Welcoming Kaitlin Skilton, Ms. Wheelchair WA 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kaitlin Skilton Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America 2020

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wa., Jan. 18, 2020

Kaitlin Skilton, selected as Ms. Wheelchair Washington of America (MWW) 2020 has the opportunity to represent the great state of Washington at Nationals in Little Rock, Arkansas, this August as she competes for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2020.

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 Kaitlin Skilton, MWW 2020

Skilton, born on September 19, 1996, with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele as well as other underlying disabilities, lives in Seattle with her family and cat Lana. She is passionate about photography, music, sports, reading, and writing. But recently she found the committee for people with disabilities and fell in love with it. 

Kaitlin, wearing her white Ms. Wheelchair Washington sash, being crowned by Mrs. Washington!

Skilton says, “Growing up, I shied away from activism or even talking and/or writing about my disabilities because I felt a lot of pressure in my community to do so.“ This made Skilton feel as though people did not see there was more to her than her disabilities. However, she says her Seattle Adaptive Sports and Kiwanis Camp Casey communities have greatly and positively impacted her as they understood her thoughts and opinions. She expresses that she is extremely grateful to have found so many wonderful friends and a home away from home. Skilton continues that she would not have all these things if not for her disabilities.

Skilton desires to educate about her platform; inclusivity is necessary for everyone as inclusivity goes beyond accessibility and gives people a sense of belonging. 

Opportunities

During Skilton’s reign as MWW, she is interested in the opportunity to share and gain knowledge as well as address issues 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 or speaking engagement, she would greatly appreciate being given the opportunity to speak about the Ms. Wheelchair America program and her platform. 

Ms. Wheelchair Washington-America 2020

CONGRATULATIONS! Kaitlin Skilton, a West Seattle woman, is crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington-America 2020! A January 19, 2020, article by Amy from West Seattle News.

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Kaitlin has already stepped into the roll as MWW2020 and attended Kiwanis Camp Casey crew red dance. Kaitlin shares, “I had so much fun last night at the crew red dance. The crew red dance is an opportunity for attendies of Kiwanis Camp Casey, old and new to connect outside of camp. Camp Casey is a summer camp for kids with physical Disabilities. It is a place where kids with Disabilities can truly feel included and accepted and is one of the best places on Earth.”

MWW2019 PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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!