The Bender Leadership Academy’s competency-based workforce development programs address barriers to employment of people with disabilities. These programs raise the marketability of participants through building career competencies while gaining work experience.

Education 2 Employment

Goal: Provide real-world, mentored work experience with an established business partner to increase marketable work skills.


2-12 Month Coached Work Experience

Located On-site with Established Work Partner

Routine Performance Evaluations

Skills Developed
  • Business Success
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Employer Expectations
  • Work Ethics
  • Work Consistency, Delivery & Quality
  • Goal Setting
  • Establish Business Relationships
  • Improved Work Competency
  • Resume Enhancement
  • Increased Independence
Digital Access @ Work - Getting Started

Goal: Develop essential competencies in the emerging field of digital accessibility, culminating in project experience testing mobile applications and website accessibility for real businesses under the guidance of field experts.


2-12 Month Instructor-Led Training (200 hours)

Instructor Learning Support

Independent Study Opportunities

Skills Developed
  • Computer Essentials
  • Digital Accessibility Concepts
  • WCAG 2.0
  • Testing Methodologies
  • Effective Documentation and Reporting
  • Work Consistency, Deliver & Quality
  • Improved Work Competency
  • Resume Enhancement
  • Improved Communications
  • Technology QA and Testing Basics