Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2004 – Elizabeth Alley

Elizabeth, originally of Portland, Oregon, currently lives in Nashville, TN. She has worked as a model for Permobil. Elizabeth volunteered for the Bellevue Community Church pre-youth group where she helped chaperone a preteen summer party. She also has been involved in peer support counseling for newly injured spinal cord patients and families.

Elizabeth has written numerous articles for the local paper and has an article published in The Spinal Column, an informative magazine dealing with spinal cord injury issues. Advocacy issues which concern Elizabeth include creating awareness of accessibility and expressing accessibility concerns to the correct individuals in order to find a resolution to the problem. Elizabeth feels that “people in wheelchairs are not different on the inside only slightly on the outside.”

Currently, Elizabeth continues to spread disability awareness. Mostly to people that she comes into contact with in public. She also helps her mother care for children during the week, which is where Elizabeth has found the best way to educate and inform. Wherever she goes, she encounters little minds trying to understand how everything works. Elizabeth’s plan is to get a “real” job and to become a productive member of society, however now that she and her mother have to care for her niece, she says, “I’m not sure how soon that will be. Right now she has my full attention. I’ll start looking when she goes to preschool, maybe ;)”

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