WAND Blogger

Michelle BothaMichelle Botha is the blogger for WAND. 

She is a consultant, motivational speaker and writer in the field of disability. As a visually impaired woman she has a passion for promoting disability inclusion through frank dialogue and the building of healthy relationships. She has an MSocsci in Gender Studies from the University of Cape Town and has conducted much research focusing on the complex lived experiences of South African women with disabilities. 

Her business, Inclusion Focus Consulting, seeks to work in collaboration with the corporate sector to formulate practical disability inclusion solutions.

Michelle is also a passionate musician and enjoys using music to enhance her work as a motivational speaker. Michelle’s personal story of negotiating her disabled identity is one which combines frank engagement with the realities of struggle as well as her own particular brand of humour. She believes that engaging with disability can offer insight into the complexity of human experience and challenge the fixed lines we draw to distinguish independence from vulnerability.