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Danielle Harada Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America 2019

BELLINGHAM, Wa., Mar. 23, 2019

Danielle Harada was selected Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America (MWW) 2019. At the beginning of July, it will be her privilege to represent the great state of Washington in Little Rock, Arkansas to compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2020 at the National pageant.

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 Danielle Harada, MWW 2019

Harada has been gifted with the ability to speak, write, and create art in many forms, and feels it is her duty to use these gifts in order to educate the public. Harada’s platform is “Intersectionality in Geek Culture.” She believes that representation matters and would like to be the representation that she didn’t see when she was growing up–to be a voice for those who don’t have or don’t want to be a voice in the public eye. Harada desires to make a change in herself and the world around her by doing things out of her comfort zone and venturing to be more empowered by doing so.

Opportunities

During Harada’s reign as MWW, she is interested in participating in as many events as possible. If you have any connections to an event or speaking engagement, she would greatly appreciate being given the opportunity to speak about the Ms. Wheelchair America program and her platform. ffffffffff

At norwescon–Getting my Chibi con badges!

repost via @instarepost20 from @purpletophat . . .Be like Ms Wheelchair Washington and get all my chibi con badges! You can follow Danielle’s adventures here: @mswheelchairwa2019 .
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#Norwescon #conlife #dealersroom #artist #art #conbadge #chibi #chibiart #Marvel #CaptainAmerica #SteveRogers #WnterSoldier #BuckyBarnes #Stucky #Loki #BlackPanther #StanLee #StarWars #rey #KyloRen #Reylo #SPN #Destiel #DeanWinchester #Castiel
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Having fun @norwescon! (Possibly spending too much money, but love supporting small creators and businesses!)
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#MsWheelchairWashington #MWW2019

MWW2019 Danielle Harada Flashback friday

#FlashbackFriday: The Journey So Far…
With my newly created Instagram account dedicated to being a digital scrapbook of my year as #MWW2019 needing some content, I figured now might be a good time to take a quick look at the journey so far.
1. The day of the crowning: March 23
-with the MC and Miss Whatcom County, my fellow contestants and I, and just me, crown, sash, and all!

2. Celebratory dinner and dessert: March 23
– Thanks for the dessert, Olive Garden!

3. At #ThirdPlaceBooks, Lake Forest Park: March 24
-met up with writer friends which is always great for support and creative fun times!

4. #NanoCon in Longview, WA: March 30
– with Evelyna Castro, MWW2014. A little geeky fun times!

#FlashbackFriday: The Journey So Far...
With my newly created Instagram account dedicated to being a digital scrapbook of my year as #MWW2019 needing some content, I figured now might be a good time to take a quick look at the journey so far.
1. The day of the crowning: March 23
-with the MC and Miss Whatcom County, my fellow contestants and I, and just me, crown, sash, and all!
2. Celebratory dinner and dessert: March 23
- Thanks for the dessert, Olive Garden!
3. At #ThirdPlaceBooks, Lake Forest Park: March 24
-met up with writer friends which is always great for support and creative fun times!
4. #NanoCon in Longview, WA: March 30
- with Evelyna Castro, MWW2014. A little geeky fun times!
5. MOD Pizza planning meeting: April 4
- with Elizabeth and Meg, MWW2008
There's so much going on behind the scenes as well and so much more to come!

5. MOD Pizza planning meeting: April 4
– with Elizabeth and Meg, MWW2008
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There’s so much going on behind the scenes as well and so much more to come!

MWW 2019 Pageant Thank you!

What a fabulous day at MWW 2019.

Congratulations, Danielle! You rocked it, and I look forward to watching what you do during your reign! Thank you to everyone who made this competition possible. Thank you to the incredible women who competed: Danielle, Shanaela, and Casey. You are all wonderful women and I value our time shared together. Thank you to the judges: Daman Wandke of AbiliTrek, Sami Schubert of Miss. Exceptional, Kristen Tollefsen of Meadowdale High School, Meg Paulsen of Validus Consulting & Services, and Ian MacKay of Ian’s Ride. Thank you also to our Emcee, Barry Long. We so much appreciate you, your time and talents given make MWW2019 possible. Thank you to Kayla Bryson, Miss Whatcom County 2019. Thank you to Grace Church Bellingham for the use of your wonderful facilities. Thank you to Carole Rauch for blessing us with her talents–the sash is beautiful. And thank you to the MWW board and my amazing parents for all your help in putting on this production. It is such a blessing to have so many people by my side in this adventure! Here’s to the Ms. Wheelchair Washington Program!

Meet our MC, Barry Long!

EMCEE: Barry Long, Broker, Luxury Residential & Accessible Homes Specialist Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty: We are honored to have motivational speaker, Barry Long, as the emcee for our 2019 Miss Wheelchair Washington Pageant. After a near-fatal motorcycle crash in 1991 left him paralyzed from the chest down, Barry discovered that choosing to live with a positive attitude, setting realistic yet achievable goals, and learning to ask for help can make anything possible. Since then, he has shared his  uplifting message with people around the world, giving voice as an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. As a long-time supporter of the MWWP, Barry is proud to help crown our new Ms. Wheelchair Washington!


2019 Ms. Wheelchair Washington Pageant

The Ms. Wheelchair Washington (MWW) 2019 pageant will be held on March 23, 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM at Grace Church Bellingham. Ceremonies will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM; entrance is free to the public.

We are currently in search of contestants for MWW.

Requirements to compete:

  1. You are a woman.
  2. You are 21 years of age or older.
  3. You use a wheelchair 100% of the time in the community (this does not mean at home).

Recommendations:

  1. Have disability advocacy experience.

Pageant Components

  1. A ten-minute interview with the judges.
  2. A two-minute speech on your platform.
  3. Two random–serious and light-hearted–questions for the top three contestants.

Kyann Flint is available to assist on preparation on any of these components.

If you win the title of MWW, you will have the responsibilities of:

  1. Attending two (just two, but you can do more) appearances a month. This can range from going to the Capital to being in a parade. Speaking at a grade school is an awesome option too! 
  2. Going to Ms. Wheelchair America 2020!! MWA is an incredible experience! There are always incredible, like-minded women there that you will meet and make life-long friends from all over the country! 
  3. Fundraising: this will be a combo of getting you to Ms. Wheelchair America and then rebuilding the program! I want to ensure that you can get to MWA! 
  4. Crowning Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2020! And sharing all that you accomplished throughout your reign! 

Please contact Kyann at washington@mswheelchairamerica.org.