It is an honor and a privilege to have such a respected government leader and disability advocate, such as Mr. Tom Ridge, as my guest.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 11, 2006
Chair of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), Former Secretary of Homeland Security, and Former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, will be interviewed by Modavox's VoiceAmerica™ Network host Joyce Bender on "Disability Matters" Tuesday, December 12, 2006. Mr. Ridge will discuss his past and present work in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the employment of people with disabilities. This interview on "Disability Matters" with Joyce Bender will broadcast at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) December 12 on the VoiceAmerica Channel (http://www.voice.voiceamerica.com).
"Disability Matters" addresses topics related to the disabled community, with specific emphasis on competitive employment for people with disabilities. Each week host Joyce Bender presents to her show political leaders, advocacy groups, entertainment figures, champion organizations, and leaders in communities who are transforming the lives and perceptions of those with disabilities within our society. This show is broadcast live and captioned in real time for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Founded in 1982, the National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania who served as the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, is the current Chair of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.)'s Board of Directors.
Host Joyce Bender said, "It is an honor and a privilege to have such a respected government leader and disability advocate, such as Mr. Tom Ridge, as my guest." She continued, "His commitment to people with disabilities and special needs is well established and respected. With Mr. Ridge serving as Chair of the National Organization on Disability Board, it is assured that his strong voice will serve the community in positive ways."
"Disability Matters" with Joyce Bender broadcasts every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) with rebroadcast at 11 p.m. Pacific (2 a.m. Eastern) on the VoiceAmerica Channel (http://www.voice.voiceamerica.com). Listeners with questions, comments or opinions are encouraged to call in live, toll-free at 1-866-472-5788. Past shows are available On Demand and podcast download.
About Tom Ridge:
Prior to his appointment as Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania and served from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Ridge is a 1967 honors graduate of Harvard and holds a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law. He was drafted into the army during law school and served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star for Valor. He has tinnitus and a hearing loss as a result of his military service and wears a hearing aid. He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. Congress when he won that office in 1982, having previously been assistant district attorney for Erie County. Tom Ridge began working with the National Organization on Disabilities (N.O.D) soon after his appointment by President George W. Bush as Homeland Security Advisor. Ridge met with N.O.D. leadership and continued his regular dialogue after becoming Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He partnered with N.O.D.'s Emergency Preparedness Initiative for the first ever conference on Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities. Under his leadership, the Department of Homeland Security also implemented an aggressive program to hire people with disabilities. For more information on the NOD, visit http://www.nod.org/
About Joyce Bender:
The host of "Disability Matters", Joyce A. Bender, is President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (BCS) and its sister company, Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc. (BCSC). BCS provides competitive employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities in the areas of information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources and general business. In 1985, Joyce had a life-threatening accident due to epilepsy, which caused an intracranial hemorrhage that required subsequent brain surgery. Against all odds, Joyce recovered from this accident that left her with a 60 percent hearing loss in one ear and a realization that she had epilepsy. As a result of her personal experience, she developed a passion for helping people with disabilities and founded both companies. Ms. Bender is the recipient of the 2003 New Freedom Initiative Award from the Bush Administration, as well as the 1999 President's Award from President Clinton. For more information on Joyce A. Bender and her companies, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. and Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc., visit, http://www.benderconsult.com/ or http://www.benderofcanada.com/
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