Sunday, April 5, 2009

In the News

CBS Channel 13 News in Sacramento wrote a great article and posted the video on their website of Alyson Roth's crowning. Click here to view it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ms. Wheelchair California 2009 Crowned

Alyson Roth was crowned the 2009 Ms. Wheelchair California in Sacramento, CA on April 4, 2009. She succeeded Shannon Coe of Monterey, CA, who did a great job representing the disabled community. First Runner-Up was Jennifer Kumiyama of Anaheim, CA.

Shannon Coe (2008) and Alyson Roth (2009)

Ms. Roth's quest to be Ms. Wheelchair California came from the desire to change the face of disability and to be a spokeswoman and advocate for those who feel they do not have voice. Her life was dramatically changed almost 9 years ago when she became paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. Her vibrant and barrier-free life quickly switched to one of limitations and feelings of inadequacy. It is now her aspiration to push the boundaries of equality by educating the public, empowering others who face challenges, and to be a woman of tact and poise that represents not only California, but our nation and world. She looks forward to continuing her advocacy platform around the state by speaking to schools, businesses, organizations, and governments about the importance of inclusion and equality among those with disabilities.

California State Capital, Sacramento
(Front L-R): Susan Rotchy (2007), Jennifer Kumiyama (2009 1st Runner Up), Alyson Roth (2009), Shannon Coe (2008)
(Back L-R): Tony Asaro (Rivercats Baseball) and Michael Paravagna (ADA Coordinator)

Ms. Roth will go on to compete at the national level in August with hopes to become the next Ms. Wheelchair America.

Please email the Ms. Wheelchair California office at to schedule a speaking engagement.