Abdi Omar is 24 years old with a disability called Cerebral Palsy. He is a motivational speaker and a Youtuber. He uses Youtube as a platform to inspire and motivate people.
Abdi uses a communication aid called Accent 1400 to talk because it is difficult for him to speak. He now has over 500,000 views in total and over 8,000 followers on twitter. One day he wants to be a role model for people around the world - especially people with disabilities. Speaking in front of audiences is what he loves to do.
"Abdi Omar is an engaging and inspirational speaker. He connects effortlessly with a diverse range of people including young children and adults and the professionals supporting them. His talks draw on from personal experience that many of the other professional’s lack and therefore he provides a unique insight. He has given talks in two of the schools I work in and supported me in initial AAC assessments and meetings with families. Having Abdi present encouraged the families to support their children more as well as the service users themselves were further motivated to get to where Abdi has reached independently. He is fun and interested in many fields which makes it easy for anyone feel connected with Abd. I will wholeheartedly recommend Abdi to other schools."
"Abdi Omar came to speak at our special needs primary school in January. He spoke to a group of children with varying needs – cerebral palsy, down syndrome, rett syndrome, autism – about living with a disability and what it means to him. Abdi tailored his speech to suit the needs of the group and the children were all engaged. He made it an active session and invited the children to join in, e.g. to introduce themselves to him or ask him questions. Several of the children were very emotionally affected by Abdi’s visit, in a positive way, as it has made them realise the possibilities of what they could achieve, e.g. be able to control their wheelchair with a head switch like Abdi. Abdi is a very inspirational speaker and the children are still talking about him now, 2 months later. We hope to invite Abdi back to work with them again in the future."
"I have heard Abdi speak on a number of occasions and he is an incredible motivational speaker. He captures a room with his life story of overcoming severe disability to use high technology software and computers to communicate. He has the power to motivate and make people sit up and listen. Abdi also manages to handle challenging and difficult questions from audience members, as he has demonstrated on our 'Ask Me Anything' panel made up of expert communication aid users. Abdi manages all of this whilst using complex communication aid software and a head mouse to control his computer. I would highly recommend Abdi as a speaker. "
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