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Chris-Mike Agbelie, Public Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Spring 2020

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Chris-Mike Agbelie

Chris-Mike Agbelie was a Public Policy and Employment Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Spring 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Agbelie has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Ghana. He also studied for a Master of Science degree in Disability, Rehabilitation, and Development at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and received an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from Stony Brook University. Currently, Agbelie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program at Stony Brook University where he focuses on disability policy and programs and health outcomes research in the U.S. and other countries.

Agbelie joined RespectAbility to advance his knowledge of public policy and employment programs for people with disabilities in a bid to achieve his professional goal of using disability policy and program research to support services for people with disabilities. He is excited about the opportunity to learn about the intersection of public policy, disability employment programs, and disability advocacy while at RespectAbility.

Before joining RespectAbility, Agbelie worked on interdisciplinary disability studies, health sciences and disability policy and program research. As a Graduate Assistant at Stony Brook University in New York, he taught disability and health sciences and assisted in related research. As a 2016 Summer Research Fellow of Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium with Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C., he learned about the evaluation of disability and health policy, services, and programs at state and national levels. In 2017, he collaborated with a clinical research team to examine determinants of access and successful participation of children with and without disabilities in a community-based inclusive obesity management program in New York State.

Agbelie is a sports enthusiast, avid music lover, and “freestyle” dancer. For leisure, he plays soccer or puts on his dancing shoes to check out some of the diverse music venues in the nation’s capital.


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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