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Thursday, September 14 • 10:00am - 11:00am
How Disability is an Asset to Entrepreneurship: Panel Discussion FILLING

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People with disabilities are innate entrepreneurs. In fact, the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor reports that people with disabilities are twice more likely to pursue entrepreneurship compared to the non-disabled population. From the moment we wake up, get dressed, drive, communicate, and live our live, we as disabled people, have to adapt to a world that's not build to fit our needs. Yet most entrepreneurship resources and ecosystems are not accessible or inclusive for those with disabilities. During this session we will discuss some of the main barriers disabled people face when pursuing entrepreneurship and hear how entrepreneurs have utilized their disability as an asset for their entrepreneurship journey, business and venture.  

Moderators
avatar for Diego Mariscal

Diego Mariscal

Founder, CEO & Chief Disabled Officer, 2gether-international.org
As the founder, CEO and Chief Disabled Officer of 2Gether-International, a Washington D.C. based not-for profit, Diego Mariscal utilizes communication technology to engage disabled and non-disabled youth into several disability issues ranging from education and employment to police... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Keith Doane

Keith Doane

Keith Doane currently work as Administrative Assistant for Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. A big supporters of Deaf/HH in the entrepreneurship community across the US. He has been involved with DeafSpace, a research on Deaf/Hard of Hearing's way of being in architecture... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Program Manager, Tech & Innovation Office, DC Department for Small and Local Business Development
I work for DC government & help small and local businesses.
avatar for Rayna Richardson

Rayna Richardson

Rayna C. Richardson is the Owner of PinUp Preserves, a D.C.-based specialty preserves company founded in 2015. In the past 2 years, PinUp Preserves has grown to supply a number of local restaurants and other retailers. Rayna started her company after spending nearly two decades as... Read More →
avatar for Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers, managing director and founder of The Resource Network LLC, improves the bottom line for organizations by connecting internal and external resources in a way that creates a multiplier effect. Throughout his career Rick has been a catalyst bringing together people and... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1776 DC 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005