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Emily Kranking, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Fall 2018

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Emily Kranking

Emily Kranking is a Public Policy/Employment Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Fall 2018. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Kranking has hemiplegia cerebral palsy, affecting her right side and her speech. She has gone through leg surgeries and a spinal fusion. Over the years, she has educated herself how people with disabilities are treated in entertainment and society. Working as a Policy fellow at RespectAbility mixes her passion and her love of service with strategic communications to help people with disabilities.

Kranking has an associate degree in Graphic Design from Howard Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications Studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During her time at UMBC, she received an A on her capstone project about “Disability and the Media.” She also was honored in UMBC’s Delta Alphi Phi chapter. Her leadership positions included the leading web developer in the Student Government Association, a copy editor for the literary magazine Bartlebyand a photographer in The Retriever Weekly. She was also an active member of UMBC’s New Media Studios and the Musical Theater Club. She is currently an editor for Our Parish Timesand a freelance writer for clients, including the interactive story app Episode.

Kranking recently worked at Walt Disney World as a bus/resort greeter. As an actress, she recently has wrapped her first feature film The Homecoming, alongside acclaimed actors and disability advocates Maggie Gyenhaall, Eileen Grubba, Lawrence Carter-Long and Benjamin Bratt with the inclusive production company Zeno Mountain Farm. Locally, she is active in the inclusive theater company Open Circle Theater in Silver Spring as a Director’s Assistant and Projection Operator. She plans on getting a Master’s in scriptwriting, journalism or children’s media.

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Emily Kranking
Emily Kranking

Emily Kranking has learned firsthand how people with disabilities are treated in entertainment and society. Working at RespectAbility mixes her love of service with strategic communications to help people with disabilities.

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