- Education:BA, Lyon College
AM, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Office:635 Commonwealth Ave, room SAR-543
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests
- John Kramer received 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.
- He is experienced in qualitative research design, implementation, and analysis. 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. He is currently a lead investigator on a individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Family Member engagement in employment study, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
- His past projects at the ICI have included collection and analysis of qualitative data from key players from multiple levels of employment systems for people with disabilities. He is also experienced in innovative qualitative research data collection through web based methods, having designed and implemented his own online qualitative research protocols during his Sibling Connections to Employment Study. John Kramer co-founded and is a past-president of the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) in the United States, a growing movement of brothers and sisters of people with disabilities, siblings with disabilities, and committed professionals interested in policy, services, and research related to siblings. John also co-founded the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, both state-wide advocacy groups for siblings of people with disabilities.
SAR OT940 Social, Economic and Political Factors that Influence Occupational Performance
This on-line graduate case-based course examines current models of and perspectives on disability and their influence on social policy. The history of disability policy is examined as well as the ways in which social, medical, and universal models are manifest in current health and social service delivery systems in the US and other developed countries. The course also examines cultural assumptions about the nature of health, disability, and quality of life and the implications of cultural differences for practice models and methods. Students conduct a critical analysis of policy and disability theory related to OT practice (e.g., ergonomics, medical rehabilitation, early intervention, mental health services). Students complete critical reviews of additional reading related to OT practice as well as a sequence of analyses of the impact of relevant policies on resource allocations, service delivery methods, and reimbursement. (Credits: 4 online)