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.
“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.”
Sahand Parvizi, Information Adviser