Know It 2 Own It: Ms. Wheelchair USA 2014 – 2015 Shares Her Story

“Twenty years ago, [people with disabilities] had to adapt to the environment, but because of the ADA, the environment adapts to us. That’s changed thanks to the ADA.”

Yvette Pegues is the current Ms. Wheelchair USA and a disability advocate and author. In September 2014, as part of the Partners in Progress Back-to-School Bus Tour, she met with Secretary Arne Duncan and shared her story about living with a disability.

As Ms. Wheelchair USA, Yvette travels the country sharing her personal story and emphasizing the importance of inclusion and adaptability.

Now, as part of ED’s “Know It 2 Own It” campaign, she talks about what the Americans with Disabilities Act means to her.


The opinions expressed and materials contained in this video are not an endorsement by the U.S Department of Education and herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the United States Department of Education.

“Know It 2 Own It,” is a campaign that started in July 2014 to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and the history that led to the passage of the ADA in 1990.

We also want to hear from you, please let us know how you are working to bring about positive change in your community by sharing your story on social media with the hashtag #know2own.

Alexis Perlmutter is a Special Assistant in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education.