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 and discusses how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.
Joyce welcomes Erik Jimenez, disability leader and senior policy director in the Nevada State Treasurer’s office. He will discuss his political career and his work on the legislative committee for the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Joyce welcomes Gerald Homme, recruitment specialist for Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. Gerald will discuss Bender’s Career2B initiative. The Careers2B initiative is a program designed to increase the professional level experience and marketability of early career professionals with disabilities. Founded in conjunction with Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC, the objective of Careers2B is for people with disabilities to gain the work experience required to increase their marketability to prospective employers. Careers2B addresses the lack of work experience that has been identified as a major and systemic barrier to employment for individuals with disabilities. Gerald will discuss how the program works and how candidates are selected by Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to meet the requirements of the program.
Joyce welcomes Claudine Malone, director of programming for the Beau Biden Foundation and Joshua Alcorn, its chief operating officer, (COO) in Wilmington, DE to the show. The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was created to honor Beau Biden's life's work: ensuring children are free from the threat of abuse. Each guest will discuss their role with this foundation and the programs and services it offers.
Joyce welcomes Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Orthopaedic surgeon, Robert Schilken, MD, and Matthew Aaron, president and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania to the show. Both guests will explain their roles with the Special Olympics of PA (SOPA) and how being a part of the Special Olympics program is beneficial for the staff, volunteers, and athletes with disabilities alike.
Joyce welcomes Elijah Armstrong, a student at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, who has started an organization called Equal Opportunities for Students. The organization teaches self-advocacy by informing people of their rights under federal law and also explores issues of social justice. Elijah will discuss when his self-advocacy began, what made it necessary for him to stand up for himself and what led to his passionate stance that anybody with a disability needs to learn the skills to advocate for themselves.
Christine Griffin is a disability rights leader and search consultant at Bender Consulting Services, Inc. She will discuss her background at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) within the federal government, the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts and her work at the White House.
Joyce welcomes, Dustin Gibson, another 2019 American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Hearne Emerging Leader Award Winner to the show.
Dustin works beside community members and grassroots organizations to lead campaigns and build coalitions to eliminate police violence, address community needs, end the criminalization of students -specifically African American disabled students. He advocates for the implementation of policy and legislation to reduce harm. He will discuss his work in depth and explain how he plans on using the funds from the Hearne Emerging Leader Award to advance this noble cause.
Joyce welcomes Frances West, an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, author, strategy advisor, and women-in-technology trailblazer known for her work in innovation, technology, and business transformation. She is the founder of FrancesWestCo, a global strategy advisory company focused on operationalizing inclusion as a business and technology imperative through her unique Authentic Inclusion™ blueprint. She will discuss her work in depth during the show.
Joyce welcomes Marci Katona and Shannon Austin, District Administrators for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Both guests will discuss in-depth their disability advocacy. Also discussed will be their roles within the OVR organization, as well as the overall mission of the organization.
Joyce welcomes Jim Fruchterman a leading social entrepreneur, MacArthur Fellow and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Silicon Valley, which creates e-books and other technology innovations for people with disabilities. He will explain the mission of this organization in-depth.