Abdi was born and grew up in Somali. He immigrated to the U.S in 2009. Since then he has lived in Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University with B.A. in Finance, he is now an activist and a community organizer. Abdi graduated from the 2017 Disability Power PDX – organized by the City of Portland’s Disability Program for people with disabilities. Abdi is also associated with REAL: Reject Economic Ablest Limits. REAL promotes economic justice and advances disability justice by addressing systemic barriers to employment, fostering cross-disability leadership, and building partnerships.
Currently, Abdi works at African Youth Community Organization (AYCO) as a healthcare and disability coordinator, and ESL teacher. In 2018, he co-founded the Disabled Refugee Alliance, a program aimed at bringing awareness about immigrants and refugees with disability. Refugees with disabilities are often socially isolated in their homes, and the Disabled Refugee Alliance aims at educating the community to challenge common beliefs and attitudes about disabilities. Abdi has received 2018 Spirit of Portland Award in recognition of the advocacy work he does in the refugee with disability.
Abdi is fluent in Somali, Mai Mai and English and offers professional interpretation services. He provides language interpretation in medical, legal, business, educational, and social service venues. Lastly, Abdi is serving on the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) and the Collins Foundation Advisory Committee.