In 1972, an Ohio physician, Dr. Phillip K. Wood was aware of the talent, capabilities, determination, and courage of people with disabilities. He established Ms. Wheelchair America as a forum for the promotion of the achievements as well as the needs of women who use wheelchairs.
The non-profit program is staffed and coordinated by volunteers throughout the country dedicated to increasing public awareness so that all its citizens will be able to lead productive and meaningful lives.
Ms. Wheelchair America and Ms. Wheelchair Florida, Inc. are in no way beauty pageants but are platforms to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman to be an advocate for the 54 million Americans with disabilities.
The selected representative must be able to communicate both the needs and the accomplishments of her constituency to the general public, the business community and the legislature.
As Ms. Wheelchair Florida, she will have the opportunity to travel, make public appearances, and conduct radio, print, and television interviews in the fulfillment of her responsibilities.
Ms. Wheelchair Florida will advocate and promote awareness in order to eliminate architectural and attitudinal barriers, educating and heightening awareness to people with and without disabilities of the achievements of people with disabilities across the great state of Florida.
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