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Meet the Fellows of the 2022 Children’s Content Lab for Disabled TV Creators

After an extensive search and interview process, 15 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s inaugural cohort of the Children’s Content Lab. This new Lab provides education and training for disabled writers, animators, and creative executives interested in preschool and children’s television and streaming content. Supported by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, the Children’s Content Lab spans five weeks and includes in-person programming in New York City with production partners 9 Story Media Group and Silvergate Media, a part of Sony Pictures Television.

Programmatic Team

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Isabella Vargas

Entertainment Media and Lab Apprentice

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Jacquill Moss

Entertainment Media Program Coordinator

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Lauren Appelbaum

SVP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media and Lab Founder

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Lesley Hennen

Entertainment and News Media Associate

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Vanni Le

Entertainment Outreach Program Manager

Lab Fellows

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Adam Hurd

Writing (TV)

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Asha Chai-Chang

Writing (TV)

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Cassie Palmisano


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Charlie Frazier

Writing (TV)

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Deirdre Morales

Writing (TV)

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Kimberly Manky

Writing (TV)

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Maddy Mermelstein


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Mars Gorman

Writing (TV)

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Matt Opatrny

Writing (TV)

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Miranda Hoyt

Writing (TV)

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Myles Hunt

Writing (TV)

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Nina Fiore


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Shannon Ryan


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Ty Freedman

Writing (TV)

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Tyler Hoog

Writing (TV)

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