Our very special guest for the March 2 luncheon will be Lauren Taylor, who is the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Texas! Lauren is a Flower Mound native who has had her sights on the crown since she was a little girl! This vibrant 23-year-old was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy at the age of one, and while growing up had access to countless adult friends and mentors who had been involved with the Ms. Wheelchair program. Lauren will share her story with us and talk about her work as an advocate for Texans with Disabilities and REACH of Denton, as a Youth Transition Specialist helping youth with disabilities transition into and navigate the adult world. She also volunteers with Canine Companions for Independence along with her service dog, Buchanan.
Lauren, who is a junior at UNT halfway to getting her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, makes speaking appearances throughout the state, volunteers at the Special Olympics, educates school children on disability awareness and advocacy, and is working toward her Licensed Professional Counselor certification. Ms. Wheelchair America was founded in 1972 to promote the needs and achievements of disabled Americans. The nonprofit, which has grown to include programs in more than 30 states, is staffed by volunteers across the nation.
You won’t want to miss this charming, enthusiastic young lady inspire us with her story!