By making films, new media, and building technology, AXS Lab broadens the definition of accessibility, creating tools to raise awareness and advocate for real inclusion globally.
Over the past ten years, we’ve created award winning films and tools to invigorate and expand the conversation on accessibility around the globe.
We imagine a fully-inclusive world that is 100% accessible. Join the movement today!
Founder and Filmmaker
Jason is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and spokesperson for the disability community, and founder of the non-profit AXS Lab. He has completed 4 short films and two feature films. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005 and began 7 year journey of making When I Walk. Jason has an MFA in Media from Emily Carr University. Jason continues to give voice to those on the periphery of society through his work.
Board member and Filmmaker
Karin is a duPont-Columbia University award winning filmmaker. She has produced/directed four feature films, and has worked on numerous other productions including Jason DaSilva’s Emmy award winning film “When I Walk.” Karin has filmed for various mapathons and is currently producing a film about spinal muscular atrophy called “Magnificent Burden.”
Project Manager for AXS Map and Editor
He is the Production Manager for AXS Map (axsmap.com), a crowd-sourced tool for rating and reviewing accessible places. He works with Jason and with outsourced developers to perform the strategy and programing necessary for this massive project. He has presented AXS Map at the United Nations, at Media Impact Forum, and at Google. Ivan has worked with Jason as a cinematographer and editor on several of his projects, including When I Walk (wheniwalk.com), which received 2015 Emmy award.
Brendan has extensive experience in sales, management and business development in the field of merchant services and is currently studying for his master’s degree in sustainability with a specific focus on aspects of urban accessibility. Brendan’s role on the board is bolstered by his business acumen and interest in understanding and progressing accessibility rights and issues. As global cities evolve alongside technology, Brendan is instrumental in his perspective to advance the position of accessibility as a coupled aspect of urban sustainability as a whole.
Board member and Advisor
Columbia Journalism school; lifetime Writers Guild; Screenwriter for Altman, Gillian Armstrong & paul Verhoeven -- & my "Pretend" credits: Lincoln center premiere, 2003, called "dazzling" a. o. Scott New York Times. Praised in Voice, Daily Variety, Ny daily news Etc Etc. Opening film, Images Film festival, 2005. Then 60 Cameras Against the War - premiered @ Whitney Museum. Bennington college guest professor along with guest stints at Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UCLA, New School for Social Research, Sorbonne, Pratt, CUNY, Pace. Publications: village voice, American film, Salon, Channels contributing editor.
AXS Map Embassador in South America
Alberto del Moral is AXS Lab’s multilingual interpreter, who brings to our team a deep passion for foreign languages and cultures. He’s also a powerful advocate for human rights and people with disabilities. Physically disabled by multiple sclerosis, he’s a courageous fighter who’s fully committed to helping create a more inclusive world for everyone. Born in Mexico City, he migrated to the United States at age 19, where he was a big influence in the fashion industry, advertising and hospitality. He’s also a well sought after authority on art, films, documentaries, and travel. Today, he calls New York City home, after living many years in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Tucker Salovaara is a recent graduate. He received his B.Tech in Emerging Media Technologies with a concentration in Media Design. He is a member of the MTA’s Access-A-Ride Committee, in which he works towards making the current system more efficient and reliable. Also, he works for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. He is a video editor and proficient web designer. He maintains and evaluates the UX/UI in order to allow for easier access for those using this service. Tucker is pursuing Master’s Degree in Disability Studies so that he could continue to improve the lives of the disabled community.
Dan DaSilva is currently working in the fast-paced world of Digital Marketing and is dedicated to help make an impact on accessibility through the lens of technology and the internet. Dan is originally from Vancouver, Canada and followed his dream of making it in New York. Having come from a non-profit background of 8 years which included a consultancy at the UN, he acquires a unique blend of multi-faceted experience in both human rights and the digital world. When he isn’t glued to his computer screen, you can find Dan traveling the world, partaking in outdoor activities, and constantly seeking out new restaurants and bars in NYC.
Director of Partnerships
Leigh has extensive experience in film, mobile, and digital media. With an MBA from the University of South Dakota, he also runs the production company In Face Films. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies helping expand their digital strategy, utilizing mobile applications and film to foster brand engagement. He worked on the AXS Lab project When I Walk, where he won an Emmy as a Producer alongside Jason DaSilva.
Get In Touch!
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times about When I Walk
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice about When I Walk
Vignesh Ramachandran, Mashable about AXS Map
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