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To Make a Difference in This Life: A Mother is Outlived by Her Investment in Her Son

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

Sammi and Emile Gouws clasping one another's hands affectionately and smiling for the camera
Sammi & Emile Gouws

For Emile Gouws, South African activist, autistic self-advocate, academic researcher, and educator, 2022 was a banner year. His name appeared in numerous podcasts and publications, including Forbes Magazine (Japan). In May, he spearheaded the first international Diversity is Phenomenal concert, a two-hour, live-streamed talent show with attendees and performers from all over the world. In October, he married his fiancée, Sammy, a fellow autistic self-advocate. In November, he defended his dissertation and received his PhD.

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