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Finn Bradley, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Finn Bradley

Finn Bradley (they/them) is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Bradley is nonbinary, bipolar, has dyslexia and chronic pain. They lives in Chicago and currently attends the University of Illinois at Chicago with an expected graduation of Fall 2021. They has experience in social media management working for CircusTalk, an independent online resource center for the international circus community.

Bradley is the founder of the Therapy Access Project (TAP), a nonprofit that assists members of the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities in obtaining mental health services. Their work helps reduce the barriers faced by these communities in finding mental health services that fit both the individual’s financial and therapeutic needs and validates their lived experiences. Starting from the spark to get therapy, the Therapy Access Project works to take the burden off the applicant by getting them all the way up to the point of scheduling their first appointment.

Bradley has a strong background in circus performance. They graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts with a Certificate IV in circus arts. They were able to travel and perform around the world as well as starting their own circus company called Semi-Circus where they created and performed in a show called Murmurations, a circus ensemble show about mental health and community.

They have also written many articles about circus, several of which are about mental health in circus as well as the Me-Too movement. They believe that research about the intersection of mental health and entertainment is so important. Destigmatizing disabilities in the entertainment field can affect how the audiences and greater world view people with disabilities.

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