Youth consultant to compete in Ms. Wheelchair Pageant
The River Region will be well-represented this weekend when CRS Youth Consultant Sarah Williams travels to Huntsville to participate in the Ms. Wheelchair 2019 pageant.
Williams will spend two days in the Rocket City to compete for the crown.
She said she was urged to compete by fellow CRS youth consultant Courtney Adams and received further encouragement from coworkers Kim Lewis and Lolita McLean.
“They told me to go for it if it was something I wanted to do,” she said.
The competition, which will be Saturday, March 9, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, is not a typical beauty contest. It is a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Alabama. Contestants will be scored based on their ability to communicate ideas and concepts and project a powerful and positive vision for all Alabamians with disabilities.
Williams said she plans to do just that through a speech. She said she will use the platform to clear up misunderstandings about the importance of accessibility at certain facilities.
“It doesn’t just benefit the disabled; it benefits a lot of other people too,” she said.
Participating in the pageant will be exciting, Williams said, but she is also enthusiastic about the opportunity to network.
“I hope to meet people who have the same ideas I do about accessibility and other things,” she said. “It will be nice to meet people who are in wheelchairs who know exactly what life in a wheelchair is like.”
Williams, 21, spent most of her early years in Rome, Ga., before moving to Alabama when she was 11. She graduated from New Hope Academy in 2013 and is now a senior sociology major at Auburn University Montgomery.
As a CRS youth consultant, Williams uses her experiences with spina bifida to co-lead the CRS Youth Advisory Committee, a group comprised of CRS consumers who provide input on CRS services and policies.
Some of the topics discussed by the group include advocating for yourself, driving, living on your own, and college.