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Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky

The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair America program is to provide an opportunity for women of achievement who use wheelchairs to educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities. The Kentucky affiliate, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, was established in 1998.

Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2007 is Sherry Hixenbaugh (right), crowned in November 2006. The job of the state titleholder is to speak for all women within Kentucky who have disabilities. The message the organization wants to convey is that both able-bodied women and women with disabilities have the same hopes and dreams—some just accomplish their goals with wheels for mobility! The state titleholder also represents Kentucky at the Annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

Sherry Hixenbaugh is an employee of Jefferson Community College in Louisville. In addition, she is an advocate for the Center for Accessible Living and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cain Center for the Disabled. The center provides low-income housing for individuals who are physically disabled.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky web site has more information about past winners, including 2005 state titleholder Michelle Bazeley (above left), and about entering the pageant.

Program 126
Making Louisville more bicycle-friendly; Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky; Yew Dell Gardens; the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival; and an interview with Heather Weston Bell, executive director of the Governor’s School for the Arts. (#126)