Tatiana Lee is an award-winning actress, model, speaker, and Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility, an organization dedicated to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
Growing up as a woman of color with Spina Bifida in Coatesville, PA, Tatiana felt invisible to the rest of society because she didn’t see anyone that looked like her in popular media. Naturally, to pursue her passions (most specifically the flare for performance she seems to have been born with!), Tatiana moved to Los Angeles, where she soon realized that, as if ‘the industry’ wasn’t hard enough to break in to, she was often physically unable to enter auditions. Wheelchair accessibility was (and still is) a significant barrier to entry.
Not only because 1 in 5 Americans have a disability, but because she does, and her experience matters, Tatiana committed to activism work to increase accessibility and representation in Hollywood. That’s how AccessibleHollywood.com was born, with an aim to make Hollywood more accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities.
On her journey, Tatiana has learned to harness the power of social media to speak boldly about accessibility and inclusion in mass media.
In 2018, Tatiana received the Reeves Acting Scholarship from The Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation, which she accepted at the Media Access Awards, for her advocacy in fashion, tech, and entertainment. She has appeared in several short films, including the 2018 Disability Film Challenge Best Awareness Film “Footloose” and “Coffee with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.” She also has appeared in modeling campaigns such as #PerfectFigure for Parfait Lingerie. She was in one of Apple’s first ad campaigns featuring people with disabilities using Apple’s accessible features and products.
Tatiana has spoken on behalf of SAG-AFTRA, LA Film Festival, & Apple Inc. about what real inclusion means for the largest marginalized community in the county, and one that anyone can join at any point in life. She helps people understand the mental impact of not being represented, and what we can do to realize it and pressure those in power to do something about it.