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Ashley B. Jacobson frequently writes on disability issues. This article, published on The Mighty, details the specific dangers those with disabilities face with the police, and provides detailed strategies for preparing and preventing those dangers. Available to read by clicking here.
[Image description (Alt text also provided in the image): a screenshot of the article, bordered in red and teal, titled “Protecting People with Disabilities from Police Brutality.”]
Ashley is a frequent guest on radio shows and podcasts. This image is a poster used to promote her interview with Claiming Disability Inc. discussing disability, inclusion, and the law! This radio show is available wherever you find your podcasts on the “You Belong Here” show by Claiming Disability Inc.
[Image description (Alt Text also provided in the image) a poster with images of 3 white disabled women, the hosts of Claiming Disability Inc.’s “You Belong Here” podcast and Ashley, the host of the Legally Abled Podcast. The event was titled, “Claiming Disability Inc. and Ashley Jacobson Talk disability, inclusion, and the law! This event happened 4/30/2020]
Using her background to help others when the pandemic hit, Ashley wrote an article titled, “How to Help People with Memory Loss Stay Safe From the Coronavirus,” published on The Mighty. Knowing how those with brain injury, stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s would be at risk to miss vital life-saving daily skills, Ashley provides methods for staying safe and adapts pandemic necessities–hand washing, for instance–to those with memory loss. Full article is available to read here.
[Image description (alt text provided in image): a screenshot from TheMighty.com article written by Ashley Jacobson titled, “How to Help People with Memory Loss Stay Safe from the Coronavirus.” This article was published in March 2020. There is an image of a n older woman washing her hands above the title.]
Ashley frequently provides seminars on disability and policing, in addition to serving legal clients in this area. She has provided trainings to prosecutors, police, and those with disabilities on the best ways to identify bias in policing and adapting policing and legal processes to counter that bias. This image is of Ashley holding up here hand with text on either side, showing that the same behaviors police assume are guilty are also the completely common symptoms of many disabilities. This image circulated widely online.
[Image description (alt text provided in image): Ashley is a white woman with long blonde hair with her hand held vertically in the center of the image. On one side there is a list that is titled, “Police think is ‘guilty behavior'” which lists “no eye contact, rocking back and forth, repetitive speech, monotone speech, silence, flat affect, mood fluctuations, memory loss.” The other side is titled, “Symptoms of MANY disabilities” and lists the same behaviors as the other column. This is to show how police often misinterpret disability symptoms as signs of guilty behavior.]
Ashley was interviewed by Hollywood Producer Christopher Ewing, who survived a stroke and created the Life After Stroke Show on The Stroke Channel. Ashley discussed the common legal issues faced by people with disabilities and explained this far exceeds disability benefits. Ashley also discussed difficulties with disability in policing, disability inclusion, and the specific legal issues for stroke survivors.
[Image description (alt text provided in image): Ashley is sitting at a table with the Life After Stroke and The Stroke Channel TV banners behind her, and to the left is Christopher Ewing. They both have microphones and are wearing headphones as Christopher Ewing interviews Ashley. This interview is available wherever you find your podcasts, on the show Life After Stroke.]
Ashley also speaks and consults on education and criminal justice issues. This is a unique intersection that is too often ignored by our education system. This is an image that circulated widely online that highlights that students with learning disabilities are more likely to be suspended, adjudicated delinquent, and held in detention centers than nondisabled students. This is not because students with learning disabilities deserve such treatment, but rather highlights the bias in education and the lack of resources general education and special education teachers have to implement widespread teaching that removes disability and racial bias.
[Image description (alt text provided in image): Ashley is a white woman with blonde hair who is looking at the camera with the text, “Did you know? A study found that ‘youthful offenders with learning disabilities, when compared with nondisabled youthful offenders, were more likely to be suspended from school, were adjudicated delinquent at younger ages, and were more frequently held in detention centers.'”]