Here at Disability Connect, we are always looking for inspiring people who are making a difference in our world. Margaret, Maggie to all those who know her, is doing just that! Maggie was named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey this year and recently just placed third runner-up in the 2014 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in Houston, Texas.
Redden, 28, is a community outreach coordinator for the Paralympic Sports Club in her home state of New Jersey. As the coordinator, Maggie travels around the state and promotes the importance of physical activities to individuals who have disabilities. Whether it be competitive or recreational activity, Redden is no stranger! She was a paralympian in the 2008 Beijing Olympics representing team USA. She competed in both the 100m and 200m wheelchair track events.
Here is a little back story on Maggie. As an infant, she had contracted polio and that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was adopted by a single parent at the age of two from India. Redden earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 2007 where she majored in communications. Redden has spent the last year working in Kolkata, India with orphan girls. This has been her first time back in India she was adopted.
When asking Maggie about employment issues that disability candidates face, she mentioned that there are many “stigmas” that face these candidates. For example, she believes that employers feel that there are added costs when hiring candidates. Maggie states that she doesn’t need much in the area of accommodations and that ability candidates are just as capable of doing the work and are a great asset to a team!
In our next piece, we are going to take a ride with Maggie on her journey of becoming Ms. New Jersey, the road to Ms. Wheelchair USA and her projects for next year including a Ms. New Jersey 2014 pageant!
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Ms. Wheelchair NJ: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ms-Wheelchair-New-Jersey-2013-Maggie-Redden/136344369875919