The MWVA Program
is a 501 (c)3, non-profit organization
governed by a Board of Directors and
operated by a State Coordinator
as well as many dedicated volunteers.
ALL of which are dedicated to increasing public awareness, removing barriers, and promoting a social change, so that ALL citizens will be able to lead productive and meaningful lives, regardless of their abilities. We could not operate without the help of our generous volunteers, sponsors, companions, and friends.
In 1972, the Ms. Wheelchair America program was established by Dr. Philip K Wood, a physician in Columbus, Ohio who devoted his career to the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities through his awareness of the talent, capabilities, determination and courage of people with disabilities. In 1974, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia was formed and ran until 1986...it later was reestablished in Richmond, Virginia in 2001. In 2006, the program was moved to Fishersville, VA and the gala weekend continues to be held at Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center (Formerly known as Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center).
Organization -The mission of Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc. is to advocate and raise awareness of the abilities and needs of the disability community in order to influence attitudinal, architectural, and social change. Each year, a woman from the Commonwealth is selected to serve as Ms. Wheelchair Virginia– an Ambassador, to educate and spread awareness to community leaders and citizens throughout the state about critical disability issues.
Advocacy – As a program, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia promotes advocacy with personal experience and authority. This includes but is not limited to, the current conditions of the disability community and the changes needed to improve their quality of life.
Public Education – This component is greatly needed to better understand the contributory value of persons with disabilities and their desire to offer society their strengths and talents.
Inclusion – This act of eliminating barriers to the real world of employment continues to be an obstacle and further work is needed to allow mobility impaired individuals to meet their full potential.
Inspiration – Encouragement and motivation is realized by those who encounter the determined spirit of these individuals. This is one of the many “personal fruits’ grown by our program, and it in turn, will seed.
We at Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc., look forward to serving and working with you on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
Titleholders and Ambassadors
Unlike other pageants, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia is in no way an "outward" beauty contest. It is instead a competition to select the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson for Virginians 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.
2015 marked a huge milestone for the MWVA program. We expanded to recognize more women throughout Virginia, as well as to increase the awareness and impact we can have in different regions of the state. Instead of awarding Runner-ups, we decided to crown the ladies as Regional Titleholders to represent their local communities. And then after great interest within communities for a program for teens, we were thrilled to announce our Teen Ambassadors program in 2015! This also helps the young ladies prepare and know what to expect once they turn 21 and have the opportunity to compete at state level.
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc.
7083 Hickman Cemetery Rd.
Radford, VA 24141
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Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.