A Texas representative in the Miss Wheelchair America Pageant from the city of Converse, Ms. Mariah Rose Kilbourne was crowned Miss Wheelchair America 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island on August 11th, 2012. She will serve a one-year term as an advocate for the 54+ million Americans with disabilities.
The mission of Miss Wheelchair America is to provide an opportunity of achievement for women who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Miss Wheelchair America is not a contest to select the most attractive individual. It is instead a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons 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. Mariah is very grateful for the opportunity to serve a one-year term as an advocate of Americans with disabilities. As part of Miss Wheelchair America 2013, Mariah will travel throughout the USA to serve as a spokesperson for those with disabilities. “It is going to be such a blessing and incredible opportunity,”
Mariah says. “Miss Wheelchair America is about the opportunity to encourage yourself and others to embrace your (dis)ABILITES, and be strong role models, leaders and active positive participants in their communities and society at large – without any limits! I’m so excited and blessed to be able to serve in this role for the year!”
Mariah wants to use her year as Miss Wheelchair America to encourage everyone to be ‘inclined’ for inclusion and promote inclusion in many ways – from work to play! She will encourage inclusion through accessibility. She wants to increase fair and equitable access to public facilities, especially in historic districts, which are currently inaccessible to people with disabilities.
As a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Mariah majored in Communication Studies and minored in the Spanish Language. As a 24 year old published writer, successful advocate, and avid adaptive sports enthusiast, Mariah cannot help but express her love for photography, public speaking, and fundraising. She can’t wait to use these talents and abilities as Miss Wheelchair America.
I had a really good time talking to Mariah. We have the same interests. She loves to write stories just like I do. I’m so happy to have made friends with Mariah and I hope that she comes back to The Arc very soon! All of the Arc Participants and Staff Members are very grateful to Ms. Mariah Kilbourne and the Miss Wheelchair America Pageant Company for choosing to come to the Arc of San Antonio to show everyone that even though you might be disabled, you’re still able to do great things.
If you have any questions about The Miss Wheelchair America Pageant Company, please feel free to write to:
The Miss Wheelchair America Pageant Company
P.O. Box 86
Bryon Center, Michigan, 49315
or by telephone at: (877) 679-4335
or go to The Miss Wheelchair America Pageant Company’s website: www.mswheelchairamerica.org