WWOC 14: Naper-Haight

Shannon Webster, image from the Chicago Tribune

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Naperville women have been strong advocates for themselves and for their family members. Sandy Southworth’s daughter Ann was born with cerebral palsy. Sandy and Ann worked tirelessly to ensure equity in Naperville. Their work lead to a wheelchair accessible park on the Riverwalk. Grace Siebolt has been swimming since she was five. She started in the Special Olympics in 2006 and has won several silver and gold medals. She tells her story and spreads messages of acceptance and inclusion as a Special Olympics ambassador. Shannon Webster has been a disability advocate since she was in junior high. Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Illinois in 2017, she said, “People don't normally recognize disability as something of value because it's seen as something negative, but that's why I wanted to make it my platform.”