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La’Rina Carolina

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2019

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La’Rina Carolina

La’Rina Carolina is a webshow host and advocate for the Deaf community. La’Rina was born hearing in Los Angeles, California. When she was two months old, she became sick with a fever of 104, causing her to become Deaf. American Sign Language is her first language. 

La’Rina graduated from Antelope Valley College, with her Associate of Arts degree in computer graphics, and from Devry University College with her Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Design and Development. La’Rina has a great love and passion in graphic designing.

La’Rina currently is freelancing and her goal is to work for a TV network in digital advertising. She has her own photography business and a web show, the RiRI show, which she uses to advocate for the Deaf community about our life experience and Deaf culture. 

She wants to empower Deaf children’s hearing parents to learn sign language so they can communicate with their deaf children. La’Rina’s goal is to make sure that Deaf children are happy, and live in a home where there is communication in American Sign Language so they will never have to feel alone. 


After an extensive search and interview process, 22 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2019 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, nine-session innovative summer lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, takes place June 18 – July 18, 2019. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more:

This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by: Comcast NBCUniversalJonathan Murray and The Walt Disney Company.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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