Abdi Warsame
Most Recent Book Title
Always Rolling Forward
Book Description
Always Rolling Forward is my epic memoir of survival against insurmountable odds. My book celebrates the unique contributions people with disabilities make in their communities on a daily basis.

In 1991, at the age of twelve-year-old, I survived a rocket attack in Mogadishu during Somalia’s civil war. Paralyzing me from the waist down, that event irrevocably altered my life. Today, I am a happily married American citizen and telecom manager. I am a passionate advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace.

For an estimated fifty-seven million Americans who struggle with disabilities of all kinds, I hope that my story will alter the negative perceptions they may have of what they’re capable of achieving. If I could withstand a devastating spinal cord injury in one of the most devastated places on earth, I fully believe others can do likewise.

From a young age, my life has always been defined by overcoming obstacles. Whether it’s medical, cultural, or my long journey from the depths of Africa to America, the story of my life reveals that optimism, determination, faith, and family are the best allies in the fight. It’s my hope that the men and women who read my story will be inspired to also overcome their challenges.

Always Rolling Forward reveals the power of hope in all places and in all circumstances.
Location (city/state/country)
Irving, TX, USA
Author bio
Abdi Warsame is a survivor of Somalia’s civil war. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down when he was twelve years old during a rocket attack in Mogadishu, Abdi overcame grave odds to survive his injuries in a place and time where he should have died within days.

Through his Muslim faith, his loving family, and his unrelenting determination, Abdi leapt hurdle after hurdle to become the successful American immigrant he is today. In a life full of every reason to quit, Abdi never gave up on himself, his family, or his God.

Believing that education was his only escape from a much more challenging life, Abdi immigrated to the US with his father. While overcoming the language barrier, he took advantage of every opportunity that came his way and ultimately graduated from N.C. State University with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management. He has over ten years of expertise in the telecommunications sector. He is a passionate advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace.
Professional Speaker Topics
Disability and Inclusion
Overcoming Adversity
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

The only limitation is that of which we put on ourselves.

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