Ms. Wheelchair America Advocacy Competition 2022 – Will You Help Me Pay It Forward?

Dearest Friends and Family,

In light of the pandemic still raging on I do hope you were each able to spend some cherished time with your families over the holidays and are off to a great start to your New Year.

As many of you already know I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina 2022 in November of 2021. Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina is an advocacy competition aimed at encouraging women with physical mobility impairments to compete in a competition based on advocacy achievements or advocacy goals in order to make their communities more inclusive.

I was humbled to be crown titleholder for 2022 on the platform of Health Insurance Advocacy.  After 11 years of being denied medically necessary equipment I needed to not only survive in life, but to thrive I had had enough.  I decided to take my healthcare into my own hands and taught myself how to write strategic letters of medical necessity backed up by peer-reviewed journal articles and how to navigate the health insurance appeals process.  After a string of my own successes, I decided to take my work national to partner with organizations such as the Christopher Reeve Foundation, United Spinal, Local Elected Officials to introduce legislation in 2022, and am presently working with a large nonprofit to host a detailed step-by-step patient guide to the Health Insurance Appeals Process.  All my efforts are centered around helping those with disabilities acquire the medically necessary equipment they need in their lives so they can live it with the utmost Dignity!

I live by two philosophies in life: Paying it Forward & Human Kindness.

I am now set to compete in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the summer of 2022 against 35 other states at Ms. Wheelchair America.  I’m really excited for all of the tremendous work I have been involved in and partnering with incredible advocates around the globe.  I am writing you today to ask if you would take a moment to help support me in my effort to raise funds to participate in the national competition.

It’s not just about raising funds, but it’s about spreading the word and creating an education campaign to thousands around the globe who are unfamiliar with what these incredible advocacy competitions are all about.  Ms. Wheelchair America is an advocacy competition, not a beauty competition, which celebrates the advocacy achievements of women with physical mobility impairments.  It stands for powerful women with disabilities fighting for change in their communities.

Many of us with disabilities face incredible challenges on a daily basis and many of us still find ways to give back to our community because we simply won’t settle for less!  We are each trying to live our lives with dignity and respect and sometimes we need to push harder for systemic change to make this a reality in our own lives.  This is what this competition is all about and why I have created a Go Fund Me Page.

Please Help me Achieve my Goal, Spread the Message, Share my link, and Follow me on my Journey!

Go Fund Me Page:  https://gofund.me/07049f05

Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to taking you along for this incredible journey of life I embark on every single day to change the world!

With Love,

Ali Ingersoll

“Let’s Talk” Huawei Tech Accessibility Global Chat

Last week I was invited to be a panelist for the multinational corporation @huaweiUSA for a live stream discussion called:

“Let’s Talk”

YOUTUBE: https://lnkd.in/ems-HR5Y

TWITTER: https://lnkd.in/eygcXfc6

I was surrounded by some amazing Disability Advocates in the community and great friends. We discussed the concept of technological accessibility and a lot of the issues facing many of us with a range of disabilities.

It was such an honor and a really big discussion for me to be a part of.

It’s so important for each of us with disabilities to get our voices out there and offer different perspectives to push corporations to change the way they think about creating their products, and how they affect our global community at large!