You may not be familiar with the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia program, here is some history. In 1972, a physician devoted to the treatment and rehabilitation of the functionally impaired individuals, established Ms. Wheelchair America as a forum for the promotion of the achievements of mobility impaired persons.

Ms. Wheelchair Virginia was established in 1974 and ran continuously through 1986. The non-profit organization was reestablished in 2001.  In 2006 it moved from Richmond to Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville. 

MWVA is not a beauty pageant but instead is an inspirational program dedicated to advocacy and focused on educating the public about the accomplishments, achievements, and needs of individuals with physical disabilities in order to influence attitudinal, architectural, and social change for all Virginians. 

Furthermore, the program’s mission is to inspire and motivate Virginians as role models of courage and hope. A female wheelchair user is annually selected as the titleholder to carry out the MWVA mission while representing Virginians with disabilities as well as all Virginians. 

Each year, a female wheelchair user is selected as “titleholder” through a weekend of educational workshops, interviews with judges, Table of Life displays, platform speeches and on-stage interview questions. She then spends the next year representing the organization and Virginians with disabilities, as well as ALL people as a "Roll" model of courage and hope. These wonderful women bring a positive, heartwarming and inspiring attitude toward life and show what can be done when faced with life’s obstacles.

Proud Sponsor 

2020 MWVA Gala Weekend November 8th-10th 2019

Ages 12 and under?  You could be a Little Miss Wheelchair Virginia Ambassador!

Ages 13-20? You could be a Miss Teen Wheelchair Virginia Ambassador!

Ages 21-191? You could be the next Ms. Wheelchair Virginia!

Becoming a Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Contestant

The Titleholder "Roll"

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  Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc. 
 7083 Hickman Cemetery Rd.
Radford, VA 24141
Phone: 540-838-5022   

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Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

To be eligible to become a contestant in the title weekend, you must meet all of these criteria:

  • use a wheelchair/scooter for 100% of your daily community mobility
  • be a resident of Virginia for at least 6 months
  • marital status is not a consideration

If you answered yes to the above criteria, please contact us!

Contestants will be judged in the following categories:

  • Personal Interviews
  • Platform Speech Presentations
  • On-stage interviews
  • Table of Life Display
  • 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.

Participating in the program provides numerous opportunities that go beyond wearing a crown and sash. You will be able to establish new friendships, see new places, and possibly even discover things about yourself that you never knew existed. If you are interested in participating in the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia program, please contact us.

​Become a Contestant