National Leadership Program, Winter 2020
Megan Swanson is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago (DuPage County), Swanson has never been afraid to face the barriers that were put up against her. Being born deaf and being implanted at age 5 has not stopped her from performing with the color guard, playing the clarinet and cello, and playing basketball and soccer. In fact, it has helped her practice her advocacy, communications, and grow to be independent. During her senior year in high school, she attended the AG Bell LOFT program where she started dreaming of all the things that she could do in the future. While her first dream was physically impossible, she had another dream to put her first dream on the screen and tell stories to break the stigma of barriers. So someday, she’ll make a movie with fighter pilots! [continue reading…]