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Tune in to episode 5 of the Disability Inclusion: Required podcast.

Incorporating Disability Into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: A Conversation with Catarina Rivera

In this episode of Disability Inclusion: Required, host Emily Ladau welcomes Catarina Rivera, a dynamic disability public speaker and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant. Catarina dives into why it’s essential to ensure disability isn’t overlooked in DEI work and offers an incredible wealth of actionable insights on implementing accessibility and disability-inclusive best practices. You’ll want to take notes during this episode!

Our podcast theme music is by Andre Louis and Precious Perez. Thank you to Recording Artists And Music Professionals With Disabilities (RAMPD) for connecting these talented disabled musicians with the Disability & Philanthropy Forum.

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Catarina Rivera, MSEd, MPH, CPACC is a disability public speaker, DEI consultant, and content creator with over 14 years of experience in the public sector. Catarina works with companies to improve disability awareness, inclusion, and accessibility. She is the founder of Blindish Latina, a platform smashing disability stigmas through storytelling and advocacy. Catarina has worn hearing aids from a young age and was diagnosed with a progressive vision disability 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. Catarina is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (IAAP). 

 She is a member of KeyNote Women’s Global Speakers Directory. She has been featured in Nasdaq, Authority Magazine, and as one of the top 21 DEI influencers of 2021. She was also named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices on Disability Advocacy for 2022. Past clients have included HarperCollins Publishers, LinkedIn, Hachette Book Group, Whole30, Grant Thornton, ColorStack, and BCG Digital Ventures. Catarina is a TEDx Speaker and spoke at TEDxRolandPark in June 2022. Catarina is committed to social justice.