We talk about it all of the time – disability is the least talked about segment of DEIB with less than 4% of companies prioritizing it amongst their other DEIB initiatives. Disability is the largest minority group in the world, and by ignoring it in DEIB, it also leaves out a core tenant of disability justice: intersectionality.

The lived experience of disabled people from one community to another is vastly different, and when we add in additional identities that our society marginalizes, the experience is even more diverse. Join Joshin as we sit down with disability advocates Paula Carozzo (she/her) and Devin Norko (they/them) to have an honest conversation about why intersectionality in disability and other forms of diversity has to be prioritized at all times.

Devin, a young Black femme enby with a short brown fro, is shown chest-up smiling at the camera. They are wearing a white shirt, round glasses, and a gray headband.
Meet Your Presenter

Devin Norko

Devin Norko is a Black, disabled, and queer intersectional advocacy content creator, writer, and artist. They have multiple disabilities in a range of classifications, most meaning they spend quite a bit of time in medical spaces. They focus their advocacy mainly on disability, queerness, neurodivergence, and generally what it’s like to be a multiply-marginalised person: the joys, the traumas, the microaggressions, the unlearning, the solidarity and community – all making up the beautiful and multifaceted lives we live. They make it a point on their platforms to prioritise vulnerability and growth, and use my work to inform and educate, to encourage visibility, to amplify voices.

While intentionally advocating for a few years, they’ve been a writer since they could hold a pen – having written many poems (multiple published), articles, short stories, and now essays and essay-like text for their advocacy work, and writing more long-form in some spaces. Devin is also a speaker, honoured to have spoken on multiple occasions at events for things relating to disability/disability justice, queer rights, self-acceptance, etc. – and they are an open mic host, a founding host for the Disability Open Mic for Get Loud Movement.

You can find Devin here:Instagram: instagram.com/mxdevin | Patreon: patreon.com/mxdevin | TikTok: @mxdevin | Twitter: twitter.com/mxdevinn | Medium: medium.com/@mxdevin | To connect: mxdevin@outlook.com

Paula is a Latin disabled woman with brown hair, standing on a street in a green top and black fringed skirt holding a purple cane.
Meet Your Presenter

Paula Carozzo

Inclusive activist, disabled content creator, model and speaker, Paula Carozzo has cultivated and created a space to redefine disability. At the age of five, Paula was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after an anoxic episode from surgery. On her journey with a cane, Paula shares her story on what it’s like to live with a disability by amplifying the voices of her community to share their laughs, struggles, and adventures from living with a disability. Paula is recognized as a spokesperson for adaptive fashion, lifestyle with a disability, wellness, accessibility, and inclusive rights.