Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2022
Caitlin is 30 and hails from North Wales. Her disability is spina bifida. Caitlin graduated from Edinboro University in 2017 with a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Caitlin has served as the Executive Director of Bucks County Center for Independent Living since 2019. Caitlin’s passion is adaptive sports and has been involved in wheelchair sports since she was 10 and currently plays wheelchair basketball for the Magee Rehabilitation Philadelphia 76ers. She is a long-time disability rights advocate. This is Caitlin’s third year participating as an active Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania participant. In her free time, Caitlin loves to travel, play wheelchair basketball, kayak, and spending time with her family and friends.
My platform as titleholder is to advocate for accessible spaces for people with disabilities to engage in physical recreation and activity. I started playing wheelchair sports when I was ten years old, and it is a big part of my life. I found out over the summer that the Carousel House, the gym that I practiced wheelchair basketball in for the past 20 years would be demolished and wanted to do something about it. Thus, my platform was created. There needs to be more spacious for people with disabilities to safely workout, socialize and participate in healthy practices.
First Runner Up
Domonique Howell is 35 and hails from Philadelphia. Her disability is cerebral palsy. She is a mother and currently, she works as an independent living specialist for Liberty Resources Inc., which is a center for independent living in Philadelphia. Her advocacy passions are homelessness, affordable accessible housing, and the rights of parents with disabilities. She also serves as a member of the grassroots activist group ADAPT and co-chairs their housing work group.