Ms. Wheelchair California 2022
My platform for my reign is Disability Representation in the Media to include literature, movies, commercials , shows,
I hope to awaken people to the lack of representation I see in the media and to
use positive experience and strong community support to advocate for my cause.
My name is Jacquelyne Yawn. I am currently 33 years old. I have been a resident of San Diego (specifically Santee) for the majority of my life. On September 1988, when I was four months old, I was in a car accident. As a result, I have a spinal cord injury at the c-6/c-7 level. I was involved in various disability programs growing up.
From 1993-2007 I was an athlete for the Adaptive Wheelchair Sports Program in San Diego. In 2007 I attended the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in San Francisco. From 2013-2017 I was a camp counselor for the Adaptive Wheelchair Sports Summer Camp. From 2007 to 2015, I was on the San Diego Adult Wheelchair Soccer team. We traveled each year to various soccer tournaments and competed nationally. I was MVP one year.
In 2010, I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in English Cum Laud with a minor in Religious Studies. In 2013, I received my Master’s Cum Laud in English with a specialization in American Literature and a certificate in Adolescent Literature. My research interests involved disability studies through the literary perspective and the theme of the society’s Other. At San Diego State, I noticed a lack of disability representation in literary discussions and brought more awareness to the field.
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