Ashley Nielsen, Education Liaison

Ashley lives with her husband and four children in Covington, Louisiana. Her 13-year-old son is on the Autism spectrum and her four-year-old daughter was born profoundly deaf and uses cochlear implants and American Sign Language.

She has advocated for them through Early Steps and the public school system for a combined 14 years. She feels strongly that inclusive education is best for children with disabilities and their peers because it allows them to learn from each other and grow relationships that are not otherwise possible.

Inclusive education is best for children with disabilities and their peers

In addition to being an inclusive education specialist with Northshore Families Helping Families, Ashley is also a member of LaCAN, a Partners in Policymaking 2017 participant and Secretary on the Board of Directors for Hands and Voices, a non-profit organization that provides mentors, support, and resources to families with deaf and hard of hearing children.


  • Favorite Food: Pretty Much Anything Someone Else Cooks!
  • Best Childhood Memory: My Grandmother’s Christmas Stockings
  • Favorite Quote: “Better to Remain Silent and be thought a Fool, than to Speak and Remove all Doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • Dog Person or Cat Person: Dogs Rule and Cats Drool!
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: A Deserted Island with my Hubs!

She is excited about helping parents in Region 9 learn how to effectively advocate for inclusive education for their children.