Ashley has learned to have a lot of patience from her disability because she has to be patient with how her body works. She doesn’t get easily frustrated with the little things in life. “Mind over matter is real” is how Ashley has been able to move past and beyond her circumstances. She knows that if you believe in yourself that you can do something, then you will find a way to do it, even if it’s a different way that most people do it.
Ashley's most proud of experiencing college life. She's proud of the fact that she’s living independently 4 hours away from her hometown in a college dorm. She’s currently a student at UNCC and working towards a Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. Ashley’s dream is to change other people’s perception of those with disabilities, advocating for accessibility, and helping others in her similar situation to be independent and live quality lives, which keeps her driven everyday.
Photographer Darius Evans