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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2014

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Bridgid Schwilling

Bridgid Schwilling
Leavenworth, KS

Miss. Bridgid Schwilling, 43, wants to encourage people with disabilities to find their purpose. Bridgid was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that has not stopped her from obtaining a master’s degree and working as a mental health and substance abuse therapist. Bridgid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Social Work degree from Washburn University. She previously worked as an outpatient therapist at the Guidance Center in Leavenworth. Bridgid’s goal is to have her own private practice someday, which she is currently working on. When not working on this, Bridgid volunteers at the Medical Lodge where she and her retired service dog meet with patients, as well as at the Club M nursery, a mentor club for moms at the Church of the Open Door. She cites her mom as her hero. She describes herself as persistent, overcomer, loyal, loving, and trustworthy. Bridgid has a clear mission in the coming year. She wants to, “Encourage people with disabilities that they have a purpose, educate all people about living with disabilities, and work with city and state government to change and develop laws to improve the lives of people with disabilities.”

"Finding a Purpose through Adversity"

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Visit the Latest Event page for more information about the 2014 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event.

Follow Bridgid's year by viewing her blog

Bridgid's Upcoming Appearances:

May 3 & 4 : Kansas Sampler Festival (Wamego)

May 17 : Challenge Games (Derby)

June 13 : Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp (Tall Oaks Conference Center, Linwood)

To arrange a speaking engagement or public appearance by Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2014, please contact Carrie Greenwood, State Coordinator, at 785-267-5982 or


Bridgid in the Media

"KU Alumna Uses Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Title to Raise Disability Awareness"
KU Daily Kansan, April 15, 2014

"Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2013 Passes Her Crown On"
WIBW Channel 13, March 16, 2014

"Topekans celebrate empowering women with disabilities"
Kansas First News, March 16, 2014

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