Shahd is smiling in this photo


I never thought I’d be able to do something like this before. Looking back to my own life, I feel that I lacked the tools, the confidence and the networks that I needed. 

I didn’t feel heard or visible. I now feel that I have my own voice and listened to.

Through EPEV I’ve gained contacts and become part of networks. I now feel empowered to reach out to people.  

As an Egyptian living in Wales all my life, I started wondering whether I am the only person with CP and in a wheelchair who is also British-Egyptian. Wanting to know this is related to EPEV as it has helped me to ask and answer difficult questions about my identity. I’m not looking for pity or sympathy, I just want to tackle these questions about my identity and the programme has opened me up for this work.