About

about sheri

Sheri Brynard gives meaning to her life by trying to change people’s perceptions about people with Down syndrome in South Africa and abroad.

  • She is also an international ambassador for all people with Down syndrome.  She truly believes that all people have the ability to choose to make the best of their circumstances and she is the living example of that.
  • She is the only qualified person with Down syndrome with a tertiary teachers diploma (without any concessions made) in the world.
  • She is currently working full time as an assistant teacher at Lettie Fouche School for people with disabilities.
  • Apart from the more than 500 public speeches she has presented in South Africa, she did the key note speech at the last International Down Syndrome Conference in 2015 in Chennai, India and many other conferences.
  • Sheri has also had the privilege to address the Oxford Education Symposium in London in December 2014 and the Sheri addressed the Self-Advocacy Conference in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations Office Geneva (UNOG) Palais des Nations in March 2017. She also addressed a Down syndrome conference in the United Nations building in New York in 2012.
  • Sheri has also appeared on South African national television, when she addressed the State President and she has been invited as guest on many shows on television, the latest being, Ontbytsake.  She has also had the opportunity to play in a TV production, Binnelanders, a few times.  She has met Oprah and have consequently been featured in the “O” magazine.  She has furthermore been featured in national and international media more than 155 times.
  • A documentary about her life was shown in Belgium early in 2017.
  • Shéri is proud that she was invited by the London University College, to be part of the LonDown project on Down syndrome, in London.  Some scientists working on the project are famous for being part of the team that first sequenced chromosome 21 and is now doing cellular research using cells from people with DS, which could point the way to new treatments for problems such as Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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