Sahand Parvizi

  • I believe it is vital disability is not treated as taboo and that we pave the way for future generations to navigate the extra hurdles disabled people need to jump.

    I currently work in the Careers department as an Information Adviser but have previously been a student, graduate intern and worked in the Student Finance Office.

    As a wheelchair-user with a visible disability you might think half the hard work was already done with respect to talking about my disability. What was less easy was communicating my disability – brittle bones – in such a way as to allow my colleagues to be aware but not terrified of the extent of my disability.

    I believe it is vital disability is not treated as taboo and that we pave the way for future generations to navigate the extra hurdles disabled people need to jump.

    I feel being open about my disability with my colleagues has increased their understanding and awareness of my limitations and indeed strengths. I see my disability as a part of my identity rather than something to hide.

    I would say my strongest attribute is the ability to stay positive through adversity. I feel that has got me through all challenges in life and at work.

    After I had a very nasty accident a couple of years ago I learned of the value Brookes places on staff with disabilities. At no point during the three months I was off sick did I worry about losing my job or pay.

    Get in touch if you want a friendly, informal and confidential chat. Whether you are apprehensive about anything or if you are excited I would love to hear from you.