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  • Chris Burke is an actor, musician and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome. He starred as the character Corky on the ABC television series LIFE GOES ON, and has been the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society since 1994.

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    This is an edited excerpt from a life history interview I conducted for my thesis in the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, in which Chris Burke shared with me his life experiences and reflected on his role as an advocate for himself and others with disabilities. The full interview was conducted on September 25, 2102 in New York, New York, and will be submitted to the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, for inclusion in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement archive. I will also submit a methodological paper providing context for and analysis of my process conducting and sharing life history interviews with self-advocates with Down syndrome to the Academic Commons at Columbia University. If you would like to know more about my process, please contact me here. With gratitude to the National Down Syndrome Society for their early support of this project.
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