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Krista Ramirez-Villatoro

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

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Krista Ramirez-Villatoro

Krista Ramirez-Villatoro is an Entertainment Media Fellow with RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021.

After becoming paralyzed in 2005 from a spinal lymphoma, Villatoro found her love of art as she struggled to transition to her new life. Taking photographs and videos became the perfect medium for self-expression. Villatoro went on to take every video production class offered in school and eventually received her B.A in Cinema and Media Arts from Biola University in Southern California. This is where her love of cameras translated into a passion for film and story. Since then, her work has focused on the real life narratives of underrepresented minorities ranging from undocumented migrants to individuals with disabilities. As a Latina with a disability, Villatoro very quickly came to understand her role in fighting for on-screen representation that is accessible and intersectional. Her current portfolio includes documentary short films, virtual reality projects as well as installation pieces. She has also taken on the role of producer on multiple short film projects such as SATISFACTION directed by J. Creasman. Villatoro’s goal is to become a director of photography on projects that highlight the experiences of those with physical disabilities.

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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