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Jane Velkovski

Activist for human rights of children with disabilities


Jane Velkovski is a 15 years old wheelchair user, having been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). His TED’s speech “The life-changing power of assistive technologies” has millions of views where he evocatively explains why assistive technology should be available to anyone who needs it. Saying: “This chair is my legs — this chair is my life,” he calls for action on: “Freedom of movement, no matter on legs or on wheels, is a human right,”.

He has been part of UNICEF disability campaigns in North Macedonia and a speaker at a high-level conference in Skopje and the United Nations General Assembly in New York for World Children’s Day 2019. He was also part of in a UEFA campaign to raise awareness about equality and access issues. He plays football whenever he gets the chance and is often the first on the field.

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