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the passage of section 504 of the Rehabilitation...

Duration:00:53:31

Jill Houghton: 2022 Disability:IN Conference

5/3/2022
Joyce welcomes Jill Houghton, President, and CEO of Disability:IN to the show. Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. It’s network of over 400 corporations expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Also, it’s central office and 25 affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business. Among the topics Ms. Houghton will discuss, are the plans for the 2022...

Duration:00:55:01

Peri Jude Radecic: Disability Rights Issues of Pennsylvania

4/26/2022
Joyce welcomes Peri Jude Radecic, CEO of Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Disability Rights Pennsylvania is an independent, nonprofit corporation authorized by the U.S. Congress and designated by the Governor of Pennsylvania as the Protection and Advocacy System in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Their mission is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Ms. Radecic will discuss Disability Rights PA and civil rights for...

Duration:00:54:26

DOBE Team: Philip DeVliegher, Cami Turcotte, and Kathleen Castore

4/19/2022
Joyce welcomes Philip DeVliegher, Cami Turcotte, and Kathleen Castore to the show. They are members of the Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Team at Disability:IN, the leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Disability:IN represents a network of over 400 corporations and expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Their central office and 25 affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with...

Duration:00:53:27

Helena Berger/Mary E. Dolan: 25th Anniversary of the FDR Memorial

4/12/2022
Joyce welcomes Helena Berger, Chair of the FDR Legacy Committee’s Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Mary E. Dolan to the show. The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee serves to preserve the memory of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s catalytic involvement in issues of equality and freedom – especially for people with disabilities. The guests will be sharing plans for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the FDR Memorial this May in Washington, DC.

Duration:00:56:07

Andy Imparato: Mission of Disability Rights California (DRC)

4/5/2022
Joyce is honored to have as her guest, Andy Imparato, Executive Director, of Disability Rights California (DRC). DRC is the federally funded legal services agency that serves Californians with all disabilities across the age spectrum. Among the topics Mr. Imparato will discuss during the show, are the services offered by this agency, and how he has improved the outreach of those services since becoming Executive Director in February 2020.

Duration:00:55:15

Steve Irwin: Employment of People with Disabilities in PA

3/29/2022
Joyce is honored to have as her guest, Steve Irwin, lifelong public servant, and current democratic candidate for US Congress for PA. He will discuss his commitment to people with disabilities and employment at the state level.

Duration:00:53:42

Jonathan Lovitz: Advocating for LGBTQ+ and Disability Communities

3/22/2022
Joyce welcomes Jonathan Lovitz to the show to discuss his role as a politician and national leader in the LGBTQ+ and Disability Communities, as well as the intersectionality between these two groups. He will discuss his work as a small business and public policy advocate and as a special advisor for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, as well as the key issues he is talking about in his campaign for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Duration:00:54:55

Elijah Armstrong/Noor Perez: 2021 Paul Hearne Award Winners

3/15/2022
Joyce is pleased to have as her guests, the 2021 Paul Hearne Emerging Leaders Award Winners, Elijah Armstrong and Noor Perez, on the show. These young disability rights leaders will each explain what it means to them to have received this prestigious award in 2021 from the American Association of People with Disabilities. They will also share the current projects they are working on since receiving the award. Joining Joyce and our 2021 Paul Hearne Award Winners, at the beginning of this...

Duration:00:53:28

Raul Suarez-Rodriguez: Diversity Champion at Merck

3/8/2022
Joyce welcomes Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Director, Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity at Merck to the show. For over 130 years, Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of their mission to save and improve lives. They demonstrate a commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching...

Duration:00:56:12

Michael Coffey: Writer/A Producer of Triumph, Starring, RJ Mitte

3/1/2022
Joyce is thrilled to have as her guest, Michael Coffey, writer, and a producer of Triumph, starring, RJ Mitte. Mr. Coffey will discuss what inspired him to write and produce the movie, as well as his personal experiences as a person living with cerebral palsy, and his current projects.

Duration:00:53:32

Nedra Dickson: Accenture’s Innovative Employment Methods

2/22/2022
Joyce welcomes Nedra Dickson, international/national business leader and disability advocate to the show. Ms. Dickson is Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability Programs across 18 countries at Accenture. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all these services. They combine unmatched experience and specialized...

Duration:00:52:02

Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew: AHN Committed to Disability Inclusion

2/15/2022
Joyce welcomes Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Allegheny Health Network back to the show. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is known and respected nationally for her work to promote diversity in the workforce. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew will share more about how the organization champions the hiring of people with disabilities as part of their diversity hiring practice.

Duration:00:52:41

Highmark Inc. – Disability Ally and Employment Champion

2/8/2022
Joyce is excited to have back to the show the returning champion of competitive employment for Americans with disabilities, David Holmberg, President, and CEO of Highmark Health. Mr. Holmberg launched an initiative in 2020 to hire 30 people with disabilities from Bender Consulting Services to honor the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, called the Highmark 30/30. He continued this work in 2021 and hired 31 people with disabilities. It is amazing that under his leadership he has...

Duration:00:54:44

Triumph/Breaking Bad Actor, Advocate & Philanthropist, RJ Mitte

2/1/2022
Joyce is thrilled to welcome actor, advocate and philanthropist, RJ Mitte to the show. RJ will discuss his career in Hollywood and his experience breaking down stereotypes and changing public mindsets with his easy-going and positive outlook, through the unique lens of his lived experiences with cerebral palsy. Additionally, he will discuss what it meant for him to be a part of the cast of Breaking Bad, and his latest movie Triumph, which follows the story of a high school wrestler...

Duration:00:55:21

NTID’s and RIT’s Commitment to Students with Disabilities

1/25/2022
Joyce welcomes Dr. Gerard J. Buckley, President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology, (RIT) to the show. Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. During the show, Dr. Buckley will discuss both NTID and RIT’s commitment to serving college students with disabilities.

Duration:00:53:54

Disability Rights Activist, and Author, Emily Ladau

1/18/2022
Joyce welcomes Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Activist, Communications Consultant, and Author to the show. Ms. Ladau will be discussing her advocacy work and her latest book, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally.

Duration:00:51:50

Mission and Goals of BBI

1/11/2022
Joyce welcomes Peter Blanck, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) to the show. Mr Blanck will discuss the mission of BBI and its latest efforts to reach around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities.

Duration:00:52:16

Bender Leadership Academy/Mary Brougher Mental Health Initiative

1/4/2022
Joyce welcomes to the show Scott Hammerstrom, Manager of Programs and Partnerships for Bender Leadership Academy. Joining Scott on the show will be Leanne Thomas, Account Manager, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Chief-of-Staff for Joyce Bender, CEO. Each guest will talk about the mission of the Bender Leadership Academy and the Mary Brougher Mental Health Initiative. This program was started to honor the life and work of the late President of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., Mary...

Duration:00:54:16