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AXS Lab is a new nonprofit that’s building a network of organizations and people to supercharge the movement for inclusion of people with disabilities. We aim to engage audiences to playfully explore the disability experience using new media, films, and the power of story. By exploring alternate realities of perception and experience, we believe the world becomes a more compassionate, inclusive and enriching place.
Vancouver filmmaker Jason DaSilva made his first film at the age of 20. Just two years later, his second short film played at the Sundance Film Festival and qualified for an Oscar nomination. Four years after that, Jason was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, at the age of 26. First Steps is a short personal diary on film, documenting how Jason's world has changed over the first four years of this neurological disorder. His determination to learn about this neurological disorder and continue his career as a talented filmmaker and artist is inspiring. Awards and Accolades: Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2009); Screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2009)