NATIONAL PUBLIC COMPETITIONS - JULY 16 & JULY 17, 2021
Dani Rice, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2020-2021
Danielle "Dani" Rice was Ms. Wheelchair Washington USA and proudly wears the crown as the new Ms. Wheelchair USA! Dani's platform With Eyes Wide Open (WEWO) is sharing the real lives of individuals with disabilities through the medium of photography. The purpose, to show real lives and provide a creative example of representation of individuals with disabilities in the media, something that Dani feels is desperately needed.
Dani suffered a spinal cord injury in 2018 after a medical procedure that included a lumbar puncture went wrong. While this incident has changed her life, it has not hindered her spirit!
Dani has been a caregiver for individuals with disabilities for the past 12 years, and continues to work serving those with disabilities in their daily lives. In addition, she serves as a leader on the Caregiver Union's negotiating team and represents other caregivers throughout her state working closely with legislators to change service provision for the better.
Dani is married to husband Sam, and has son Auggie. She will spend her year of service as Ms. Wheelchair USA promoting individuals with disabilities through the media while fundraising for The Dane Foundation through the sale of her photographs.
Dani Rice, Ms. Wheelchair USA
Photos courtesy of Laura Shankel
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program was featured on FOX10 NEWS
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program has been in existence for more than 23years. It began as a state program, selecting winners in the state of Ohio to do a national service platform. As the program grew in popularity and was televised live, potential candidates began coming from all over the country asking to compete in the outstanding program. The program became a national competition 14 years ago and has been going and growing strong!
Contestants in the Ms. Wheelchair USA program must be 18 years of age with no maximum age! Contestants must have a mobility issue, but may have use of their legs. Our program does not discourage ability, but instead celebrates the individuality of the women in the program. State and regional representatives are selected based on a judged, application process. The national titleholder is crowned following a week of activities, programs, learning sessions, press appearances, and three nights of live stage competitions. Contestants compete in private interview, round-robin interviews, evening wear, on-stage interview, platform presentation, and marketing statement competitions. The winners spend their year on a state, regional and national level representing The Dane Foundation, Ms. Wheelchair USA, and their own platform issue or activity.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA organization promotes glamour, self-confidence, and community service; celebrating the accomplishments of women with disabilities!