Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi Headed to California with Message

Meridian, Miss.
Chaemonaleasza Harris, a military dependent at Meridian Naval Air Station, was crowned Miss Wheelchair Mississippi on March 29th. The message she plans to take with her to the national competition in California is a platform that is very close to her heart. Harris says the facilities that host after school activities are not as handicapped accessible as some may think.

"Until 2006, I was one of those able-bodied parents. I never noticed that there weren't bathroom accommodations, or you had mud or you couldn't be there," said Harris. "I didn't know. I never noticed. And now that I am on the other side of the table, and I am the disabled parent, I've seen more about what's going on, and things that need to change."

Harris says she needs the community's help in getting to California where her voice can be heard. If you would like to help, you can go to

Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi is an arm of the Ms. Wheelchair organization.