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May 1, 2018

Last week I received the California Psychological Association's (CPA) Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award. Below is the transcript of my speech, and a video of the speech itself:

 " I am truly honored and humbled to be receiving this humanitarian award from...

March 8, 2018

This Saturday, March 10, the next Ms. Wheelchair California will be crowned at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill. The year's pageant features the largest number of contestants ever, all of whom have years of advocacy experience. The portion of the pageant ope...

February 16, 2018

Access to sexual education and healthcare for people with disabilities is a fundamental need, but is often lacking: While sexual education is required as a subject in public schools, it is often deprioritized in special education. This is simply unacceptable for popula...

February 16, 2018

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is an organization dedicated to advocating for people with disabilities. It serves as a liaison between different independent living centers. This year's CFILC conference is focused on Collaboration and S...

February 16, 2018

The 2018 Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant has been postponed until March 10. This wonderful opportunity for advocacy is still open to potential contestants until Friday, February 23rd.

Applications are available at


February 16, 2018

Check out wheel life's recent profile of the pageant!

October 27, 2017

Be a Contestant!

  • You must be 21 years of age before the first day of competition. There is no age cap.

  • You must be/have been a California resident for at least 1 full year prior to competition. 

  • You must use a wheelchair for 100% of your daily, public mobi...

May 24, 2017

The No Barriers Summit is a premiere immersive event that brings together people of all abilities who are transcending barriers to unleash their fullest potential and live a life of purpose. The Summit provides inspirational storytelling, curriculum to live by, authent...

May 20, 2017

I just recently had the honor of co-facilitating a workshop with my dear friend Anne Rader on employment and disability at the newly remodeled Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL. Formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the new AbilityLab is the first-ever...

March 13, 2017

I am so honored to introduce Kyann Flint as the next Ms.Wheelchair Washington. Kyann is from Whatcom County and an Alumna of Western Washington University. She strives to be an advocate for the disability community through speaking engagements and posting to her blog, ...

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The mission of The Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute is to recognize the achievement of women using wheelchairs. Each year, Ms. Wheelchair California will strive to educate and advocate for Californians living with disabilities. Ms. Wheelchair California is not a beauty pageant. It is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication, and presentation. Its purpose is to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman to represent people living with disabilities. Learn more at

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Dr. Alette Coble-Temple

I serve to increase the visibility of people with disabilities within our society. As a mother, educator, researcher, advocate and adventurist with both a physical disability and as a person with a cerebral palsy accent, I am a positive role model for people with disabilities.

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