The Accessible Memphis I Want in My Future

MCIL wants to hear from people with disabilities about the changes that need to be made in our city to make it a more welcoming place for people with disabilities to live, work, and play. The contest winner will receive a $100 prize and be a guest at MCIL’s “Accessing the Future” awards luncheon on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Pencil drawing of Deborah Cunningham by Sher Stewart
Contest Rules:

  • Contestant must be a person with a disability who lives within Shelby County.
  • The contest entry is 500 words or less describing what Memphis can do to become more accessible for people with disabilities. For example: reliable public transportation; more accessible integrated housing; better employment opportunities; more inclusive, etc.
  • Entries should offer a positive vision of the future, and may include constructive solutions. We all know about our city’s deficiencies, so they need not be described in detail. 
  • No entries will be accepted after September 30, 2016.
  • The contest will be judged by the “Accessing the Future” awards luncheon committee.
  • There will be a selected reading from the winning entry at the “Accessing the Future” awards luncheon.
  • The prize will be awarded at the “Accessing the Future” luncheon.
  • All entries, may be used by MCIL to publicize the organizations services for people with disabilities.

How to Enter
MCIL logo, syylized letters M C I L

Contestants may submit their entries using the email address:, or may mail entries to:

1633 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104