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John McSween

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

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John McSween

John McSween was a Nonprofit Management Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021.

McSween is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Health Planning and Administration. He is also pursuing a business minor. After graduation, McSween intends on attending a graduate program in healthcare administration with the hopes of mitigating health disparities among all minorities, but especially among people with disabilities. McSween is passionate about making the healthcare system more accessible to those with disabilities who are in need of care.

Growing up with a physical disability, McSween experienced firsthand the stigmas that surround disability. As McSween grew older and began to learn more about the disability community, he realized that this stigma was everywhere, and it affected people with all kinds of disabilities. He also experienced how the healthcare system is very cumbersome for different minority groups.

McSween currently serves on the University of Illinois’ Division of Disability and Educational Resources Student Advisory Committee. This role allows him to advocate and be a voice for students with a plethora of disabilities, both visible and nonvisible. McSween has been playing wheelchair basketball for nine years and currently competes at the collegiate level for Illinois.

Through his fellowship at RespectAbility, McSween hoped to gain a deeper understanding of how to mitigate the stigma that currently surrounds disability.

About RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Consulting Team

Comprised of diverse people with disabilities, RespectAbility’s entertainment media consultants partner with studios, production companies, writers’ rooms and news organizations to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. Learn more about the team.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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