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Meet USA National SLICC Ambassador 2022
The first person of disability to win nationally in a mainstream competition
Words from Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos:
"Tina Guenette Pedersen, who I am proud to call a friend, has brilliantly represented RI as the first-ever USA SLICC Ambassador with a disability. I was thrilled to welcome her back to Rhode Island after her victory! Tina is a long-time, passionate advocate for equity and the founder of RAMP real access motivates progress. I’m excited to see what she achieves next!"
Words from Congressman James Langevin:
"Rhode Island’s very own disability champion, Tina Guenette Pedersen, is this year’s USA National SLICC Ambassador! Tina worked incredibly hard, and it paid off, because she is the first person with a disability to win this national title. Congratulations!"
Words from Tina:
"I still can’t believe I’m your new 👑USA National SLICC Ambassador 2022!! 👑 This is not a year of being served but a year of serving. Let me help to promote your organization events by inviting me to participate and spreading the word. I want to wear my crown out with lots of community service, always showing up and appearances. The work is just beginning for my year-long job of a lifetime. ❤️RHODE ISLAND I’m bringing the crown home!! As the only person of disability to compete at this level, in a mainstream competition and win the national title, I’m proud to say we broke another barrier, and the sky is the limit. Can’t wait to celebrate with all of you!"
RAMP CEO/President Wins Regional Title USA Ambassador Mrs. Southern New England 2022
A community service-based competition as the only person of physical disability to compete
On July 23rd, Tina will be driving to Florida to interview for a yearlong job of a lifetime. Competing for the National USA Ambassador & SLICC Ambassador (SLICC- Success through Leadership, Integrity, Character and Confidence) titles will be an amazing opportunity. As the only person of physical disability to compete at this level is barrier breaking and a chance to prove we can do anything we put our minds too. One of the top prizes is a mission trip to one of 26 locations in the world. Imagine sending a wheelchair user to help others in the world, and the message that says to all? Tina put in the work and completed so much community service, which is just who she is and ready to bring these titles home to Rhode Island.
As you can imagine, driving 20 1/2 hours alone in her wheelchair will be interesting. Stopping along the way at rest stops for gas, rest, and restrooms will be a challenge if not accessible. The hotel stays and travel expenses are costly and where she needs your help. If you would like to support her journey to these barrier breaking titles, you can
VENMO: @RAMPTina or PAYPAL: firstname.lastname@example.org (note: Road to Nationals) Any business that wants to be a sponsor can message her for sponsor packet and it will be a tax-deductible sponsorship. You will also get social media exposure in our SPONSOR SPOTLIGHTS.
This adventure means so much to not only Tina, but the entire disability community to let everyone know we need to be seen and heard. We need to not be judged on what you think we can’t do, but celebrated for what we can. Tina is looking forward to making Rhode Island proud and a leader for inclusion for all. Any extra monies will be donated to RAMP real access motivates progress to help continue the initiatives for accessibility and inclusion for all.
RAMP & PVD Fest
RAMP Working to Make PVD Fest Accessible for All
RAMP is very proud to announce its collaboration with the City of Providence to ensure individuals with varying abilities have full access to this year’s PVD Fest June 10-12, 2022.
RAMP will be located in Kennedy Plaza and by the entrance to the skating rink. Here you will find a shade tent, accessible restrooms information, wheelchairs for loaning, and people ready and willing to answer questions, comments, and/ or concerns you have about accessibility.
You also get to see and use Tina's Table that was just unveiled on May 24th, a beautiful artistic table that redefines public inclusion, accessibility, and function.
RAMP intends to help Providence make this a fully inclusive event and fun for everyone!
PVD Fest: https://pvdfest.com
RAMP's next event Accessibility is Beautiful 2022
RAMP Board Member Recognized for Her Hard Work
Congratulations to includesign, LLC CEO Diana Perkins and RAMP Board Secretary on being named one of the Rhode Island Inno 2021 "5 Under 25"!
Diana was selected "not just for her achievements, but for her ability to focus on the LapSnap's target customer while building the product."
Read more about Diana, includesign, and her fellow honored entrepreneurs in the latest edition of The Business Journal Rhode Island.
RI Monthly Magazine, November 2021
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Advocate Spotlights of 4 Amazing Women
Featuring: Christina Battista, Rhode Island, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC); Victoria Sousa, Massachusetts, Spina Bifida (SB); Tina Guenette Pedersen, Rhode Island, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); and Lina Baker Jordan, Michigan, Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Hear about their disability and how it affects their life. Nothing stops these women.
In this video I demonstrate how I move about my bedroom unassisted. I can get in and out of bed, do my hair and makeup and get out my clothes with the changes I made to make it fully accessible.
Jen takes you on a tour of her renovated accessible bathroom to help her manage her daily activities unassisted.