Catarina Rivera

Catarina Rivera, MSEd, MPH, CPACC 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. Committed to social justice, Catarina 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. Additionally, she is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (IAAP), and part of Keynote Women’s Global Speakers Directory.

Disability Awareness Foundations Training Series – Sessions can be 1 hour, with a 45 min presentation and 15 min for Q&A (No cap on attendees). They can also be delivered as a 90-min workshop (maximum of 50 attendees).

A Practical Introduction to Disability Awareness 

  • Learn what ableism is and the role it plays.
  • Grow in awareness about disability overall, including the definition of disability.
  • Understand how to avoid microaggressions and use inclusive language.
  • Identify 1 clear action you will take to be more inclusive right away.

Unpacking Ableism in the Workplace

  • Be able to name and define ableism, including examples.
  • Understand the historical context of ableism in our society.
  • Understand how ableism shows up in the common language we use.
  • Identify 1 way you will continue unpacking ableism.

Disability Inclusion for Leaders

  • Talk through why inclusive managers make a difference.
  • Define disability inclusion.
  • Understand barriers to achieving disability inclusion in the workplace.
  • Discuss the issues most managers need to address when it comes to disability.
  • Learn practical best practices for being an inclusive manager and leader.


The Future of Work Must Prioritize Disability Inclusion
With the future of work rapidly taking shape, savvy leaders need to recognize that disability inclusion is imperative. While more than 15% of the world is disabled, disability awareness and inclusion are often not seen as priorities. In her keynote, Catarina addresses 3 myths blocking leaders from focusing on disability, explores the emotions surrounding disability, and articulates a vision for the future of work that centers on disability inclusion. Catarina will also share tips for how you can influence other stakeholders to care about disability inclusion and accessibility. She uses her own story as a disabled Latin woman to ground you in real-life examples and to create urgency around the imperative for inclusion.

Understand the Assignment: Prioritize Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Why is Disability Left out of DEI?

How to Address the Barriers and Create Real Change

Fireside Chat (to be edited with client’s speaking topics)

Join Catarina for a dynamic fireside chat. She will discuss her personal journey with disability, ableism and its societal presence, her perspective on intersectionality as a disabled Latin woman, and her work as an entrepreneur and content creator. Catarina has an audience of over 20.5K across platforms. Open Q&A to follow.

For more information on Catarina’s virtual and in-person keynotes or trainings, please contact