Sarah Schwegel, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II and uses a power wheelchair, is a life-long advocate for people with disabilities. She served as the National Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while also thriving in her academic career and competing on a national level with her power-soccer team.
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Maryville University, where she pursued the Disability Studies curriculum, taught by the staff of Starkloff Disability Institute. As a summer intern at SDI, Sarah collected data and stories on individuals with disabilities impacted by Medicaid policy and how it prohibited them from entering the job market. Sarah’s talent and enthusiasm were evident. She went to work part-time in the Diversity and Inclusion department of Nestle Purina to help them become more disability-welcoming.
Currently, Sarah is studying for her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Saint Louis University.