Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014, Stephanie Woodward, is a feisty Disability Rights advocate who refuses to tolerate discrimination in any form. She began fighting for the rights of people with disabilities at the age of 20 when she started working at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY. Since then she has worked for Congress, become an active member of the grassroots Disability Rights activist group ADAPT, been arrested twice while protesting disability discrimination, graduated law school at the top of her class, and now works as an attorney.
When Stephanie is not in a courtroom or at a Disability Rights protest, you will likely find her eating a cheeseburger and onion rings at a local burger joint.
For the third year in a row, the Center for Independent Living of Broward will offer a fabulous fashion show, giving kids and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their abilities and individuality on the runway. The purpose of this show is to increase self-confidence while embracing our unique abilities and show that persons with disabilities are able regardless of their different abilities. Last year’s show spotlighted 40 models of different abilities, ranging from cognitive, physical, and developmental disabilities. The theme of this year’s show is “Through the Decades,” with music and and fashion that will take you back in time as you watch the model showcase fashion from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today.
The show will take place at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on July 13th from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is across the street from the Broward County Convention Center. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. Registration for the Fashion Show is $15 in advance and $20 on July 12th and 13th.