Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
Could you be the next Ms. Wheelchair Indiana? The Ms. Wheelchair Indiana program is not a typical beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Indiana.
During her yearlong reign, Ms. Wheelchair Indiana will travel throughout the state to make public appearances. She will give speeches and presentations on disability awareness, educating the public about the contributions that people with disabilities can make to society. The winner will eventually go on to represent Indiana at the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant
Applications for Miss Wheelchair Indiana along with additional information are available here. Applications are due September 9. To submit your application, or for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $50 fee for all applicants to cover program expenses. Checks made out to Ms. Wheelchair Indiana may be sent to 291 Lansdowne Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060.
The pageant will be held on September 19 at the Indianapolis Opera Center from 2:00pm – 6:00pm with speeches and the pubic crowning ceremony from 5-6. During the pageant, contestants will participate in a 15-minute individual judging sessions. The day will culminate in the onstage pageant when contestants will introduce themselves to the audience, deliver a 2-minute platform speech and answer judge’s question. After deliberation of the judges, the pageant will close with the crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2015.
To become a delegate in the pageant, you must meet all of these criteria:
- be at least 21 years of age
- use a wheelchair/scooter for 100% of your daily community mobility
- be a resident of Indiana for at least 6 months
- must not have held the title of Ms. Wheelchair previously in IN or any other state
Contestants will be judged in the following categories:
•Accomplishments – accomplishments since the onset of disability.
•Communication Skills – includes ability to communicate with the media, public relations and public speaking skills, and advocacy for the disability community.
•Self-Perception – includes poise, demeanor, self-confidence, appropriate attire & personal presentation
•Platform Speech Presentations
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