The Girl Talk: The Revolution Will Be Accessible Edition

The Girl Talk: The Revolution Will Be Accessible Edition

Katherine Perez, Rachel Arfa

Tue, March 27, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


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The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.
The Revolution Will Be Accessible Edition
As companies and organizations figure out ways to make their staff more diverse, one group is often left out of the conversation: people with disabilities.

The same invisibility applies to people being forcefully removed from this country by ICE, like 10-year-old Rosa Marie Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy and was taken into custody by federal agents following a gallbladder surgery.

This month, we meet two women fighting for the rights of people with disabilities: Kat Perez, co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities and Rachel Arfa, an attorney for Equip for Equality.

We’ll talk about how these women are working for representation on a local and national level, and the fight to make all spaces more accommodating for all people.

Open captioning and ASL interpretation will be available. The Hideout is wheelchair accessible and has accessible restrooms. To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact Erika Wozniak at
Katherine Perez
Katherine Perez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She identifies as a Disabled Latina and is the proud granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. Katherine graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2013 and is currently a PhD candidate in Disability Studies at UIC where she studies and writes about the criminal justice system and immigration as they both relate to individuals with disabilities. Katherine co-founded the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) in 2016. As a young organization, CNLD has brought together disabled Latinx leaders from across the nation who work in solidarity to do research about, advocate for, and tell the stories of folks who live intersectional identities. Katherine's professional goals include a multidisciplinary approach in building bridges between the disability, Latinx, and immigration academic, activist and policy communities. Katherine was honored with the American Association of People with Disabilities' Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award in 2017.
Rachel Arfa
Rachel Arfa is a passionate advocate for equal access for people with disabilities in cultural spaces, legal system and political system. Ms. Arfa is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in American Culture (and unofficially in student activism) and received a J.D. from University of Wisconsin School of Law.

Her day job is as a staff attorney at Equip for Equality, Illinois' governor-designated protection and advocacy organization, responsible for advocating for the civil and human rights for people with disabilities. Ms. Arfa’s work focuses on employment discrimination cases and civil rights violations and she also presents around the state on a variety of topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Arfa is a founding member of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) steering committee and works with other CCAC members to increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Chicago's cultural institutions. Ms. Arfa serves on the Board of Directors for 3Arts which advocates for women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching and visual arts. Ms. Arfa is a member of the ADA25 Advancing Leaders Network, and was named a 2016 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. In 2017, Ms. Arfa was a Fellow of the Illinois Womens’ Institute for Leadership (IWIL), which trains and prepares democratic women to run for office. When recruiting women to run for political office, Ms. Arfa implores you to be sure those efforts include outreach to women with disabilities.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642