As thought leaders, we lead knowledge creation by bridging existing data and gaps in the newly emerging area of research at the intersection of Blackness, disability, and gender. Our research enriches Canadian research and policy by identifying structural barriers and systemic solutions to eradicating anti-Black racism, ableism, and gender-based discrimination.

Using critical frameworks, and an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods, community-based participatory research approach, we analyze and identify systemic, structural, organizational, and cultural gaps and disrupt the “normative” models of disability that often negate the lived experiences of Black people with disabilities.

Our work values the intersectional lived experiences of our community and embodies the UN principle of “For us, by us” by centring Black people with disabilities not only as participants but as lead researchers, partners, and changemakers.

Current Research Projects

Your voice is critical in all our work, including the development of data collection instruments, community engagement, data analysis, knowledge mobilization, and more.

We invite you to share your expertise and champion change by becoming a research participant (honoraria provided); project partner; or joining the team as a researcher or volunteer!

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Black Youth Diverse Learners Project

A community-based research project facilitated by Black youth peer researchers, capturing the experiences and systemic barriers faced by Black youth diverse learners in Halton-Hamilton.

Using a “For us, by us” approach, this project centers the lived experiences and voices of Black youth diverse learners (age 16-30) at the intersection of Blackness, disability, age, gender, 2SLGBTQ+, and other identities. These important insights will be captured through Photovoice analysis, 1-on-1 interviews, and focus groups.

We welcome Black youth diverse learners, parents/guardians, educators, and community organizations, disability-serving organizations in Hamilton-Halton ($50 honoraria provided).

Ase Community Foundation
                                        Carleton University
                                        UNTAPPED BLACK TALENT
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Untapped Black Talent

Examining the Systemic Gaps, Structural Barriers, and Lived Experiences of Black Entrepreneurs with Disabilities.

As the first comprehensive research study of its kind in Canada, this 3-year community-based research project examines the systemic gaps, structural barriers, and the lived experiences of Black-disabled entrepreneurs and small business owners in Canada. This project is led by Black, disabled researchers in partnership with the Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub at Carleton University.

Year 1, the Ase Community is currently conducting a comprehensive literature review, leading a national environmental scan, and analyzing data and policies through the lens of Black disabled entrepreneurs.

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Disability and Reproductive Health during COVID-19

The Ase Community’s research focused on capturing the unique lived experiences of Black women & gender-diverse people accessing reproductive and sexual health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This critical community-based research project is a collaboration between the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Ase Community Foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities, SickKids Hospital, and DAWN Canada.

This Canada-wide project centers the voices of women and gender-diverse people with disabilities through 1-on-1 confidential interviews that will identify service and policy gaps to inform system-based solutions, resources, and culturally relevant approaches.

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                                        REcognizing the VAlue of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities!

Workplaces REVAMPED

The Ase Community’s research focused on capturing the unique lived experiences of Black people with episodic disabilities navigating employment and personal career advancement.

The Ase Community is a collaborator on REALIZE Canada’s Workplaces Recognizing the VAlue of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities (REVAMPED) project.

The Ase Community facilitated focus groups to capture the voices of Black people with episodic disabilities in the workplace to identify employment barriers, document success strategies and coping mechanisms, and build the capacity and knowledge of employers.

Published Research