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Ms. Wheelchair California 2023

As Ms. Wheelchair of California, I want to shine a light on Equitable Accessibility. 

During my reign, I will advocate for Travel, Housing, and Employment Equity. 

About Candis


Candis Welch (she/her)


Born and raised throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding areas, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of 18 months, however, she never let that stop her from achieving her goals. Fueled by her desire to earn a higher-level degree she attended California State University, Northridge and went on to receive her B.A in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology and her Master’s in Public Administration. Recently, she earned a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Cornell University. 

Throughout her career, she has worked within the Entertainment Publicity and Executive Management sector with celebrities such as Issa Rae, Kevin and Melissa Fredericks as “MrsKevOnStage” & “KevOnStage” (Comedian, NYT bestseller author), Janelle James (Abbott Elementary) from there she transitioned to local government service within the LA County Procurement and Contracts. Currently, Candis works at the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority as a DEI Practitioner where she continues to create and implement several organization-wide equitable initiatives, plans, and facilitates monthly culturally diverse events and dialogue series. She has developed and facilitated DEIA Training series for national and local non-profits and in October 2022, provided the Keynote Speech for the State of California Department of Rehabilitation. 


As a black, disabled full-time wheelchair user, Candis proudly serves on California State University of Northridge- Master of Public Administration Advisory Committee, Metro Los Angeles Public Safety Advisory Committee, and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee to bring visibility to the safety, and a true accessible experience for disabled community.

The Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. We are advocates, lifelong learners, and sisters, supporting each other to be our best selves.

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Contact The Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute

 Get in touch with The Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

State Coordinator​:

Angela Piazza

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