People On Wheels’ Ms. Wheelchair Indiana Pageant is now accepting entries for its 2012 program.

Candidates will be honored and a winner will be crowned at a special event on March 18  in the Eli Lilly Hall at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis.

This year’s winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to assist with personal expenses.

The Ms. Wheelchair Indiana program gives voice to the disabled condition, provides a platform for advocacy and promotes understanding between people with disabilities and the able-bodied communities.

To enter, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• be a female between 21 and 60 years of age,                     

• use a wheelchair or scooter 100 percent of the time,

• be a U.S. citizen, and

• have resided in Indiana for at least the last six months.

Communication skills and experience with advocacy for people with disabilities are especially valued and marital status is not a criterion.

The winner of Ms. Wheelchair Indiana will have the opportunity to help educate the public, advocating for people with disabilities through local news interviews and school, church and civic appearances. Her reign will conclude at the Ms. Wheelchair America 2013 Pageant in Providence, R.I., Aug. 6-12, 2012.

Festivities for the March 18 event will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. and will culminate that evening in a formal crowning ceremony. The event is free.

To request an entry form, interested applicants can email or call with questions at (317) 946-8115.

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