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Christopher Coleman, Policy Fellow

Nation Leadership Program, Fall 2017

Respectability fellow Christopher Coleman smiling in front of the Respectability banner

Christopher Coleman

Christopher Coleman is a Public Policy and Employment Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. As a result of his interests in holistic care, acknowledging the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, he has made it his mission to advocate for disadvantaged populations.

Coleman has held multiple internships during his scholastic career, including at Green Door, a behavioral therapy health clinic for low-income mentally ill individuals, many of whom had multiple disabilities. At Green Door, he witnessed how the social service system dehumanized people with psychiatric disabilities. The government that was supposed to help them, had failed them. Through this experience at Green Door, he developed his interests in public policy, enacting change that has a wide sweeping effect.

Coleman is a recent graduate of Morehouse College with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. After his time at RespectAbility, he plans to attend graduate school for health policy.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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