AXS Lab makes films, new media, and builds technology as tools to raise awareness and advocate for people with disabilities globally.
We have created award winning films and tools to invigorate and expand the conversation on disability around the globe.
We imagine the world without barriers, that is 100% accessible, with full inclusion. 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.
Giorge Leedy is an American artist, writer and social activist who calls the Bronx home. He first moved to New York City in 1981 at the age of 18, but was too terrified to stay any longer than an hour. The sweet innocence of being from the Midwest, along with his relentless courage and determination to succeed in the Big Apple, is reflective in all he does.
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.
Ellen Croteau has been working as a AXS Lab in several aspects since 2015. She works with Jason DaSilva and grant making team to apply to federal, state, and foundation funding. Ellen has traveled to work with the AXS Map developers to Paraguay in earlier 2016. She has strong marketing presence with a thriving Etsy e-store, skills that she is bringing to the AXS Lab for its ongoing AXS Map e-store.
Monnelle Brit is an American filmmaker who has been working with Jason DaSilva and AXS Lab since 2015. Her current work is marketing/social media on AXS Map is making a huge impact on the world of accessibility. She first became passionate about filmmaking while shooting short films in middle school. From that moment on, she knew that she wanted to work in film and contribute to the conversations of her time. She graduated Full Sail University in 2014. As a filmmaker, she’s dedicated to creating meaningful work, which creates a huge impact on the world at large.
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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