Leylah Leonard Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America 2021-22

Four women sitting in their wheelchairs next to each other.

Tacoma, Wa., Oct. 10, 2021

Leylah Leonard, selected as Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America (MWW) 2021-22 has the opportunity to represent the great state of Washington at Nationals this summer as she competes for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2023.

About the Program

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 54 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. 

Introducing Leylah Leonard, MWW 2021-22

Leonard, born on October 23, 1998, lives in University Place, Washington with her family. She greatly appreciates her many family members and friends that support her as a person with a disability and that they love her for who she is. 

Leonard says, “I have grown to love my disability and don’t let nagtive people bring me down. I also don’t let people make fun of my disability. Don’t judge me for having a disability before you get to know me first. Let me be me and I’ll let you be you.” 

Leonard wors at her local YMCA.

Opportunities

During Leonard’s reign as MWW, she is interested in the opportunity to share and gain knowledge as well as address injustices that impact her community and work toward solutions. She is interested in participating in as many events as possible. If you have any connections to an event, she would greatly appreciate being given the opportunity to be a guest and represent the Ms. Wheelchair America program.