Ashtan Davids is a 21 year old born and bred Muizenberg surfing resident with a diffability, as he calls it. He has refused the label of disability and prefers his own word of diffability or a different ability. Born with cerebral palsy and the use of only one hand he has single-handedly (pardon the pun) broken through barriers and smashed moulds despite major physical challenges. His idea of normal is reaching his full potential within the parameters of his spectrum of abilities. Some wouldsay that it’s all semantics but hearing his story redefines what society calls disability.
His sister chats with us about Ashtan because of his speech challenges and gives a heartwarming perspective of Muizenberg’s mobile maverick. Get ready to be challenged and, like me, perhaps a little embarrassed.