Catarina Rivera 

Public Speaker and DEI Consultant

Blindish Latina


Why is Disability Often Left Out of DEI? How to Address the Barriers and Create Real Inclusion


Workshop Description:  

Disability is part of diversity too. Worldwide, over 15% of people are disabled. Disability intersects with all other diversity dimensions. So why is it often left out of DEI initiatives? What can we do to change this and create real commitment to disability inclusion?


Join this session to hear the main reasons disability gets left behind and learn concrete strategies for addressing these barriers. This session will also discuss why disability inclusion is important for workplaces and share key best practices for executive leaders, HR leaders, and middle managers.


If you’re wondering why we even need to focus on disability, this session will address that. If you care about retaining employees, driving innovation, and designing better products- guess what? Disability inclusion has all of those benefits.Designing workplaces inclusive for disability will actually benefit all employees, not just disabled ones.

Catarina’s Bio:  

Catarina Rivera, MSEd, MPH is a public speaker and DEI consultant with over 14 years of experience in the public sector. Catarina works with companies to improve accessibility and inclusion, retain employees, and design better products. She is the founder of Blindish Latina, a platform smashing disability stigmas through storytelling, advocacy, and training. Catarina has worn hearing aids from a young age and was diagnosed with progressive vision loss at 17 years old. She has a BA from Duke University, an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education, and an MPH from Hunter College. She is a member of RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau. Catarina is committed to social justice.