Hrant Adajyan


When I was just 3 years old, I started attending the “Bridge of Hope” child development center in Ijevan. Among my memories from those early years, what stands out the most is my initial reluctance to participate in physical therapy classes. I didn’t want to go, but there was one thing that motivated me—the promise of chocolate. Knowing that my parents would withhold chocolate if I didn’t attend, I reluctantly went along. However, as time went on, I began to engage more eagerly in the center’s various training sessions, different clubs and camp events. Now I understand why—I felt a sense of belonging and had friends in that environment.

By the age of 6, I was ready to transition to school, but my mother was worried about the potential challenges I might face, fearing that I would be hurt or teased. In contrast, I eagerly anticipated September 1, excited to join my friends and study alongside them. Together with my friends from Bridge of Hope, I never felt different from others; in fact, they embraced me as one of their own. With their support, I successfully completed my studies at Ijevan Primary School No. 5, graduating with honors. Currently, I am enrolled in the “Autodrome and Maintenance” Department of Ijevan Regional State College. Like many boys, I have a strong passion for driving cars. I also engage in sports activities and continually develop my computer skills.

Today, I am proud to be a member of the “Bridge of Hope” group of young activists with disabilities. I actively support initiatives that challenge misconceptions and stereotypes, while advocating for the rights of children with disabilities. As I look to the future, I am confident that I will find employment upon completing my college education. Over the years, we have been successful in changing the perception of our abilities within a significant portion of society, fostering a more accepting and supportive community. In addition to my studies and activism, my family and I have even established our own small poultry farm as a family business. I am responsible for the third generation of breeding chickens and ducks, with an incubator that plays a vital role in our operations.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the “Bridge of Hope” center in Ijevan, coinciding with my own 15th year of life. At 18 years old, I am immensely grateful and happy to have become an integral part of our 15-year-old center, shaping my journey and contributing to the lives of others within our community.