Changing Paradigms on Disability: Latin Americans Overcoming Obstacles


Friday, March 3, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Hall 102, Harvard Yard

Jeison Aristizábal, Director and Founder, Asodisvalle (Cali, Colombia). CNN Hero of the Year 2016
Olga M. López, Latino Outreach Coordinator, Federation for Children with Special Needs (Boston, MA)


In his inspirational talk “Three Secrets to Be Happy,” Jeison Aristizábal shares his journey of self-discovery, growing up since birth with cerebral palsy, and amid the poverty of the district of Aguablanca in Cali, Colombia. He eventually finds his life’s mission through his work serving children with disabilities and their families through his foundation “Asodisvalle.” His talk invites participants to overcome their own self-imposed obstacles, sharing his secrets for a happy and fulfilling life. 

CNN Heroes Tribute: Jeison Aristizábal (video)

Olga López will provide a glimpse into the realities faced by Latino families with children with disabilities in the Boston area, whom she serves though her work in the Federation for Children with Special Needs. The cultural, language, and socio-economic barriers faced by these populations frequently prevent them from accessing needed resources, and too often result in young adults with low employment opportunities despite their desire to become productive members of the community.

This event is free and open to the public. Event will be held in Spanish.

Co-sponsored by
Consulate of Colombia in Boston
Federation for Children with Special Needs
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Colombian Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School of Government