The Worlds Wheelchair Culture

Why Ms Wheelchair Ohio? Having never been a Beauty Contest Fan, I didn't see why a Ms Wheelchair America contest should even exist! After reading the following 'duties' of a Ms. Wheelchair Ohio, I see that this role is important in educating the general public about the needs of the disabled community.

The duties of Ms. Wheelchair Ohio include: delivering presentations, visiting advocacy groups, making public appearances, and conducting press and media interviews. She must be able to communicate both the needs and the accomplishments of her constituency to the general public, the business community and the legislature. She is charged with a continuing effort to educate the public regarding the dignity, productiveness and basic value of people with disabilities. She assumes responsibility for the ongoing effort to eliminate the architectural and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from assuming their rightful place in society. Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. of Columbus, OH was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Ohio on March 20.2004

Up-Date 7.22.04


Ms. Wheelchair Ohio, of Columbus, to Compete for National Crown Ms. Wheelchair America Program, in Richmond, VA, July 27 - Aug. 1 -  A Rare Spotlight on the Achievements of Women with Disabilities

(Richmond, VA)   Rosemarie Rossetti, of Columbus, will represent Ohio and compete at the upcoming 32nd annual Ms. Wheelchair America program.  She will be judged on public speaking, personal interviews and on-stage interviews.  If she is crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2005, she will travel the country as a spokesperson for the more than 50-million Americans with disabilities.  The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair America program is to eliminate, through education and advocacy, the attitudinal and architectural barriers that impede the quality of life for Americans with disabilities. 

Rossetti, 50, has incomplete paraplegia, caused by a tree falling on her while she rode her bike in June 1998.  She has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education, from Ohio State University, where she established the Rosemarie Rossetti Spinal Cord Injury Research Foundation. She is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant, author, syndicated columnist, publisher and President of Rossetti Enterprises, Inc. and Fortuna Press.  She is currently introducing legislation in Ohio to fund spinal cord injury research.  She was torchbearer at the 2002 Winter Olympics, received the Remarkable Woman Award in 2002, was Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and received the National Speakers Association - Ohio Chapter Award in 2002.  Rossetti is married.  Her hobbies include bicycling, kayaking, skiing, golf, swimming, horse back riding, travel, photography and cooking.
Contestants at the national program in Richmond will take part in a busy, week-long schedule of activities, including judging sessions and workshops on the ADA and other issues.  The week culminates with a Crowning Gala on Sat., July 31, at the Richmond Marriott.  The theme of this year's competition, United We Roll - Together We Rock, captures the supportive spirit among the participants that characterizes this unique program. 

The Ms. Wheelchair America Program is open to women aged 21-60 who use a wheelchair for daily mobility, and marital status is not a consideration.  It is not a beauty pageant.  According to Wayne Sale, one of the main organizers of the national competition, "the focus is on the inner beauty of these extraordinary women."  Sponsors of this year's national program include Health First Home Medical Equipment, Schwartz Zweben & Associates, Ford Motor Company, Sunrise Medical/Quickie, Pride Mobility, Richmond Marriott and American Airlines.  Further information is available at 

For further information contact: Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. Phone: 614-471-6100
1008 Eastchester Dr. Columbus, OH 43230-6230
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