Baton Rouge, LA: The Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana competition was held on December 1, 2018 at Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The daylong competition culminated with the Crowning Ceremony, where Ashley Volion was crowned the 2019 Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana. Ashley was chosen because of her strong knowledge of advocacy and her advocacy efforts for individuals with disabilities. Her platform, “Home and Community Based Services” was shared during the crowning ceremony.
Ashley is a native of Louisiana and currently resides in New Orleans. She has a bachelor and masters degree in sociology from the University of New Orleans. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in disabilities studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ashley is employed as a policy assistant at The Advocacy Center in New Orleans and as a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are fully integrated members of society.
As Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, Ashley will travel the state and use her title through various opportunities to share her platform and show her passion for providing education and advocacy for all individuals with disabilities. Ashley is available to make group appearances around the state at group and organization meetings. She will provide an avenue for people in wheelchairs to advocate for themselves and help enhance attitudinal awareness about individuals with disabilities. With her title, Ashley will work to increase public awareness of the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. Next summer, Ashley will represent Louisiana at the national Ms. Wheelchair America competition.
The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana/Louisiana Chapter of The United Spinal Association (BIALA) presented the Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana competition in their efforts to provide education and advocate for all individuals with disabilities.