National Leadership Program, Summer 2019
Molly McConville was a Policy Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program, and is now the Senior Development and Individual Giving Associate at RespectAbility. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.
McConville graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a concentration in global cultural studies. She was a minor in Spanish and spent a junior semester studying in Barcelona through the Council on International Educational Exchange.
On campus, McConville was an active member of Best Buddies International, a program that connects individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to friends, employment opportunities, leadership development programs and living arrangements.
Her passion for disability rights stems from her personal relationships with family members and friends living with physical and intellectual disabilities and witnessing firsthand the discrimination they experience. McConville joined RespectAbility because of her belief that people with disabilities deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. She is looking forward to helping advance rights for people with disabilities while gaining experience in public policy, enhancing her professional writing skills and learning from professionals in the fields of business, disability and government.
McConville’s passions include traveling, pursuing social justice for disadvantaged populations and volunteering with the charity her family established, In the Name of the Mother. This organization raises funds for impoverished mothers who are fighting cancer, providing them with financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical needs, food, wigs, clothing and more.
After graduation, McConville hoped to teach English in South America before moving back to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career advocating for marginalized communities.
McConville contributed to a Maryland press release and wrote an article covering the RespectAbility Capitol Hill Summit. Read them on our website:
- Uniting Together to Advance Disability Rights (September 17, 2019)
- Success Stories of Self-Advocates: Being Real with Yourself and Advocating for Yourself Unapologetically (September 20, 2019)
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RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.