Guest: Kathy Martinez, Disability and accessibility strategy consultant
Host: Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, University Professor, Syracuse University
Recording Date: June 2, 2022
Archive: A Conversation with Kathy Martinez
- About the 504@50 Podcast Series
- About This Episode
- Learn about Kathy Martinez
- About Topics from This Episode
About the 504@50 Podcast Series
504@50 is a special interview series created in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In the series, we speak with leaders of the disability rights movement who advance the cause of equal rights through their tireless work.
The 504@50 Series is produced by the Southeast ADA Center, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and in collaboration with the Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. Check out the Section 504@50 website at section504at50.org
About This Episode
In this episode, Dr. Peter Blanck speaks with Kathy Martinez, President and CEO of the organization Disability Rights Advocates and former Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy for Wells Fargo Bank. They discuss the evolution of the disability rights movement from her perspective as a blind Latina woman. She describes the challenges of her personal experiences with two marginalized and intersecting identities and how they fit into the larger picture of the past, present, and future of the intersection of race, disability, and other identities.
Ms. Martinez explains that the current disability rights movement is more inclusive, and today’s activists understand that disability access is more complex than a wheelchair ramp. But she points out that more must be done, given that the population is aging and there are millions of people who are experiencing “Long COVID” and other disabilities that they never expected or that did not exist before the pandemic.
Learn about Kathy Martinez
Note: After this “504@50” interview was recorded in June 2022, Ms. Martinez began working for Expedia Group.
- LinkedIn Profile
- Kathy Martinez: My Journey to Becoming VP, Disability Inclusion at Expedia Group
Sources: Yahoo, Expedia Group (January 3, 2023)
- Kathy Martinez on Disability and Marginalized Communities
Source: Working Nation (July 20, 2022)
- Podcast: Disability Rights with Kathy Martinez
Source: The Fix (2022) [Audio file: 20 minutes]
- Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
Ms. Martinez joined Disability Rights Advocates as President and CEO in March 2021.
- ODEP at 20: Leading Voices – Kathy Martinez
This year  marks 20 years since the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy was created. In honor of this milestone, ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy talked to Kathy Martinez, who served as ODEP’s assistant secretary from 2009 to 2015.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) (September 13, 2021)
- Podcast: Going Beyond Accommodations with Kathy Martinez | Transcript [PDF].
Source: Being Heumann Podcast Series (September 1, 2021) [Audio file: 46 minutes, 13 seconds]
Transcript [PDF]: icloud.com/iclouddrive/0XYsyo9ny745DDdlFZKSFqwNA#Kathy_Martinez_Transcript
- Interview with Wells Fargo SVP Kathy Martinez
Ms. Martinez was Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy for Wells Fargo Bank from 2015 to 2021.
Source: Medium (December 23, 2018)
- Biography: AFB 100 Women in Leadership
Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- Becoming the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: A Story of Work, Community, and Change
An article written by Ms. Martinez. An audio file of this article is also available.
Source: University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration (2008)
About Topics from This Episode
- Hispanic and Latinx People with Disabilities
- ¡PRESENTE! The National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities
Source: The Latinx Project
- LGBTQ+ People with Disabilities
- Webinar: Disabled, Trans, and Queer: Intersectional Conversations in the Workplace
Archived webinar with accessible audio, video, presentation slides, transcript, and resources. Continuing education credit is not available for archived webinars.
Source: Southeast ADA Center (August 23, 2022)
- World Institute on Disability (WID)
Ms. Martinez began working for WID in the early 1990’s and served as the Executive Director from 2005-2009.
- National Federation of the Blind (NFB), et al. v. Target Corporation – Case Summary and Documents
This 2006 case sets the first precedent in the country regarding website accessibility.
Source: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
- Court Decision: National Federation of the Blind v. Target Corporation
Source: Southeast ADA Center
- Keeping Larry Paradis’ Legacy Marching Forward
Source: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
- Center for Independent Living Still Strong at 35
Gerald Baptiste talks about the history of the independent living movement.
Source: Berkeley Daily Planet (September 25, 2007)
- Video: Gerald Baptiste Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Ed Roberts Awards
[Video: Three minutes, fifteen seconds]
Source: Center for Independent Living – Berkeley, CA (February 2019)
- COVID-19 Pandemic and People with Disabilities
- ADA, Disability & COVID-19 Portal
Source: ADA National Network
Visit the Section 504@50 website at: section504at50.org
The 504@50 Series is produced by the Southeast ADA Center, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and in collaboration with the Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.