Speech on Inclusive Education-Thembelihle Ngcai
‘Building an empathetic, conscious and sensitive society that embraces difference’ – a speech by Ms Thembelihle Ngcai at the Eastern Cape Inclusive Education Indaba, 14 March 2019.
With all protocol observed, good afternoon everyone. My name is Thembelihle Ngcai. Nearly twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is characterised by a wasting away or weakening of all the muscles in my body. While I was able to walk for most of my life, as per the prognosis, I’ve since lost that ability. Apart from a loss of lower limb mobility, standing and sitting, walking, climbing stairs, holding heavy objects independently were daily activities I struggled and still struggle with.