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Alex Howard

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

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Alex Howard

Alex Howard is an Entertainment professional, born and raised in Los Angeles. Howard was diagnosed as one of only 19 people in the world with a rare mitochondrial disorder called MePan. One of the most significant symptoms of MePan is limited vision. Howard is proactive in finding ways to use technology to overcome his disabilities and is a passionate advocate of audio description for all media, everywhere. He recently spoke on a panel with Sundance titled “Bridging the Gap” – Ensuring Media Accessibility Through Audio Description. In June 2020, Howard was invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer Lab Program for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities where he honed his skills in writing and development. As an Entertainment & News Media fellow with RespectAbility, Alex has consulted professionally on a number of different projects for film and TV, focusing on storylines involving characters who are Blind/Low Vision.

Growing up, Alex visited various filming locations like the LA River in Northridge, where Arnold Schwarzenegger rode his motorcycle in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. That trip was a defining moment in his childhood, sparking his fascination with movies and the mind-bending stories they can tell. Howard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television from California State University, Northridge in 2015. He has had several internships, including KTTV, Atmosphere Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures where he worked for producer Mike Medavoy. While interning, Howard fell in love with the development process. He believes the core of every good piece of entertainment is a solid, compelling and interesting story. Howard also worked as a temp for Warner Brothers on a long-term assignment at DC Comics and a part-time film critic intern for mxdwn.com. Howard’s ultimate goal is to help those with any kind of disability enjoy films and television so that, hopefully, more people will be able to connect and share a love for entertainment.

About RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

Comprised of diverse people with disabilities, RespectAbility’s entertainment media consultants partner with studios, production companies, writers’ rooms and news organizations to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. Learn more about the team.

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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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