Amir Abdi is a passionate and motivated advocate for human rights. He possesses an interest in supporting others from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly people from refugee backgrounds and those who are seeking asylum.
Amir has also been an active champion within the Disability Sector, challenging access and awareness issues for people of all abilities, notably those living with vision loss.
In June 2018, Amir was presented with the Victorian Award from Friends of Refugees by Professor Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (2012 – 2017). This honour was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Australian Community for All Abilities Sports and Community Service.
Amir has volunteered as a facilitator for The ‘Welcome Dinner Project’ Eastern Hub, aiming to connect new arrivals with current Australian citizens through fortnightly dinners and discussion. In addition, as a member of the Youth Action Project (YAP) he has assisted in creating positive community attitudes towards people from refugee backgrounds and those seeking asylum. Those involved aim to shape Australian refugee policies through advocacy and education.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin College, majoring in Psychology, Amir plans to utilitise this qualification to continue his excellent work within the community.
Amir is a member of the Australian National Goalball Team, a challenging and fast paced sport for people with vision loss, and is captain of the Australian Blind Football (B1) team. He has participated in a number of national and international championships in both sports, being awarded gold and silver medals for his efforts.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Amir will be joining the session “Working with people with disabilities” on Wednesday 20 February from 1.15pm – 2.45pm.