The Akoma Project
Why the name change?
Formerly named the Law Enforcement and Disabled Youth (LEADY), our preliminary research involved gaining support for the program with Howard University undergraduate students enrolled in the Spring 2021 course Decolonizing Disabilities via the Department of Political Science and instructed by Chioma Oruh, the principal investigator of the project. The students supported the work by interviewing key stakeholders in DC that both understand and are engaged in shaping law enforcement public policy. In several of the papers submitted, explaining their experiences conducting the interviews and their analyses, one clear sentiment and running theme was that the name of the project should reflect more about the subject matter: disabled youth.
Forever grateful for the input of Howard University students, we have renamed the project Akoma, which is an andinkra symbol from the Akan people of Ghana and stands for empathy, cooperation, agreement and understanding.
About the Akoma Project
An action research program aimed at capturing the stories of directly impacted Black and Brown disabled youth self-advocates and their family caregivers in the District of Columbia for identifying and analyzing trends which can be remedied via anti-racist and anti-ableist public policy that reimagines public safety.