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April 05, 2005

Update on the Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin situation.

Remember last week when they stripped Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin of her title because she was seen standing? She's mostly disabled, but can occasionally stand, and officials deemed she wasn't disabled enough to hold the title.

That outrage has been in turn answered by the runner-up contestant, Michelle Kearney, who refuses to take the crown.

Quote:

“Who is to say who is more disabled and less disabled than another person?” Kearney said. “Had I accepted (the crown), it’s as if I had been saying I’m OK with the decision,” she said. “I thought they educated and advocated about disabilities.”

Posted by Dan at April 5, 2005 01:56 PM

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Good for her. More people should stand up (no pun intended) for the underdog and stupid regulations such as these......

Posted by: Liz at April 5, 2005 03:01 PM

While I gotta applaud you for taking notice of this controversy (in my opinion, the organizers are taking a very narrow view of how people use wheelchairs), please refrain from using the term "handicapped" in your blog and elsewhere. Instead, just say "disability" or "disabled"...neither of those terms has the disturbing etymology of "handicapped," which comes from the old phrase "hand-in-cap", used to refer to beggars. People with disabilities certainly are not beggars, and federal laws have been amended to exchange any mention of "handicapped" for the term "disability" or "person with a disability."

Posted by: Amber at April 6, 2005 03:16 PM

Thank you for the clarification, Amber. The ironic bit is I've been calling myself handicapped from time to time lately, when I'm actually disabled (not to mention that I'm going to get better, dang it).

Keep me honest.

Posted by: Dan at April 6, 2005 07:52 PM

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