When Vasu was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. Since then, Vasu has not looked back; with the help of his parents, brother, friends and so many other resources and opportunities, Vasu has gained access to the confidence needed to face new challenges with grace, courage, strength, humor and unwavering determination.
Vasu witnessed extreme poverty growing up in India and has been living most of his life with a “dis”ability. He looks at these experiences as a blessing. They have allowed him to truly hone in on his ability to empathize with others and he strengthens his vigor through his work in advocacy for those who are historically marginalized. Vasu will continue to embolden others to be a positive influence in their own communities by pushing their personal limits, putting others first and encouraging people to believe in themselves and in their own unique abilities!
With the motto of “ninjasticking through the woods to bring intersectionality to the outdoors”, Vasu continues to challenge the biases that go with being a disabled person of color. He is the first adaptive athlete for The North Face, a founding member for The Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E Initiative, the co-founder of Inclusive Outdoors Project and a Disability Access strategist for The Avarna Group, In Solidarity Project and independently.
Online Panel Discussion: Diversity in Storytelling
Each and every one of us sees the world through a different lens. Our world view is often defined by our intersectional lived experiences, such as our gender, racial identities, disability, sexuality and social and economic environment. This is what shapes how we see and experience the world.
Colour the Trails is proud to announce a VIMFF panel discussion on “Diversity In Storytelling”. We want filmmakers to begin to deeply reflect on what inclusive storytelling looks like while partnering up with diverse communities in a way that is not tokenistic but rather uplifting, building trust and a network of support. While it’s important to have diverse stories and subjects, it’s also important to look at who is behind the lens.
Join Colour the Trails and leading athletes and filmmakers as they discuss how we can develop a more inclusive outdoor storytelling industry. How do we look at the world through a different lens, and tell that story in a sensitive and authentic way?