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The Florida Papers: A Paraplegic in Paradise

One of SCIO’s former job seekers, Ara Sagherian, is now an award-winning writer and filmmaker.

Ara commented, “I worked with SCIO extensively throughout 2011. They were an invaluable asset for me and helped me network and break through an often very exclusive film community. Errol Cyrus (an SCIO Employment Counsellor) in particular was helpful; a kind, empathetic man who backs it up with tangible results. To this day, he reaches out a few times yearly to check in on me. He’s become more than an advocate; he is a friend.”

The Florida Papers: A Paraplegic in Paradise is Ara’s inaugural literary work. He credits his love for story to childhood cartoons. He is a spokesman for individuals living with physical disabilities.

The Florida Papers: A Paraplegic in Paradise has had some great reviews.


Face adversity and live a more meaningful life. Find the silver lining in any situation. The Florida Papers delivers a memorable experience in this courageous true story about overcoming life’s greatest challenges.

Ride shotgun, laugh out loud, and learn what it takes to be the best you, no matter the odds. This insightful self-help companion stares down issues like depression, chronic pain, and loneliness without losing its sense of humour.

Create the life you deserve and grab your copy today!

Topics you’ll Find inside:

  • love
  • overcoming adversity
  • life after catastrophic loss
  • finding meaning
  • father/son relationship
  • lifelong friendships

Reader Testimonials:

I laughed out loud, and felt my eyes well up in this heartfelt story. Highly recommend!”
“This was such a well written piece, reminded me of Hemingway’s prose. A succinct representation of the hardships of a man who has been through so much.”

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