Pervez Hussain, my story
I was brought up in inner City Birmingham. I experienced eyesight problems from an early age and despite numerous operations I completely lost my sight at the age of 23. This could have been a huge stumbling block in my advancement as I was considered to be un-academic. I was unable to read Braille and I therefore started to use my memory to assist with work and everyday tasks, committing to memory large chunks of information.
I was the first person in the country to deliver diversity training to staff members wholly using my memory – not an easy task when you consider the amount of legislation, models and examples that are required to deliver professional and relevant training modules in this area of business! I was also the first blind person in the UK to deliver management and leadership training my memory to front line supervisors.
Motivational blind speaker
After moving on from delivering diversity training in my existing work environment I then went on to set up my own company delivering this training to outside organisations and agencies. My audience was no longer limited to the number of staff members employed by West Mercia Police. Daunting – not daunted!
I also undertook management leadership training – helping others to help themselves in progressing in their area of work. A pleasing extension to my skills – what can be better than helping others realise their own potential.
For a much more detailed account of my life and the obstacles I have overcome, check out my new autobiography “Chasing the Bean”.
After 23 years of working within the West Mercia Police, my own advancement suddenly stalled. Having never had sick leave I was now faced with the prospect of being seriously ill with kidney failure. At the beginning of 2012 despite struggling to continue with work and other commitments I knew something was wrong and finally sought medical help.
The shocking discovery was that I was suffering from polycystic kidney disease. The other side of that coin turned out to be winning a Quality People Award 2012 for outstanding contribution to West Mercia Police. A very proud moment indeed.
Reach for the stars
I believe you too can achieve your full potential – you just need positive mental attitude and never give up at the first hurdle – that’s one thing I learned early on! Life lessons are that you will make mistakes – you just need to move on and learn from them. Don’t dwell on them – look to the future. No one is going to make opportunities for you – you have to make them yourself.
If you want to hear more of my story and how I overcame numerous obstacles and barriers please take a moment to read some testimonials and see how you could book me for a motivational speech.
Disabled Motivational Speaker
My journey has been long and difficult and even now my disability creates challenges and obstacles, all of which led me to become a disabled motivational speaker. Blindness and other disabilities can often be overwhelming which is why I find it extremely rewarding to be able to inspire and help others who attend my disabled motivational speaking engagements
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Life Highlights UNISON
Assistant Branch Secretary
Black & Ethnic Minorities Officer
Elected member of National Standing Orders Committee
West Mercia Police
Communications / Customer Service Operator
Management Leadership Trainer
Founder member / Chair of Disabilities Support Network
Elected member of National Disabled Police Association
Advisor to Home Office on disability legislation
Spoken at House of Lords on barriers faced by people with disabilities
Ambassador for Guide Dogs to the Blind Association
Private Diversity Consultancy
Mentoring to people with disabilities
Business – first blind DJ performing by memory
2003 London Marathon for guide dogs
Fundraising for St Michael’s Hospice, Victim Support and Special baby care unit
Disabled motivational speaker
Abseiling for charity