Episode 10 

How to be an Advocate: Intellectual Disabilities

John Kramer 

Earned his PhD in Disability Studies in 2009, with his work interests addressing the mutual support roles of siblings in aging families and issues of future planning for people with Intellectual Disabilities and Disability Studies critiques of family disability research.


John is currently working with the State Systems research team at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts at Boston on systems change and employment issues for people with disabilities. John co-founded the Sibling Leadership Network. This network connects brothers and sisters of people with intellectual disabilities, siblings with intellectual disabilities, and professionals interested in policy, services, and research related to siblings and disability. John also co-founded the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN) and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, both statewide advocacy groups. 



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Luca Badetti

Luca  is a doctor in Disability Studies, with background in Clinical Psychology and Theology. He has been a fellow for LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Luca promotes individual and community growth holistically and inclusively.

Luca teaches at Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies and DePaul University's Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program. He has recently created and taught the course "Theology of Disability" for Catherine of Siena College - University of Roehampton London. Luca has done research at the Institute on Disability and Human Development (University of Illinois at Chicago). 

Luca is involved with L'Arche (communities of shared life between people with and without intellectual disabilities), most currently as Community Consultant of L'Arche Chicago. He has given a TEDx talk based on his community experience called, "Embrace your in(abilities)!"

He is the author of "I Believe in You: Wisdom from community with persons with disabilities on believing in ourselves and the other" published by New City Press.

More info on Luca's background may be found at: www.lucabadetti.com

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