Lara Ameen is a screenwriter, genre fiction writer, disability activist and PhD student in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies at Chapman University. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Film Studies with a minor in Disability Studies.. While doing her undergraduate studies, she interned for the World Institute on Disability and was a peer mentor for the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley. She has given presentations, lectures and spoken on panels about disability representation in the media at American University, Chapman University, CalArts, CSUN and UCLA. Her scripts have placed in Screencraft’s Bahamas Screenwriters Residency Program, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition and Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. She acted in and executive produced the short film “She Inspires” for the 2015 48-Hour Disability Film Challenge. When she’s not writing TV drama pilots or short film scripts, she writes paranormal fantasy novellas about queer disabled characters who save the world and is currently working on her first novel.
She was inspired to start this blog after meeting her friend Lexi at CommuniCon 2 in October 2013. Her intentions since then have been to use this blog to explore how disability studies has influenced the television, film and online fandom media landscape she takes part in. Many of these posts will stem from personal experience, but some posts may also cover the academic facets of disability studies.
She also has a page titled ‘Writing Projects’ which may be updated periodically and details her past, current and future writing-related endeavors.