Role model: Meet Alexandra Aleksova (Bulgaria)

My name is Aleksandra. I’m 16 years of old and I’m from Bulgaria. I live with my mother in a small town west of Sofia. I have a lot of friends and relatives, who love me. I was happy that I had the chance to participate in the Strasburg Freedom Drive 2011.alexandra aleksova

  • What is your personal experience of disability?

I am disabled myself – I have mobility problems but I try hard to be independent. I go to a regular school and I prepare myself for university studies in a couple of years from now.

  • How did you discover the Independent Living movement?

I discovered independent living about 6 months ago, when my friend who is a participant of the movement, invited me to join an Independent Living Training run by the Sofia CIL. It was an inspiring and energizing experience,

  • Who has influenced you the most, and how?

Many people have had influence on my growth; everyone in their own way. Hard to judge yet – perhaps it will happen later.

  • What personal achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud with the prizes for my writings. I am proud that I have many friends and I can travel a lot.

  • Do you have a favourite saying or proverb?

“Show must go on!”

  • What motivates you to get up in the morning?

I want to get up, because I don’t want to miss something nice. When I get up in the morning I hope the day will be nice. I get up and I know: there are people who love me and trust me.

  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?

In my free time I read, try to write poetry. I love to be together with my friends. I like to travel and try to do so as often as it is possible.

  • Who would be your ideal dinner guests?

The ideal dinner guests for me are people, who can have fun anywhere.

  • What advice would you give to young adults with a disability?

NEVER GIVE UP. There are sad moments in life but they are always followed by joy and happiness.

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