University of Pittsburgh
Thornburgh Family Lecture Series on Disability Law & Policy presents

Competitive Employment: The Last Frontier

Our Journey of Removing Barriers and Overcoming Stigma
Joyce A. Bender, CEO and President, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
November 6, 2013 - 1:00pm2:15pm
University Club
123 University Place Ballroom B
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Bender Consulting is a national firm that recruits and hires people with disabilities who are trained in the areas of information technology, engineering, finance and accounting,human resources, and general business for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors. In 1985, Bender survived a life threatening accident caused by a misdiagnosis of epilepsy. Due to her personal experience living with both epilepsy and a hearing disability, she founded Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc.

Bender also is the immediate past chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities, a past chair of the national Epilepsy Foundation, and a member on the boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania, Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, and Carlow University. Bender also is vice president of board governance for Variety the Children's Charity.

Due to limited seating, preregistration is requested. To register, go to

Refreshments will be available.


The Thornburgh Family Lecture Series on Disability Law and Policy is sponsored by the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy. The series was created through the generosity of Dick and GinnyThornburgh. As 2003 recipients of the Henry B. Betts Award, the Thornburghs donated the proceeds from the award to the Universityof Pittsburgh to establish this lecture series. The fund has beensupplemented by grants from the Office of the Chancellor, with assistance from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Law.

CLE Information

Cost for CLE Credit: $30

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for One (1) hour of substantive credit.  There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this program.

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