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Episode 4:The Intersection of Disability & Race

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.

We believe reflection is an important part of growth.

We believe reflection is an important part of growth.

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Special Thanks to this week's artist:

Esther Bradshaw

Episode Expert:

Candace Coleman

Candace is the Racial Justice Organizer at Access Living, and her group Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP) focuses on anti-bullying, the school to prison pipeline, restorative justice, police brutality, deinstitutionalization, and disability justice. Candace has dedicated the last 6 years of her career to teaching disabled youth of color to take pride in all aspects of their identity, so they can become leaders themselves, as she believes that young people shape the future of our world, and are open to creating a more inclusive world. Candace has spoken around the country, served as Master of Ceremonies for the Chicago Disability Pride Parade, and received the Van Hecke award for outstanding leadership and service in the disability community in Chicago.

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