Ashley Cwikla

Ayer, MA

Winner of Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

Ashley Cwikla

Ashley is legally blind and pursuing her Doctorate in Education Leadership in Student Personnel Services at the University of the Cumberlands, holding honors distinction with a high grade point average. She is currently employed as an Adaptive Technology Coordinator at Harvard University, and is focused on studying how disability impacts college graduate rates and developing a universal design model for accessibility. Advocating for others with visual impairments has become second nature for Ashley. “I do not perceive my blindness as a hindrance in any capacity,” she says. “Any challenge can be overcome with the right attitude and mindset, in conjunction with appropriate assistive technological and non-technological tools.”

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