Searching for the new Ms. Wheelchair Illinois, USA!

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Applications are now being accepted for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Illinois, USA! The winner will represent Illinois in July, competing against 12 other national finalists for the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Ms. Wheelchair USA program is dedicated to celebrating the abilities and successful accomplishments of women with disabilities.

This year, one representative will be selected from each state based on the judging of their official State Representative Application Package. Judging of the Official Contestant Application, Contestant Platform Statement, two recommendation letters, and an overall impression score will result in the state titleholder selections.

To qualify, contestants must be women, ages 18 and older by July 30, 2010. There is no “age limit” in this competition! Contestants must utilize a wheelchair as their main source of mobility however; this program DOES NOT exclude women who may be able to utilize their legs. Contestants must be residents or students in Illinois for at least two months, may be married, single, or divorced. Contestants may have children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or no children.

The winner of the Ms. Illinois title will receive an official MWUSA crown, banner, and qualify for the live competition and show July 16-20 in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. This nationally televised, competition promises exciting activities, family fun, friendly competitions, and is designed to showcase the successful stories of women who have overcome obstacles and are uniquely contributing to our society.

The state competition fee is $250. Contestants may pay the fee themselves, get donations from family and friends, or obtain sponsorships from area groups, business, etc. All supporters will be acknowledged in the national program book. The fee is to be submitted with the application package. Deadline to enter is April 30, 2013.

Interested contestants can request an Official State Representative Application Package by visiting the website at or by calling the Ms. Wheelchair USA office at 330-612-5242.