Being crowned as “Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2020” is seen by a West Milford woman as an amazing way to start a new decade.
Lindsay Tuman received her new title recently at the “Make a Wish Castle” in Monroe Township, Middlesex County.
She was also in last year’s competition and was then designated the contest runner-up.
Tuman went back to compete again this year and was successful in being crowned as holder of the state’s title.
In August 2020, she will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enter the nationwide competition for “Ms. Wheelchair America."
Winning this event would give her the opportunity to be a national representative.
“Ms. Wheelchair USA” is a nonprofit group of women who use wheelchairs for 100 percent of their daily mobility.
They are advocates not only for themselves but also for others in their community, and education is also a goal.
During her reign, Lindsay is responsible for traveling around the state to raise awareness on issues that affect people with disabilities.
“My personal goal is to visit schools, outreach events and local government while utilizing my ballroom dancing experience to bridge the gap of attitudinal barriers,” Lindsay said. “I also want to discuss bullying.”
Her platform for 2020 is “Judgmental Barriers.”
This encompasses any attitudes, personally or professionally, that hold the disability community back.
“I will also connect with the community at large for various events,” Lindsay said. “I am currently working with Fair Lawn Middle School. I would love to come back to my roots in West Milford.”