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Professions: Low-Vision Audio Description and Disability Rights Advocate

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Alex Howard

Growing up in Los Angeles, Alex Howard visited various famous filming locations like the LA River in Northridge, where Arnold Schwarzenegger rode his motorcycle in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. That trip was a defining moment in his childhood, sparking his fascination with movies and the mind-bending stories they can tell. While interning, Howard fell in love with the development process. He believes the core of every good piece of entertainment is a solid, compelling and interesting story.

Howard has had several internships, including at KTTV, Atmosphere Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures where he worked for producer Mike Medavoy. He was a temp for Warner Brothers on long-term assignment at DC Comics and a part-time film critic intern for mxdwn.com. He was invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals and subsequently was a RespectAbility Fellow in 2021.

Growing up, Howard had a number of undiagnosed physical conditions that often left him feeling alone and a little different from his friends. He found some comfort in watching movies and television as a way to connect with others and reveal worlds full of inspiration. In 2019, Howard was diagnosed as one of only 17 people in the world with a rare mitochondrial disorder called MePAN. One of the most significant symptoms of MePan is limited vision. Howard is proactive in finding ways to use technology to overcome his disabilities. He is a passionate advocate of audio description for all media, everywhere, because audio description makes movies and TV shows more accessible for people like him. Howard’s ultimate goal is to help those with any kind of disability enjoy films and television so that, hopefully, more people will be able to connect and share a love for entertainment.

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Education

  • California State University (Northridge), B.A., Cinema and Television (2015)

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