National Leadership Program, Summer 2021
Kiah Amara (they/she) was an Entertainment Media Apprentice with RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
Based in NYC, Amara 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.
Amara’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.
In 2018, Amara founded IndieVISIBLE Entertainment, a production company and artist collective supporting and telling representational stories from Disabled and other marginalized communities. IndieVISIBLE films have been seen at festivals across the country including a Best Film win for its first short, The Identity Pas de Deux, an experimental dance film about the experience of gender identity, at the 2020 LA Feedback Festival. Through IndieVISIBLE, Amara works as an educator, public speaker, and consultant, advocating the need for authenticity and diversity in the media industry, making films and websites and social media more accessible, and providing resources for marginalized independent artists and production groups. Especially focused on intersectional Disabled Queer TGNC stories, they continue to push for Production Access Coordinators to be included on all productions and support any creative looking to uplift unheard voices. Amara is a member of RespectAbility’s National Speaker’s Bureau and a Dance/NYC Disability and Social Justice 2020 Fellow.
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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.
ALL APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- PUBLIC POLICY/EMPLOYMENT
- ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MEDIA
- NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
- CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/COALITION BUILDING
- JEWISH INCLUSION
- APPRENTICESHIP FOR BLIND AND LOW-VISION LEADERS