“If you have to judge people, judge them based on what they can do, not on what they cannot. Judge them based on who they are, not who they aren’t. Otherwise, you’re judging based on your own shortcomings.”
Studio 120 is currently working on a charitable marketing video to help raise awareness for the Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota Organization. People with disabilities represent approximately 20% of Minnesota’s population. As we age, that number will increase. People with disabilities are the strongest influencers in educating our community about what it is like to have a disability and the daily challenges an abled body person does not encounter or even think about. Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 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. Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota participants have a platform that they advocate for some of these platforms may consist of access to education and health care; employment opportunity; economic power; and political participation. Others simply want to inspire, motivate, and share their stories.
This non-profit organization originated in 2011, crowning Jenni Taylor as the first Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota. Jenni then went to nationals and was awarded Ms. Congeniality. She currently works on The Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota Board of Directors and next year will be the assistant coordinator of the event.
Studio 120 attended this year’s Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota pageant interviewing the participants and capturing the crowning of Kelsey Peterson the selected winner of Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014. One message that was shared by all participants of this year’s pageant was, just because living with a disability may be more challenging it doesn’t mean they can’t strive to meet their goals and succeed.
To hear Kelsey Peterson’s story please visit: