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Pop Culture & Policy – Why Visibility of Disability Matters

Lisa Cox is an internationally awarded thought leader and inclusive communications consultant who is working with business and industry to challenge and change the way disability is represented in mainstream popular culture, like advertising, media, marketing and more. By combining her professional background in these areas with lived-experience of disability, Lisa will explore why visibility of disability is a key component that needs to be more seriously addressed if we truly want to move the needle and create meaningful, systemic change in public perceptions and disability employment metrics.


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Lisa Cox

Inclusive Communications Professional

By combining her professional background and lived experience, Lisa Cox brings a unique perspective, professional expertise and personal experience to each custom-curated presentation she delivers.

Medically speaking, Lisa died multiple times, but the internationally acclaimed TEDx speaker, author and media professional is living proof that you can be faced with some of the most challenging personal and
professional obstacles and still go on to thrive and lead a life you love.

Lisa was a successful copywriter, with two university degrees, working with a host of corporate clients when life took an unexpected turn in 2005. After spending over a year in hospital and undergoing countless operations, including multiple amputations, Lisa taught herself how to type again (minus nine fingertips and part of her eyesight). As they say, once a writer, always a writer!

Today, Lisa’s work is published in national and international publications and she consults to business, industry, government and others who want to know more about how to best include disability in their
content and practices but aren’t sure where to start.

As an advertising industry insider, Lisa has the ability to wear ‘two hats’ simultaneously. That of the passionate disability advocate and that of the agency creative or business strategist with an eye on the

Having spent the first part of her life without disabilities, Lisa understands how it can feel when you want to say the right thing but don’t want to offend or fear getting it wrong. Having this empathetic connection
with her audience has helped to lessen the discomfort in conversations about DEI. Lisa helps her audience to navigate the nuances of disability inclusion without shame and with practical solutions.