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Differences bring opportunities: Miss Wheelchair USA 2017

1. How would you spend your time if you were locked in an empty room for a day, with no cell phone or TV to distract you?

In a totally empty room? Sleep. Scratch my name in a wall. Maybe sing half the lyrics that I know to a couple of songs.

2. When you dream are you still disabled? Why do you think this might be?

Sometimes. Most of the time I am not paying attention to how I move. Once I realize it however, I am much slower going up any stairs. Haha. I think it’s because I normally don’t pay attention to how I move unless I run across a physical barrier.

3. What is one lesson you have learned as an individual with disability?

Differences bring opportunities. You can use them or waste them.

4. If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

I do have a superpower. My wheelchair makes me a magnet for people’s attention. Other than that... I think being able to refill anything would be useful. Whether it be refilling my fridge, my energy, or my bank account.

5. Can you tell us about your platform or what you like to advocate for?

My platform is: “Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way” and it is about identifying your passions, inviting people to join your cause, and igniting your community behind you.

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I have served the community and provided mentorship for those living with a disability across the nation as Ms. Wheelchair America 2017. I used my platform: Where there is wheel, there is a way – identify your passion, invite people to join you, and ignite your community behind you – to guide my advocacy efforts throughout her reign. While traveling the country, I empowered others through my role as a spokeswoman for the disability community as a whole. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit advocacy groups, make public appearances, participate in parades, and was available to conduct interviews.

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Differences bring opportunities: Miss Wheelchair USA 2017

In a totally empty room? Sleep. Scratch my name in a wall. Maybe sing half the lyrics that I know to a couple of songs.Sometimes. Most of th
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