Hi! My name is Ashley. I am an aspiring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.

At birth,  I was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. Because of my disability, I attended countless speech, physical and occupational therapy sessions. Despite having a disability, I remained confident that one day I would help children, adolescents, their families, and the community.

I began the realization of this life goal by first earning my greatest achievements. I earned an Associates degree in General Studies at Montgomery College (MC) in Maryland, moving on to earn my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), then enrolling at Trinity Washington University to earn a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

I hope to earn a DEI Certificate in the next few years to help me reach my goal of becoming a DEI Officer. My disability played a significant role in my life. However, I did not always display self-confidence. Growing up, I did not have many friends, and I was often bullied because of my speech and physical features.  But overcoming the challenges and developing confidence is vital and admirable to others with disabilities.

Some advice I would give a person with cerebral palsy is to be empowered. We have voices that can reshape the world.

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