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.
- 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.