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Katie Keiling Arnold

Director of Community Education

Katie Arnold is a founding member of the Sexuality and Disability Consortium (SDC). She grew up in New Jersey and her passion about her work with people with disabilities comes from her experience growing up with her sister with developmental disabilities. She came to Illinois in 1997 to attend the University of Chicago. After graduating she lived at L’Arche Chicago, a community where people with and without developmental disabilities live together. She currently works as the Director of Community Education in the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Katie has a Masters in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katie provides education, training, and resources on various topics which include supporting healthy relationships and sexuality for people with disabilities. She has presented at national and state conferences as well as community events. She is on the Board of the Arc of Illinois and Chair of the national Sibling Leadership Network. She received the 2009 UIC Humanitarian of the Year award for her dedication to the human rights of people with disabilities.

Sarah Parker Harris

Assistant Professor

Sarah Parker, PhD has a background in sociology and social policy. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Sydney in Australia, and has worked in social policy research primarily relating to disability policies and programs. Dr. Parker has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in sociological theory, feminist theory, qualitative research methods, and comparative social policy. She currently teaches graduate courses in theories and perspectives of disability studies, and disability policies and legislation. Dr. Parker has experience in critical discourse analysis, policy analysis, program evaluation, and qualitative research design and analysis.

Research interests include comparative social policy analysis; international and national disability policies and legislation; international human rights; citizenship and social justice; and issues relating to gender and disability. Current research includes a cross-national project analyzing human rights, neoliberalism and workfare programs for people with disabilities in three countries; and an interdisciplinary project examining the role of social entrepreneurship as an innovative pathway to employment and participation for people with disabilities.

Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC

As a member of the clinical staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disability Family Clinics, Susan provides individual and group therapy for children through adults on a broad range of mental health, developmental and behavioral concerns, with a special focus on trauma and sexual abuse.  In addition, Susan provides consultation and training for trauma centers, disability agencies, professionals, schools and families on disability-related topics including sexuality and healthy relationships, sexual abuse prevention, and trauma intervention.  She has served as a disability consultant to the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and provided training for their clinicians, advocates and investigators from Chicago Police Department, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  Susan is trained in Forensic Interviewing through the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Susan presents at state and national conferences on issues related to healthy sexuality and relationships, as well as sexual abuse prevention, intervention, and trauma-informed environments. Susan is a member of the National Human Trafficking and Disabilities Workgroup.

Linda Sandman, MSW

Linda Sandman is a founding member of the Sexuality and Disability Consortium (SDC). She is an experienced trainer and consultant, with over 30 years of clinical experience working with adults with disabilities, including mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Linda is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Disability and Human Development. She served as Director of Clinical Services at the Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics at IDHD and played an instrumental role in ground-breaking research on the sexual self-advocacy of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Linda is a member of the Illinois Imagines State Planning team, as well as the Chicago collaborative team, a federally funded project which addresses sexual violence prevention and response for people with disabilities. She is a Co-director with Blue Tower Solutions, Inc., a non-profit working to empower individuals, organizations and systems to create cultures of respect, inclusion, dignity and equality for people with disabilities. Linda has a Masters in Social Work from the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural and deeply committed to promoting diversity and empowerment for all.

Jae Jin Pak  

Jae Jin Pak is a social justice advocate, educator, and ally with over 25 years of experience.  He has worked on issues of domestic/sexual violence prevention, mental health, disability, anti-oppression and cultural competency.  He has conducted thousands of hours of trainings with diverse communities and professionals.   His core values and approaches are recognizing intersectionality between issues and communities and building partnerships. Jae Jin is the Self Advocacy Training Coordinator for IL LEND and the Community Education & Training Coordinator for the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of IL at Chicago (UIC). He serves on the Statewide Independent Living Council of IL, IL Imagines Chicago Team, and The National Human Trafficking & Disability Working Group Steering Committee.  Previous boards served include: Asian Giving Circle, IL Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans (LCAPA), IL Coalition Against Domestic Violence MEN Committee and IL Coalition Against Sexual Assault Education & Training Committee.  He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and an IL LEND Fellow.

Kaitlin Stober, MS

Kaitlin Stober is a research specialist within the Institute on Disability and Human Development. Currently, she is a team member on multiple research and evaluation projects including a systems impact review of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and an examination of Medicaid managed care. Kaitlin has previously assisted with research projects on legal capacity and supported decision-making for the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. Most recently, she completed her MSc thesis on the experiences of professional artists with intellectual disabilities and their considerations of a disabled identity. Kaitlin’s research interests also include community and social inclusion, disability and sexuality, as well as human rights and advocacy.