Catarina Rivera

Disability Public Speaker

DEI Consultant


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 and advocacy. 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. Catarina is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (IAAP). She is a member of Respect Ability's National Disability Speakers Bureau and Keynote Women's Global Speakers Directory. She has worked with over 40+ clients since launching her company and has been featured in Nasdaq, Authority Magazine, and as one of the top 21 DEI influencers of 2021. Past clients have included HarperCollins Publishers, LinkedIn, Hachette Book Group, Whole30, Grant Thornton, and BCG Digital Ventures. Catarina is committed to social justice.

  • Intersectionality

    Perspective of a Professional, Disabled, Latina Woman

    This session addresses the intersectionality of identity within diversity through Catarina's personal storytelling approach. Perfect for Disability Pride Month, Latinx Heritage Month, and Disability Employment Awareness Month.

  • A Practical Introduction to Disability Awareness

    This session focuses on demystifying disability and equipping employees with foundational understandings of disability, including appropriate language to use for disability and how to prevent microaggressions. All participants will learn that disability is not a bad word!

  • Disability Inclusion for Leaders

    Managers and leaders will learn the benefits of inclusion, why disability inclusion is so important, as well as key best practices for inclusion. Managers and leaders will learn how to respond appropriately and supportively to disability disclosure.

  • Other Topics
    • Unpacking Ableism in the Workplace
    • Disability Inclusion Made Simple
    • The Future of Work Must Prioritize Disability Inclusion
    • Accessibility
    • Being Latine/x and Disabled

“The way Catarina mixed in her own experiences into the session really hit our goal of driving empathy and ‘human understanding’ within our organization. I highly recommend working with Catarina.”

Anthony Onesto, Head of People, SUZY

“Catarina’s presentation was very well received by the attendees and we were all appreciative of her insight and authenticity. Our team had a wonderful experience working with Catarina and look forward to working with her again.”

Jennifer Hess, Disability Alliance BRG National Operations Lead, Grant Thornton LLP (US)

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