About Me

I lost my right hand at age 12, but never let that stop me from pursuing ambitions in life, especially my love of cars.

I’ve been building cars since 16 and am self-taught. I’m a pretty determined guy, and capable of doing almost anything despite the loss of my hand. If I run into issues because of it – I fabricate a tool, strap something to my arm… whatever it takes to make it work!


Over the past few years, I’ve been building a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo for track duty (road racing), the majority of which was filmed for a documentary entitled Despite The Loss. But first, a little background.

I was a drag racer for most of my life, campaigning a self-built 10 sec. Mustang in the 90’s, as well as many other cars over the years. As I got older, I got the itch for road racing to really test my driving skills and push the limits of my “disability.” Out of this came the idea for the film.

I’ve been a documentary editor by trade for over a decade, working on projects for ESPN, PBS, and several NY Emmy nominated television series.

In the beginning, I would have never thought of making a film like this, as I don’t like to consider myself “disabled” in any way. But when people would hear about me building cars in my garage on the weekends they would always say, “That would make a great documentary!”

So the project began as an idea to make a film about following your dreams despite limitations. That anything is possible when you put your mind to it. That amputees don’t see the world through, or buy into, a disabled label. But it didn’t quite work out that way.

What I ended up making was a raw, unflinching, personal documentary about what it’s like to live and love, with a limb difference. The journey would turn my life upside down. But I emerged a better man, more comfortable with who I am, and how the world may or may not perceive me. More importantly, how I perceive myself.

The story is told via verite and archival footage, interviews with the people who know me best, and profiles from a diverse group of amputees, each living and loving in their own unique way. I share my journey in the hopes that by documenting my personal struggles Despite The Loss helps spark a conversation about the way we look at limb difference and disability in society, all while highlighting what the bumpy road to self acceptance looks like.

Despite The Loss has been a passion project of mine for eight years, and I’m proud to finally share it with the world. As of 2019, the film is complete, and available via Amazon Prime Video in the US UK!

So please follow along at despitetheloss.com and enjoy the ride!

Jason Schneider

  1. jimsgarage says:

    Yep, do it Jason. We all have dissabilities or handicaps. Some more than others. Maybe it is just our own fears, or lack of faith in ourselves, but it is there in some form or other. We can let it limit us or we can use it as a lever to get us where we would like to be.



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