ABILITIES ZONE WITH PAUL AMADEUS LANE
Paul Amadeus Lane
Accessibility Consultant | TV & Radio Personality | Brand Ambassador | Keynote Speaker
Over 20 years ago, after being involved in a multi car collision that left him a C-6 Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair, Paul's life was nowhere near where it is today. In fact, there was a time when he and his doctors believed that he only had 72 hours left in his life. Paul ended up spending 8 months in a hospital recovering. Undeterred and inspired to live his dreams, Paul attended the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in 2006. He went on to graduate from the school with honors.
In 2007, he landed his first paid radio gig at CBS Radio KFWB-AM as a News Production Assistant. while working at CBS he landed an additional radio job in which Paul earned the title of Bureau Chief for NBC News Radio, KCAA 1050-AM, in Southern California's Inland Empire. He also served as a Host for their weekday morning show until 2014. By 2015, he became the Bureau Chief of ABC News Radio, KMET 1490-AM. Here, he hosted the morning show.
Paul has long been a self-proclaimed nerd and techie. When January of 2016 came around, he decided to use his love for all things nerdy on his new show, TECH ZONE. He discusses technology and how it has changed everyday life, gaming, entertainment, sports, health and education. At comic-con 2018 in San Diego, he debuted his new show, Entertainment Zone.
As an Accessibility Consultant Paul uses his unique experience as a former able-bodied consumer and now a disabled consumer. This helps him to see the challenges from both angles. Paul has worked with video game developers and game console manufactures in helping them make gaming inclusive for all. He has also worked with different consumer technology companies assisting them in areas where the disabled community can use their products more fully.
In May 2018 Paul was invited to speak at Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation) in San Mateo California for global accessibility awareness day to give a TED TALK. He shared his story about his injury, overcoming obstacles, career, advocacy, mentoring and love of gaming. A career highlight for Paul was being asked to moderate the first-ever "ACCESSIBILITY IN GAMES" panel at E3 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Outside of his work on TV and Radio, Paul has served on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation's, Inland Empire Chapter.
Paul is also a Brand Ambassador for Abilities Expo since 2014 and Host of the Abilities Zone. In June of 2015, he was given the privilege of being the Keynote Speaker for the United States Equal Opportunity Commission's annual training. He served as a Moderator at the Black Enterprise TechConnext Summit in 2016.
For more on Paul, visit Paulamadeuslane.com.