Abdi Omar is 26 years old and was born in Somalia, but moved to the UK when he was 4-years-old. He has cerebral palsy, and England gave him the opportunity to receive medical care that would allow him to get the most from life. Even so, the change came with its own set of difficulties. At school, he was the only disabled person in his class. However, he always remembered the words his dad offered him: ‘You can’t outrun a non-disabled person, but you can outsmart them.’
Imbued by this adage, Abdi made every effort to connect with his classmates to show that he was no different when it came to learning. By age 16, he was able to fully communicate with those around him thanks to the latest technology.
Abdi inspires & motivates all types of people and is also a film maker and edits his own videos and uses a communication aid called Accent 1400 which he controls with his head to talk because it is difficult for him to speak normally. He started his own YouTube channel in August 2012 and now he has reached 500,000 views in total. He is heavily involved within the Somali community and on August 2014 he was recognised by Number 10 Downing Street for his work within the Somali community and is actually the youngest Somalian who has ever received such an award from number 10 Downing Street.
Abdi has always dreamt about speaking in front of audience since he started making motivational speeches on YouTube. In 2017 he achieved it by attending events as a public speaker. Without a doubt 2018 and 2019 was the best years for Abdi as a motivational speaker because he was invited to speak at universities, colleges, schools and a variety of different events which has now inspired him to be the first United Nation Disabled Ambassador.