Advocating for people with disabilities

Ms. Wheelchair MD 2014 - Shani Watson

On Saturday July5th I had the pleasure of attending the City of Laurel’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration. The Police and Fire Departments were on hand to protect and serve parade goer. My coworker soon to be Corporal Sinibaldi and I met Mayor Craig Moe.The bands played, and the crowd cheered on the participant It was a beautiful day.

On Sunday, June 22nd Shannon Minnick, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2010 organized and hosted the 5th Annual Disabilities Awareness Experience in Downtown Silver Springs, Maryland. I enjoyed meeting the attendees and sharing my wheelchair journey. Butterfly Zumba gave me a workout that I won’t forget. The Band played hits from the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. It was a fantastic day people without disabilities had an opportunity to interact with people with disabilities which helps break barriers and stereotypes.

On June 17th The Prince George’s County council awarded me with a Proclamation for the work I have done in the Community. Councilmen Derrick Leon Davis (District 6) presented the award. I had an opportunity to address the county council and share some of the issues that plague disabilities community.

On Friday, May 16, 2014 I hosted a fundraiser. The 1990s was the theme of this party. The fundraiser was held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89. A special thank goes out to Mr. Angelo Consoli, 2nd Vice President, for allowing me to hold the event in the recently renovated downstairs area. The generosity of those who attended the fundraiser is deeply appreciated. We raised a total of $1111.00!

A heartfelt thank to everyone who attended this event.

Members of my former squad (Left)Sgt. Nelson and (Right)Cpl. Aiken

Members of my former squad (Left)Sgt. Nelson and (Right)Cpl. Aiken