Disability Matters

Disability Matters

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.... Show More

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October 27, 2020 60 min
Joyce welcomes the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the American with Disabilities Act, and Ted Jackson, a disability and LGBTQ+ advocate who currently serves as the DNC’s senior advisor for Accessibility and Disability Engagement. They will be discussing the importance of the disability vote in 2020, and voter accessibility.
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Joyce welcomes Wells Fargo’s Regina Heyward, senior vice president and head of supplier diversity and Kathy Martinez, senior vice president, head of disability and accessibility strategy to the show. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,200 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (...
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Joyce welcomes Priscilla Koranteng, vice president global talent and chief diversity officer at Kellogg. Ms. Koranteng will discuss her role in the organization, as well as its commitment to employ people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Also discussed will be the changes that have taken place at the company due to COVID-19.
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Joyce welcomes Cindy Hundorfean, president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network (AHN) to the show. Ms. Hundorfean will discuss her role as president and CEO of this health organization, as well as its commitment to continue to employ people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Also discussed will be the changes that have taken place in the practice of healthcare and business at AHN due to COVID-19.
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Joyce welcomes back Dr. Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH to the show. Dr. Barber is the national advisor and coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee, comprised of a group of public health experts from Harvard (FXB Center for Health and Human Rights), UCLA (Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, and Health), and other academic institutions across the country. She serves on this adviso...
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Joyce welcomes Makito Kamiya, CEO and founder of Associa, which provides social skills training at Associa Social University for people with cognitive disabilities, so they are more readily employable and Takanori Sai, Assistant to the Chairperson, DPI International to the show. Mr. Sai has overseen Japan’s dealing with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), anti-discrimination law and disability inclusio...
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Joyce welcomes Madonna Crosthwaite Long, CEO Eco Elite Group/founder of 360 ACCESS and Kelly Buckland, executive director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to the show. Both guests will discuss how important it is to encourage voting participation for the upcoming election for those individuals in the disability community.
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Joyce welcomes Chris Ann Phillips, military affairs liaison and Mike Clark, business analytics consultant, for the Advanced Data & Analytics team in Internal Audit, for PNC Bank to the show. Both guests will be discussing the support that PNC gives to the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. and its Community Mutt Strutt fundraiser. Community partners and foundations join to fund the training of medical service dogs for...
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Joyce welcomes Judy Heumann, author and disability rights leader to the show. Judy is an American disability rights activist. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the disability community. Her memoir, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” published by Beacon Press and audio recorded by Ali Stroker, available on IndieBound, Barnes&Noble, and Amazon. Heumann is a lifelong civil righ...
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Joyce welcomes Sara Oliver-Carter, Duquesne Light Company’s (DLC) first chief diversity officer to the show. Ms. Oliver-Carter is responsible for creating and advancing DLC’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy and associated initiatives. She will discuss how the company is addressing the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the needs of its workforce with disabilities.
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Joyce welcomes Danielle Filip MBA, NIC-Advanced, vice of operations, Sign Language Interpreting Professionals (SLIP) and Emmai Alaquiva, Emmy-winning writer, producer and director to the show. . Danielle and Emmai will discuss “Unspeakable” a one-minute video public service announcement charged with bringing awareness to the voices of the deaf community and their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Danielle (who ser...
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Joyce welcomes Michele Erwin, president and founder of All Wheels Up, Inc. and Kelly Buckland, executive director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to the show. All Wheels Up, Inc. is currently the only organization in the world crash testing wheelchair tie downs and wheelchairs for commercial flight. Ms. Erwin will discuss the organization’s progress in this area and Mr. Buckland will share NCIL’s mission and ...
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Joyce welcomes Elaine Katz, senior vice president of Grants & Communications at Kessler Foundation to the show. Kessler Foundation is a nonprofit organization in the field of disability, and a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes - including employment - for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. ...
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Joyce welcomes The Honorable, Tony Coelho to the show. The former congressman from CA is an author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He will reflect on the significance of the 30th Anniversary of this landmark legislation and share with us the history behind making it the law of the land.
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As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA and the 25th Anniversary of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. this year, Joyce welcomes Mary Brougher, executive vice-president of operations; Jim Homme, information technology professional and digital accessibility consultant; and Gerald Homme, recruitment specialist and Bender Lead-On Team chair, with Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. The guests will dis...
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Joyce welcomes Chai R. Feldblum a partner and director of workplace culture consulting at Morgan Lewis, helping companies and organizations create safe, respectful, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Chai served as a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2019. Given this diverse background, and the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, she will share her thoughts on the importance of the si...
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Joyce welcomes back Maria Town, the president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Kelly Buckland, executive director of the National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) to the show. As our nation prepares to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this year, which was signed into law by President H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, both guests will...
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Joyce welcomes Janni.Lehrer-Stein, disability rights leader and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee Disability Council to the show. Ms. Lehrer-Stein will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people who are blind and other disabilities.
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Joyce welcomes Dr. Suzanne C. Smeltzer, professor and director of the Office of Nursing Research and Evaluation at Villanova University to the show. Dr. Smetzer is a nationally recognize health care expert, nurse and author. She will discuss her views on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities.
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Joyce welcomes Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH to the show. Dr. Barber is the national advisor and coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee, comprised of a group of public health experts from Harvard (FXB Center for Health and Human Rights), UCLA (Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, and Health), and other academic institutions across the country. During the pandemic, she has provi...
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