Are you the next
Ms. Wheelchair California?

Competition Details

Competition Information

  • This annual competition is not a beauty contest; it is a competition of advocacy and achievement.  

  • This is an excellent opportunity for women in the disability community to gain leadership skills, learn how to advocate for our community, and form lifelong relationships with other women in the disability community.  

  • This is the only California state competition associated with the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant.

Contestant Expectations

  • Give platform speeches on the subject of their experiences and future plans for advocacy. 

  • Create and exhibit trifold posters. These posters should be visualizations showcasing the contestants passions, platform and any previous advocacy efforts.

  • Participate in interviews with judges and participate in pageant workshops. These interviews will help the judges get to know the contestants. Check back soon for more information about workshops and judges.

  • See the information or click the MWCA Job Description above for more information about what it means to be Ms. Wheelchair California.

Contestants must be willing and able

to perform the following duties if selected as state titleholder

  • Attend the Ms. Wheelchair America (MWA) 2021 Competition in Little Rock, Arkansas (Monday, August 17th through Sunday, August 23rd 2020)

  • Fundraising*

  • Make at least 2 public appearances each month ** 

  • Write a monthly blog and utilize social media

  • Travel throughout Northern and Southern California

*Including MWA entrance fee of $2000. We are a non-profit. While we wish we could fund the titleholder, the degree to which the organization raises funds depends on the ability of the titleholder, with our guidance and assistance, to raise funds.

**Such appearances may include: 

  • public speaking (ex. schools, local/state disability organization events) 

  • meeting with local/state representatives

  • local business/chamber of commerce

  • Disability Events (ex. ADA Annual Anniversary in Sacramento)

  • Abilities Expos

Venue Information

The 2020 Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Competition 

February 29, 2020

John F. Kennedy University

 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA

Parking: Parking is available on the north and east sides of the main JFKU building. Disabled persons parking is available on the east side of the building, opposite Ellinwood Way.

Bart Instructions From Oakland Airport

(roughly 90 minutes total):

1. Board Coliseum train, ride one stop, get off at Coliseum

2. Board Warm Springs/South Fremont - Richmond train toward Richmond. Ride 4 stops, get off at 19th Street Oakland.

3. Board Pittsburg/Bay Point - SFIA/Millbrae train toward Pittsburg/Bay Point. Ride 6 stops to  Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre

4. Walk 3 minutes to Pleasant Hill Bus Stop on Coggins Drive.

5. Board bus #9. Ride 26 Stops to JFK University.


Hilton Concord

970 Diamond Blvd.

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 827-2000

$123 1-2 people

$133 3 or more

Accessibility Features:

14 ADA rooms

Standard shuttle and


accessible van available

upon request.



Hyatt House

2611 Contra Costa Blvd,

Pleasant Hill 94523

(925) 934-3343

$199 1 bdrm.

$209 2 bdrm.

Group discounts:


Accessibility Features:
8 ADA rooms

6 w/ tubs

2 with R.I. shower

No Shuttle


Extended Stay


3220 Buskirk Ave.

Pleasant Hill 94523



Accessibility Features:
5 ADA rooms

R.I. shower or tubs w/


No Shuttle



Courtyard by Marriott

2250 Contra Costa Blvd.

Pleasant Hill 94523

(925) 691-1444

Roll-in shower 

with 1 king: $119

Roll-in shower with

2 queens: $129

Accessibility Features:

6 Full-Accessibility rooms



Embassy Suites by Hilton

1345 Treat Blvd.

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 934-2500

DBL Rm $159
ADA rooms same price

Accessibility Features:
7 ADA Rooms

All with R.I. shower

No shuttle









Residence Inn

by Marriott

700 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill 94523

(925) 689-1010

1 KB+sofa-

$189 +tax

2 RM suite-


Accessibility Features:



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