Being a Deaf little boy of an old Persian royal family was not easy, especially in the time of the Iranian revolution (1978-1979) and Iran–Iraq war (1980-1988). And yet, this is how my life begins. Even under the support of highly educated parents, the challenges I faced as a deaf child were complicated by the Iranian social contexts.
My personal experience of such unequal treatment urged me to be a Deaf advocate. I became highly involved to Deaf community to increase societal awareness about Deaf people—our challenges, our resilience, and especially our potential. Years later, I relocated to a Canada, a place I now call “home”, to continue my higher education, even though this meant I had to learn English and American Sign Language from scratch.
In this presentation, you will be invited to a compelling life story of deafness, silence, and oppression, a story, in the meantime, striking a resonating note of survival, resilience, and determination.