The primary goal of the Ms. Wheelchair Ohio pageant is selecting the most articulate spokeswoman for persons with disabilities.
Wright State University will host the pageant on April 6.
“It is fantastic news for Wright State because the four contestants participating are Wright State students. We accept any women with a disability from all over Ohio,” said Jessica Kelbely, coordinator of the event.
Elizabeth Schrack, a junior at Wright State majoring in social work, said, “I want to put my best wheel forward for the community and portray the best possible image of myself.”
After graduation Schrack said she would like to work in the social work department of the Veteran’s Administration helping the families of soldiers who return home with a disability. She wants to focus on the children, she said.
In 1972, Dr. Philip Wood created the first Ms. Wheelchair Ohio pageant in Columbus. Two years later, the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant was established. The nonprofit programs bring together women with disabilities in wheelchairs to help promote awareness and to knock down barriers.
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