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Rob Ashe
Rob Ashe is an award winning editor and title designer best known for his time working for Conan O'Brien from the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, The Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television Tour, to his show Conan on TBS for which he was nominated for a 2013 Primetime Emmy award for multi-camera editing for a comedy series.

Recent television credits include: CONAN, The MTV Movie Awards, The Pete Holmes Show, and The Weekly Awards with Jimmy Pardo.

Entries by Rob Ashe

Meet Scarman

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Five years ago, my daughter was born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis as well as additional cognitive delays. My wife quickly gravitated towards the Internet support community to learn as much as she could, while I was feeling stuck asking myself the larger questions about my daughter's path in life. Right after her first birthday, we found ourselves attending a national support conference for Arthrogryposis. It was there where I met "Scarman."

Ward "Scarman" Foley was born with Arthrogryposis and has spent the last 30 years giving speeches across the nation and abroad. He is also a published author and hospice volunteer. He spoke at that conference and engaged new parents, old parents, and teens and adults who had never met another person with the same condition. These were his words.

"My Mom and Dad taught me, when I was really young, that we're all given life. I wasn't given a bad life or a good life. That was going to be up to me."

For the next forty minutes, Ward told stories of how he spends his days helping children with disabilities. He created a doll called "Scarman" that he sends out to children from over 46 countries at no cost. The children draw their scars on the doll to make it like them which helps the children to love themselves. We made our daughter her own Scarman at that conference.

He was warm, inspiring, funny, and exactly what I needed to hear at that moment in my life.

After his talk, he greeted us by kicking his leg up in the air by his head while looking at us saying, "Betcha didn't know I do that." We had a short conversation where I thanked him for putting things in a funny way that I could relate to.

Months later, I recieved a call from Ward. He needed to talk to someone about comedy, and I happened to be someone he knew that worked in comedy. Ward was recently confronted by a group of parents that were offended by some of the jokes that Ward told during one of his talks. This can happen in the special needs community. Some parents have to fight so hard for their child SO often that they forget to laugh. They forget to relax.

I told him how important laughter is. I told him how we as able to lift me out of my "what's it all about" nonsense through the power of humor, and I told him how I ultimately think that you can reach more people with a laugh than a tear.

Years have gone by since that conversation, and I now know the path for my daughter. Her path is simple: To live an awesome life. Her life. (And she does it well)

Now, I would love for all of you to meet my friend: Scarman.

For more about Ward "Scarman" Foley please visit:

Robert James Ashe

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One Magic Moment

(16) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 7:22 PM

We were tired. It was a long day.

We decided to take our daughters for a surprise afternoon trip down to Disneyland. They love that place more than anything any of us have ever loved in our lives. Our visits to Disneyland are usually magical. We vowed to never...

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My Daughter's Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:53 AM

I used to hate the beach. I loathed the bright, hot sun that makes my eyes malfunction and my pale skin burn brighter than the reddest lobster after three minutes of exposure. I couldn't stand the smell of the sea, a smell that can only be described as 10-day-old seaweed...

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Getting Poked at Children's Hospital

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 5:47 PM

Being a special needs dad has taught me to expect the unexpected in terms of what life is going to throw out at you and your child. This year, rather than plan a trip to the South to visit the in-laws or an excursion to Disneyland, we planned...

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A Letter to Tim Cook From a Father

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Jul 1, 2012
Tim Cook
Chief Executive Officer
Apple Inc.
1 Infinite Loop 
Cupertino, CA 95014 


My name is Rob Ashe. We've never had the pleasure of meeting  but I've been a huge admirer of both you and Apple for a very long time. I've...

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More Things You Should Know About A Special Needs Parent

(10) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:45 PM

I read the original article on The Huffington Post on special needs parents and was moved to tell my family's story. My child was born with the Amyoplasia form of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. She has extremely low muscle tone on all four of her limbs, no...

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