Chaeli Mycroft - Western Cape

Chaeli Mycroft - Western Cape Chaeli Mycroft - Western Cape
I was born in Cape Town in 1994. I am 19 years old and have an older sister, Erin, who is 21. I was diagnosed as being cerebral palsied at 11 months and at the age of 6 was diagnosed as also having a degenerative neuropathy.  In 2004 I founded The Chaeli Campaign with my sister and 3 friends in 2004 when I was 9.

I started my schooling at a special needs school at the age of 3 and was enrolled at a mainstream school when I was in Grade 3.  I gained my Bachelors Matric Pass with a B aggregate at a mainstream high school where I wrote all my own notes and attended school without a facilitator. I have just completed  my 1st year as a B Soc Sc student (Politics, Anthropology, Social Development, Gender Studies) at the University of Cape Town. I have made history by being the first student with a disability (who needs a personal assistant) to move into residence of UCT.  I have been elected onto the House Committee (Graca Machel Hall) for 2014, heading the Outreach and Transformation portfolios.


My extramural activities include cycling and running (quite innovative being a wheelchair user!) and Ballroom and Latin American wheelchair dancing. Much of my advocacy happens through writing which includes having written a regular column for Rolling Inspiration Magazine, the newspaper ‘Thisability’ as well as my own blog. 


Studying for my B Soc Sc  (Politics, Anthropology, Social Development, Gender Studies) degree at the University of Cape Town


  • In 2011 I was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for my work and life as an ability activist
  • In April 2012 I was awarded the first ever medal for social activism by the Nobel Peace Laureates at their annual Peace Summit in Chicago
  • In 2013 I was welcomed by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow (and became a multiple Paul Harris Fellow) when I received The Paul Harris Award [Sapphire]
  • In November 2013 I received the World of Children Youth Award in New York