Ashley Volion is a native of Louisiana and currently resides in New Orleans. She has a PhD in disability studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of New Orleans. Ashley's research interests include disability and access intimacy as well as home and community-based services. She also has poetry published in the Queer Disability Anthology. Currently, Ashley is employed as a policy analyst at Disability Rights LA and is the co-founder of Ainey Volion Consulting in New Orleans. She is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are fully integrated members of society.