And the Winner Is….

Josie Badger, MWA 2012 and Alex McArthur, MWA 2011

Josie Badger of Pennsylvania was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America on August 6, 2011. Josie works at the PEAL Center as a youth coordinator. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is finishing a PhD at Duquesne University.

Josie will be traveling across the United States educating the public and advocating for the 54 million Americans living with disabilites.

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The mission of Ms. 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 52 million Americans living with disabilities. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Ms. 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.
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