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08/21/2023 “Disability Influencers and Advocates Part 3” By Kaylee McGrath

Featuring: Chrissy Marshall – Born September 23, 2000

Opening Statement:

Learning more about Chrissy Marshall was definitely an eyeopener for me. She produces fantastic YouTube and TikTok videos and I love the fact that she adds comedy to her work. Beyond her work as a filmmaker, Chrissy is a determined advocate for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children, dedicated to promoting the importance of implementing accessibility and signed languages. She is originally from Maryland and presently lives in Los Angeles. Chrissy has three older sisters in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), a bunny, and a working service dog. She volunteers actively in her community, participating in various drives, teaching sign language to children, and supporting the LA animal shelter.

More About Chrissy

· She is a deaf creator and advocate who shares comedic and informative content about being a deaf woman on the internet. Her content includes current trends in American Sign Language (ASL), discussions of ableism, and light-hearted commentary on issues facing the Deaf community. She's also advocated for improved accessibility on TikTok, including integrated services like automatic captioning.

· Chrissy Marshall is a writer and director based in Los Angeles whose work is characterized by her unwavering commitment to community, innovation, and adaptation. A distinguished alumna of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Chrissy is renowned for her creative vision and tenacity in championing the authentic and equitable portrayal of diverse experiences.

· Her independent projects include several ASL-signed music videos and a dance short on the subject of “Inspiration Porn,” a phenomenon that has long plagued the disability community. Chrissy’s award-winning short films, such as “I.L.Y.,” are celebrated for their powerful awareness campaigns that showcase disabled talent both in front of and behind the camera. Her most recent film, “Hardly What You Want to Hear,” which she wrote and directed, is a gripping sci-fi/Thriller drama about a newly engaged hard-of-hearing woman whose hearing aid gets HACKED. The film has gathered attention, earning a place in the annual IndieX and Film Independent festival lineup.

· Chrissy is an artist with a keen eye for detail and a passion for exploring the darker side of feminine energy, abstract plot structures, and unconventional settings. She desires to share untold and profoundly moving stories with creative conflicts that provoke thought and inspire change.

· As a Disabled Queer woman, Chrissy’s experiences and unique perspective on the world have shaped her storytelling ability. Raised in a hearing family that did not use sign language, Chrissy’s perceptive gaze has become invaluable in crafting her language and understanding of the world. Fluent in English and American Sign Language, she aims to develop socially conscious material for underrepresented voices while advocating for equity in the entertainment industry. Her work continues to earn recognition for her creative talents, passionate social activism, and dedication to educating people about accessibility and American Sign Language.

Closing Statement:

My amazement about Chrissy is her motivation and dedication to utilize social media to reach millions of people and educate them about the deaf community, American Sign Language, as well as provide everyone with resources, and a place to accommodate learning and growing with each other. Accessibility is at the center of everything Chrissy does, and her visual storytelling. Growing up, she was obsessed with computers and technology, especially the fact that they let her create her own films and recordings is truly an inspiration and hope for all within the disabled community.

Source of Information: Various Google Searches

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!

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