Ebenezer Ayim is a master’s student in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He was born in Ghana and received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 2013. His background and experience include years of research in mental health, intersectionality, disability, race, health inequity using community participatory and systematic review as research methodologies.
Ebenezer is a research assistant in a three-year (2019-2021) provincial project: “Towards Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing for Black Canadians in Manitoba.” Currently, Ebenezer is working on topics such as “Impact of Black Life Matter Movement for Black persons with disabilities”, “All Voices Count: Ensuring Inclusion and Polling Place Accessibility of the Disabled Community in Ghana during Voting” and “Social Determinant of Mental Health among Black Canadians with disabilities. He intends to establish “Psychological Institute for Excellence in Education and Research”, a non-profit research institute that will enhance the education and research skills for persons with disabilities in the global south.
Ebenezer believes persons with disabilities in the Black community are likely to experience intersecting layers of discrimination, racism, stigmatization, and social exclusion because of their dual identities as members of a disabled and racialized subcultures, with adverse effects on their mental health. Ebenezer hopes to see a society where such barriers that prevent Black persons with disability from achieving their mental wellness are addressed.