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Luticha Doucette Chemistry

Ms. Wheelchair New York 2011, Luticha Doucette from West Henrietta, NY, was named Second Runner-Up at the 40th Annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant held August 6, 2011, in Grand Rapids, MI.  Participants from twenty-six states gathered at the Amway Grand Hotel to compete for the title.  Josie Badger, Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2012.  Sharina Jones, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, was named First Runner-Up.

Ms. Doucette is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of the professional Chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma.  Her platform as Ms. Wheelchair NY is increasing science education for young people with disabilities.  She has traveled internationally with Mobility International USA and is co-founder and co-president of Rochester Young Professionals wit Disabilities as well as a member of the Roc City Coalition.

“Luticha charmed the audience with her humor and her message,” said Denise DiNoto, Ms. Wheelchair New York State Coordinator.  “We are so proud of how she represented our state at the national pageant.” 

Ms. Wheelchair New York is an affiliate of Ms. Wheelchair America, Inc.  The mission of Ms. Wheelchair America, Inc. is to provide an opportunity for women of achievement who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for the more than 52 million Americans living with disabilities. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Ms. Wheelchair America is not a contest to select the most attractive individual.  It is instead a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation to select the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson for individuals with disabilities. The selected representative must be able to communicate both the needs and the accomplishments of her constituency from across the nation to the general public, the business community and the legislature.


Luticha Doucette