National Leadership Program, Spring 2023
John Arsenault (he/him) is a Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Spring 2023. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
Arsenault joined RespectAbility because he was passionate about the work that the organization was doing to advocate for people with disabilities. As someone who lives with cerebral palsy and a chronic illness, he was fortunate to grow up with access to support systems which allowed him to have the chance to thrive in spite of the challenges with which he was confronted.
As an Apprentice with RespectAbility, Arsenault would like to do his part to raise awareness about disability issues and ensure that everyone with a disability is able to access the care and support that they need to thrive and participate in their community.
Arsenault has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts at Boston College. Through his time interning in the U.S. Senate, where he had the opportunity to assist constituents with their needs and gained insight into the legislative process, he developed an acute interest in the policy process. He hopes to hone his research skills and connect with others in the disability and nonprofit spaces, and eventually channel this experience into a position with a public policy outlet or think tank.
In his free time, Arsenault enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family and his beloved cat, Zoey.
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