Crowning a role model: 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Many of us have heard of the Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

For several years now, Ms. Wheelchair America has given the crown to disabled women across the country.

31-year-old Amber Gilberg was diagnosed with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy at just two years old, but she's not letting it stop her from being a role model to others.

For the Black River Falls native, traveling around in her motorized wheelchair is second nature.

"We're just as capable as everyone else,” said 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin, Amber Gilberg.

While the crowned winner may have trouble speaking and moving around she uses her brain for knowledge just like everyone else.

"It's very frustrating because I can't speak as well; they think I'm cognitively disabled too,” said Gilberg.

She proved she didn't have issues with that after becoming Valedictorian at Black River Falls High School and by getting a bachelor's degree in graphic design from UW Stout.

"I do graphic design and web design. I own my business called Beautifully Different," said Gilberg.

That she does from her home in Eau Claire with her service dog named Gabbi Sparkles.

Gabbi helps her with daily obstacles along with her personal care workers. But helping others is what Amber wants most of all as the 2013 Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin.

"I want to be a role model for other people, for disabilities," said Gilberg.

Amber says her platform is to improve transportation for those who are disabled, because of countless issues she's had in the past.

"On the trip to Madison on the way, the lift had broken and I was stuck on the bus. As Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin I will use my platform to educated people on the importance of transportation in our lives and work to ensure that these services are expanded and improved," said Gilberg in a written speech.

So whether Amber is talking through her iPad through special apps or with friends, she's living life to the fullest no matter what she sets her mind to.

"I don't have a problem being disabled, just how people treat me because I'm disabled," said Gilberg.

Gilberg moves onto Ms. Wheelchair America for the national competition in July, click below to help her raise funds to attend.

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