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Kiah Amara

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

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Kiah Amara

Based in NYC, Kiah (they/she) is a filmmaker, consultant, educator, producer, Production Accessibility Coordinator, and media industry activist Their work focuses on identity, fluidity, commonality, misconception, and all things “deviant from normal” – stories from the Disability, LGBTQ+, and Underrepresented Gender Communities as well as Accessibility as a production need for all. As a person with Peripheral Neuropathic UCTD, they have a unique ability to connect to Disability intersections from Spoonie/Chronic Illness and Neurodiversity to Mobility, Vision, and Non-Verbal Communication.

Kiah’s background in disability art and education working with nonprofits like Penguin Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre, New York City Children’s Theatre, Co/Lab, Actionplay, and others, impacts the scope of their work ensuring inclusive learning is an integral part of every space they create or step into. Her education and outreach work presents research backed data that prioritizes intersectionality and flexibility as a tool to promote initiatives that uplift community wellness while creating a higher quality and more inclusive product. Their consulting experience includes indie features, shorts, web series, and commercial projects, accessible deliverables like captions and audio description, production access, websites, and social media via RespectAbility and their production company IndieVISIBLE Entertainment. Kiah has spoken at The Met, MoMA, S&P Global, ReelAbilities NY, and many more.

They continue to push for Production Access Coordinators to be included on all productions irrespective of Disability involvement and advocate the need for authenticity and diversity in the media industry. Kiah is a member of RespectAbility’s National Speaker’s Bureau, a 2021 RespectAbility Entertainment Media Fellow, and a 2020 Dance/NYC Disability and Social Justice Fellow.

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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