This gutsy, international award-winning Capetonian teenager will give a motivational talk at the Airports Company South Africa Disability Trade and Lifestyle Expo on Saturday 8 September at 13:00. The expo takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 6 to 8 September 2012.
In 2011, Chaeli was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for her life and work as an ability activist. In April this year she was awarded the first ever medal for social activism by Nobel Peace Laureates at their annual Peace Summit in Chicago.
“What other people see as Chaeli’s disability, we, her family, see as something that makes her able to reach her dreams,” says Chaeli’s mother, Zelda Mycroft. Eight years ago Chaeli needed to buy a special motorised wheelchair. Her sister Erin, with family friends Tarry, Justine and Chelsea Terry, managed to raise R20 000 in just seven weeks. They sold cards containing artwork by Erin and Chaeli. They also sold signature Sunshine miniature pots. And that is how The Chaeli Campaign was born.
Chaeli is a Grade 12 learner at a mainstream high school and is busy completing her school education, without a facilitator. Chaeli writes all her own notes. Next year she will make history as the first person with a disability requiring a facilitator, to move into a residence at the University of Cape Town. She intends to study for a BA degree in social science, majoring in politics and philosophy.
Normalising Perceptions of Disability
Chaeli is a dynamic and vocal advocate for the unconditional moral inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream society and this is one of the aims of the Chaeli Campaign.
“We are perfectly normal people, but with special needs,” says Chaeli. “Society needs to erase the stigma it associates with disability and normalise its perceptions through the inclusion of people with disabilities into everyday life.
“We don’t merely give out wheelchairs;
More To See and Do at the ACSA Disability Expo
Visitors to the ACSA Disability Trade Expo and Conference will be treated to a jam-packed programme of activities, demonstrations, conference and exhibits. The expo offers numerous interactive events, a trade show and a two-day conference on 6 and 7 September, with the theme ‘Solutions for Delivery to People with Disabilities’
The expo showcases includes covers wheelchairs;
For more information on exhibiting at or visiting the show or attending the conference, contact:
Bette McNaughton - Event Director. Tel (+27) 11 784 4279. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.mcnaughtonevents.co.za
Contact Persons: Catherine Larkin
Postal Address: P O Box 44945, Linden, 2104, South Africa