Shaima Almofadhi

Disabilities advocate

I am a 30-year-old woman blessed with down syndrome and surrounded by the love of a sister, four brothers and two nephews.

I grew up in the US for 16 years having moved to Washington, D. C. in 1997 when I was seven years old.

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I studied at Fairfax County Public Schools until I graduated high school in 2009. I then attended the S. John Davis Career Center and worked in many places and positions, including as an assistant with an IT company and as a chef’s assistant in an Italian restaurant. 

My family and I moved back to Riyadh in 2012. I started attending the Voice of Down Syndrome Association and graduated from there to become an assistant secretary in the school. My family has always provided me with the necessary support and means to succeed and thrive in my life. 

My passion to spread peace and awareness in the Saudi community resulted in me being chosen as the Saudi speaker at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

My mother dedicated her time in the US to my education and self-development. I was given many opportunities at the association, where I was chosen to be the student speaker at events, and to help children. 

Among my many hobbies, I enjoy cooking, baking, exercising, and writing. Spending time with the children at my school and helping them also brings me joy.

My passion to spread peace and awareness in the Saudi community resulted in me being chosen as the Saudi speaker at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in June 2018. I spoke about my experience in Saudi Arabia and the endless opportunities I was given to raise awareness about people with disabilities in my country. 

I continue to thrive in my community and aim to become the ambassador for the Down Syndrome society. 

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