An Ability Activist's Perspective On Living With A Disability

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Whitney Bailey
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Chaeli Mycroft
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Chaeli Mycroft is a self-proclaimed ability activist. She is a wheelchair user who was born with cerebral palsy and has degenerative neuropathy. Chaeli shares her story on her YouTube channel to motivate others and to shine a light on the good and bad aspects of living with a disability.

“I want to go out and see the world, and I am determined to do that with my disability, not in spite of it.”

Chaeli states, “I don’t care that I am in a wheelchair. I don’t care that I have a disability. I’m not going to allow it to rule my life. I want to do cool things. I want to have fun with my friends. I want to go out and see the world, and I am determined to do that with my disability, not in spite of it.”

One way Chaeli says she does her ability activism is participating in various activities. “Through being a wheelchair dancer, a cyclist, and an ultra-marathon runner I think I am proving my point that my disability does not define my ability,” she says.

Chaeli has started a creating vlogs about her life to raise awareness while giving her own perspective on how she views ability and how she hopes other people will see it.

“Disability is not always a party.”

Chaeli wants to also share the part of living with a disability that she feels is not always shown. That “disability is not always a party.” She wishes to share this part of her life to give others more of an in-depth glimpse into her life.

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