Iowa is searching for a new spokeswoman for people who have to use wheelchairs. Judy Hoit is state coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Program, which is taking applications now.She says we are looking for women who use wheelchairs as their primary source of mobility. They must be between 21 and 60 years old and like to talk to groups, travel and to be a spokesperson for people with disabilities. Marital status is not a consideration. Hoit says it won’t involve a big commitment of time or money.The new Ms. Wheelchair Iowa will be crowned in a ceremony in Iowa City on April 12th. The national Ms. Wheelchair pageant will be held in Des Moines this year, bringing in contestants from all over the U-S. That’s scheduled for July 26th. Hoit says the new spokesperson will be able to reach many other people with her message.Hoit is a polio survivor and was Iowa’s first Ms. Wheelchair in 1996. She says the winner of the title will go on a statewide public speaking tour to highlight not her disability, but her many abilities.For more information, contact Hoit at (319) 351-8375 or via email at “[email protected]”.
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