Ashley Wolfe

Research Liaison

Since Ashley Wolfe joined the ICI in 2008, she has gained extensive experience with doing qualitative research. As a research liaison, Ashley writes about her human research findings for peer-reviewed journals. She also works on materials for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families, and for job developers. She gets support from a job developer and a professional mentor, as well as from her supervisors. Ashley develops consent tools and interview protocols that are clear and easy to understand. She also analyzes data and helps decide on the best way to share it with different audiences. As someone with Down syndrome, Ashley is an advocate for herself and for other people with IDD. Her research at the ICI is about ways for people with IDD to succeed at school, at work, and in their communities. She has presented research findings at conferences and mentored self-advocates in Florida. Ashley works at Boston University as a peer mentor and as a professional consultant for young adults with intellectual disabilities on a youth panel. She also works with teens with IDD. Ashley was awarded the first-ever Research in Action award by The Arc in 2011. In 2014, she received the Disability Law Center’s Individual Leadership Award.