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Dennis Tran, Entertainment and News Media Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Spring 2022

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Dennis Tran

Dennis Tran is an Entertainment and News Media Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for the Spring of 2022. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Tran is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) advocate and storyteller with a ranged skillset in emerging new media, communication, technology, and innovation for social change. A graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a Public Health Policy degree, Tran’s diverse background spans a variety of sectors, including digital media, entertainment, technology, and philanthropy.

Tran has a specific interest in building networks and opportunities to uplift AAPI organizations and youth. With his wealth of information and resources on the intersections of AAPI, entertainment, and disability, Tran currently serves as the Directory and Partnerships Manager at The Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative (AADI) and was a participant in the WarnerMedia Access Early Career Bootcamp with RespectAbility. Tran is also the host of the Asian Lifing Podcast, which focuses on Asian American experiences with mental health, personal development, acceptance, and growth. On the podcast, Tran also shares his personal journey about navigating life as a disabled Asian American through interviews with the community and his friends.

As an autistic Vietnamese American with partial blindness from glaucoma, Tran tackles intergenerational trauma as he finds his sense of identities. Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, Tran has a love-hate relationship with the city. While Los Angeles represents his ties and connection to his family, he now recognizes the injustice, inequality, and inaccessibility in this environment. He experienced limited resources in access to care, transportation, and education that affected his quality of life. This lack of access led to Tran’s late diagnoses – at the age of 17, he was diagnosed with glaucoma and then autism 10 years later. Through these struggles and hardships, Tran found his passion for creativity and storytelling. Tran believes everyone has a story to tell, and through these stories, we can all identify with each other!


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.



Meet the Author

Dennis Tran

Dennis Tran is a partially blind autistic quality professional and socialpreneur, living with glaucoma and family mental health traumas. He is a strong advocate and supporter for fair representation of Asian Americans in media, film, the arts, and the creative fields.

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