Ashley Schmidt

After finishing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Ashley relocated to the west coast where she completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. After graduating, Ashley worked at the Neil Squire Society, an organization aimed at using technology, knowledge, and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities. In this role Ashley facilitated the return to work process with the use of ergonomic tools, workplace modifications, and assistive technology. Ashley also had the opportunity to collaborate with Makers Making Change to consult on designs for 3D printed assistive devices for people with disabilities. These devices are available to all through an open source library. Ashley currently works closely with government organizations and third party insurance providers to make recommendations regarding accessible home environments and vehicle modifications for clients who are severely injured and unable to return to work. She uses her background in assistive technology constantly, whether that be to help clients in their return to work goals, creating accessible spaces, or assisting colleagues with their daily computer related questions.

Ashley has experience as a moderator in the Continuing Studies Department with the University of British Columbia, is a Clinical Faculty member with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and a member of good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.