Yvette Pegues, known for writing a book with her two young children called “My Mommy had Brain Surgery & I’m OK,” was selected to represent north Georgia in the Ms. Wheelchair USA competition in Ohio next month.
“The Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant is only one of two pageants for women in wheelchairs, and is strictly causation and advocacy based,” she said. “My service platform is inclusive literacy for all children in the state of Georgia.”
Pegues was nominated for the title because of her service and commitment to the disability community as a brain injury specialist, and the Canton mother of two said she plans to travel nationwide to share her program called “Dream. Write. Hope. Building a Legacy of Literacy Today.”
“Words have the power to inspire and heal,” she said. “My family has discovered therapy through words.
“Whether you have had a traumatic experience or just have a story people need to hear, it is my hope, through this opportunity as Ms. Wheelchair USA, to help others see past the impossible and discover the possibilities in their voice.”
Pegues’ program, called “Legacy of Literacy,” aims to teach children how to become junior authors in 90 days, and many of the lessons were learned through the publication of the book her sons, Isaiah and Elijah, helped write, she said.
“My 12-month global goal is to publish 1 million first-time, aspiring junior authors, between the age of 7 to 17 around the world, reaching neighbors and nations of all abilities,” Pegues said.
Pegues said she’s proud to represent a state that celebrates civil, human and disability rights, and she plans to attend the grand opening of the new Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta on Monday.
As Ms. Wheelchair Northern Georgia and a representative of Ms. Wheelchair USA, Pegues will serve for a year, traveling and speaking to promote awareness and positive change.
Pegues started an online fundraiser to help pay for travel expenses for the pageant, with a goal to raise $5,000. As of Friday, the fundraiser had garnered $1,400. Online donations can be made by visiting the fundraiser website at www.gofundme.com/Yvette4MWUSA.
To learn more about Pegues’ story, visit her website at www.YourInvisibleDisability.com.