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  • Zachary Davis

    Zachary Davis is a communications and advocacy intern at the Center for Disability Studies. An Elkton, Md. resident, he first studied saxophone performance at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. After the onset of a severe mental disorder, he moved back home and transferred to the University of Delaware.

    At UD he studied neuroscience, Japanese and anthropology before returning to writing and acting, his first loves. He will graduate in 2017 with a B.A. in English.

    His interest in disability advocacy was born from personal experience and has played a part in everything he’s done since, from research on abnormal psychology to acting with UD’s Healthcare Theatre program, where he specialized in portraying patients with mental and physical disabilities.

    Zachary works as a stage and voice actor. He is proudest of his work with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival and as an audiobook narrator.

    At home, he and his mom, a professional author, enjoy writing, performing music, going on long road trips and playing video games. They also keep company with an adorable Husky and two highly opinionated cats.

  • Brian Freedman

    Brian Freedman is associate director of the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, and director of its Transition, Education & Employment Model (TEEM) Unit. He oversees multiple programs for adolescents and adults with disabilities, including UD’s college program for students with intellectual disabilities.

    Previously, Brian was the clinical director for the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Baltimore, Md.

    Brian’s blog posts represent his experiences as a psychologist, professor, researcher and dad. He has written for a variety of disability-focused publications, including Autism Advocate and Exceptional Parent. He also has published research on topics such as college students with intellectual disabilities and divorce rates among parents of children with autism, and his work has been featured on NPR, in The Baltimore Sun and in The (Delaware) News Journal.

    Brian is a huge baseball fan, an avid runner and spends his free time with his wife and their three children at their home in Chester County, Pa.

  • Debbie Harrington

    Debbie Harrington is a doctoral student in Organizational Leadership and Innovation at Wilmington University. She’s also a retired U.S. Army colonel, having logged 25 years in transportation and logistics, and a former administrator for one of the largest African American churches in Delaware.

    Debbie is active in community development initiatives and serves on the State Use Law Council, Vocational Rehabilitation Council for Blind & Visually Impaired, Exceptional Child Committee, DOE/DVI MOU Committee, MOT NAACP and Appoquinimink School District “Success for All” Committee.

    Debbie lives in Middletown, Del., with her husband, Robert Harrington, an entrepreneur. She’s the parent of three children: Christy and Jeffery, both graduate students, and Elizabeth, a high school student at Maryland School for the Blind.

    Debbie loves quiz and word games, listening to “old school music” and hand dancing. Her mantra is “grace and mercy, peace and strength, knowledge and power.”

  • Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson is an undergraduate student at the University of Delaware, pursuing a degree in Public Policy with a minor in Disability Studies. While completing her undergraduate program, Katie will also be pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. Her course of study reflects her interest in disability advocacy in order to improve the quality of services and meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities. While new to the scene, Katie expects her blog posts will reflect her engagement as a scholar, her interest in public policy, as well as her personal relationships with close friends and peers with disabilities. She is fascinated with how to improve aspects of living for people with disabilities in terms of accessibility, inclusive education and employment, community based living, racial disparity and so much more.

    On campus, Katie is heavily involved in the Honors program, living as a peer mentor in the Honor’s freshmen dorm. In addition, Katie is a site leader for UDaB (University of Delaware alternative Breaks), where she’ll be leading a spring break trip to Camp Royall in North Carolina, a recreational overnight-camp for kids with autism. Katie’s favorite thing to do over summer break is work at Special Camp for Special Kids, a summer day-camp for individuals with disabilities, back in her hometown in Southern California. When she isn’t working, she enjoys playing the piano, watching Ted Talk videos, crafting and traveling with her family.

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