Meet Ashley Harris Whaley, M.S., CCC-SLP. Ashley is the visionary and creator behind Disability Reframed. The idea that became Disability Reframed was born out of a growing discomfort with ableist overtones within the world of allied health and health science academia, combined with a lifelong passion for educating peers and colleagues on the lived disabled experience. Ashley is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with interests and experience in the areas of early language development, speech sound disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and neonatal feeding.
While her professional experience sits firmly within the realm of speech-language pathology, Ashley’s lifelong lived experience as a physically disabled person with cerebral palsy informs all work that she does. She combines skilled technical writing with a flair for narrative and storytelling that allows for open dialogue and honest conversation surrounding ableism, disability, activism, and the paramount importance of amplifying disabled voices. Ashley hopes that through open dialogue, thoughtful education, and honest conversation Disability Reframed will serve as an ever-evolving lens through which we can reexamine the way American society views disabled lives and the experiences they carry.
Ashley was born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in the wilds of southern Appalachia in Western North Carolina. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and a big fluffy black cat. In her free time she dabbles in yoga, interior design, and buying too many pairs of shoes that she can’t actually walk in. Connect with her via the icons below.