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John Kramer

Research Associate

B.A. (Psychology & English), Lyon College
M.A. (Social Sciences), University of Chicago
Ph.D. (Disability Studies), University of Illinois at Chicago

John joined the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in 2008. He is currently working on the state systems research and evaluation team. John's work at the ICI has included the Florida EmployMEFirst project and the State Employment Leadership Network. From 2011-2012, he was awarded a Switzer research fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Funded by this fellowship, he examined the roles that siblings play in supporting employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

John earned his PhD in disability studies while working in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation was on the mutual support roles between siblings and people with intellectual and developmental 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. He represents the MSSN in the workgroup "MA21-Implementing a 21st-Century Disability Policy." John also serves on the Department of Developmental Services Citizen Advisory Board for Central Middlesex County in Massachusetts.

ICI publications by John Kramer

Support through Mentorship: Accessible Supervision of Employees with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Effective supervision of employees with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be challenging for businesses that may not have experience in hiring people with diverse support requirements. This is largely due to the relatively low participation rates of people with disabilities in the workforce. This is, thankfully, changing as more businesses are seeing the value of diversifying their workforce, which includes hiring people with diverse cognitive abilities like people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (8/2013)

Select outside publications by John Kramer

Arnold, C. K., Heller, T., & Kramer, J. (2012). Support needs of siblings of people with developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50(5), 373-382.

Kramer, J. M., Kramer, J. C., Garcia Iriarte, E., & Hammel, J. (2011). Following Through to the End: The Use of Inclusive Strategies to Analyse and Interpret Data in Participatory Action Research with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24(3), 263-273.

Hall, A. C., & Kramer, J. (2009). Social capital through workplace connections: Opportunities for workers with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 8(3), 146-170.

Kramer, J. (2009). I am Not my brothers' keeper. In D. Meyer (Ed.), Thicker than water: Essays by adult siblings of people with disabilities (pp. 20-26). Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

E. Garcia-Iriarte, J. C. K., J. M. Kramer, J. Hammel, (2009). 'Who Did What?': A Participatory Action Research Project to Increase Group Capacity for Advocacy. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(1), 10-22.

Heller, T., & Kramer, J. (2009). Involvement of adult siblings of persons with developmental disabilities in future planning. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 47(3), 208-219.

Kramer, J. (2008). Towards a more complete understanding of siblinghood: Breaking down the reasons for investigating sibling relationships of people with developmental disabilities. Unpublished manuscript. University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kramer, J. (2008). People with Disabilities and Their Siblings: Building Concepts of Support and Transitions. ProQuest.

DeBrine, E. J., Kramer, J., Guthrie, A., Caldwell, J., Factor, A., & Heller, T. (2006). The future is now: A future planning training curriculum for families and their adult relatives with developmental disabilities (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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