Of Armenian descent, I was born in Iran. I lived in Tehran in a predominantly Armenian area with my relatively small family, during which time we lived through the harrowing years of the Iran/Iraq war between 1980 and 1988.
In 1990, at the age of 14, I was involved in a road traffic accident. This resulted in me acquiring a brain injury, leaving me disabled with a number of sensory and physical impairments. Life became very restrictive as I was essentially confined to my home environment, due to various physical barriers that I had previously taken for granted. I also started to feel isolated as my friends began to drift away, unsure of how to interact with the ‘new’ me.
In the autumn of 1996, I moved to the UK where I was able to resume my education and gradually adopt a proud ‘Disabled’ identity. My journey started at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, followed by an undergraduate course at Staffordshire University. While at these institutions, I made new friendships, many of which continue to this day.
Presently my time is divided between being an independent disability researcher and activist, and being a student energy healer. My dream is to marry these passions of mine and through the new inspiration make a more fulfilling contribution to both my community and my own life.