Rockville, Maryland — November 8, 2004 – Introducing Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2005, Joy Limo. Ms. Limo accepted the crown from her predecessor, Juliette Rizzo of Rockville, MD, the reigning Ms. Wheelchair America. The crowning took place Sunday evening during an intimate dinner gala at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. During Ms. Limo’s year-long reign, she will travel the state promoting the Ms. Wheelchair Maryland and Ms. Wheelchair America programs as well as her platform: Has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Gone Far Enough. Next July, Ms. Limo will represent Maryland in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2006 competition to be held in Albany, NY.

Ms. Limo is a highly accomplished, multi-talented individual. She is a single mother of two daughters, Samantha Kay, 21 and Telle Beverly, 12. She serves on the Consumer Advisory Committee for Accessible Transportation (CACAT) , the Mayor’s Committee on Disability, volunteers at the Maryland Center for Independent Living, and is employed as an administrative assistant at the Maryland Disability Law Center. In her spare time, Ms. Limo enjoys making dolls (www.dollsofjoy.net ),playing guitar, and is an avid reader.

Congratulations also to First Runner-Up, Barbara Kidwell of Upper Marlboro. Ms. Kidwell is a secretary at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD and is an active member of HEC (Handicapped Encounter Christ) She is also editor for their newsletter.

The Ms. Wheelchair Maryland organization emphasizes one’s advocacy and public speaking skills, as well as personal perception and projection. The Ms. Wheelchair Maryland “Pageant” is open to all women who use a wheelchair on a daily basis, are permanent residents of Maryland and who are between 14 and 60 years old. The Ms. Wheelchair Maryland program is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and empowerment. The person selected to hold the title serves as a spokesperson whose responsibility it is to speak to the general public and the disability community about her life as a person with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland competes nationally with other state titleholders in the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Program.

To invite Joy Limo to speak to your group or organization or to provide sponsorship for her to participate in Ms. Wheelchair America 2005, please contact State Coordinator Robert Watson at (301) 657-3283 or robert@dateable.org.

Ms. Wheelchair Maryland is made possible through individual, group, and/or corporate donations. Donations should be sent to Ms. Wheelchair Maryland, Inc. 7830, Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Robert Watson, State Coordinator, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland, Inc.
301-657-3283
Fax: 301-657-4327
E-mail: robert@dateable.org