About Me

A picture of Armineh Soorenian

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.

In 2003 I moved to Leeds, to undertake an MA in Disability Studies at University of Leeds. Having obtained my MA, I next studied a doctorate in the same subject which I completed in 2011.

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.

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