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Lithuania Hosts First 'Miss Disabled' Contest
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 7, 2005

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA--Young women with physical disabilities were set to showcase their talents in Lithuania's first ever Miss Disabled contest Sunday.

The Agence France-Presse new service (AFP), reported Friday that eight women in wheelchairs aged 18-30 were scheduled to compete for the title.

The competition is also designed to change public opinion about people with disabilities -- particularly women -- and help them to integrate into society.

"With this competition, we want to show that these women, although in wheelchairs, are beautiful, active and may be full-fledged members of the society," said event organizer Virginija Dambrauskaite.

Last year, the country hosted a pageant for deaf women, called Silent Lithuania, AFP noted.


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