Shani Dhanda

Shani Dhanda

Disability Specialist and Culture Change AgentLondon, United Kingdom
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Shani Dhanda

Shani Dhanda

Disability Specialist and Culture Change AgentLondon, United Kingdom
About me
With my passion for creating everyday equality, I'm a business and culture change agent, social entrepreneur and disability rights advocate. After continually feeling underrepresented in society, I was motivated to challenge perceptions and change attitudes by becoming the change that I wanted to see. I founded the Diversability Card, the UK’s first official discount card for disabled people, helping to reduce the financial pressure faced due to the extra costs of living with a disability. I created the Asian Disability Network, which is both an educational platform and support network for people who often experience multiple types of stigma. I have worked for over ten years as an award-winning events manager and recently founded the UK’s first Asian Woman Festival, smashing stereotypes and stigma to empower and celebrate Asian Women. I work with Virgin Media as a Workplace Adjustment Specialist, transforming the experience for their disabled employees. I'm also a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability and an Executive Committee member of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce. I'm a member of the Greater London Regional Stakeholder Network bringing the voices of disabled people and their organisations, in policy development for the governments Office for Disability Issues. I'm an ambassador at Valuable 500, Parallel London; a role model at Scope; advisory board member for UnLtd, as well as being a speaker and columnist on disability and inclusion matters. I'm named as one of the most influential disabled people in Britain, Shaw Trust Power List 2019 & 2018. @ShaniDhanda
Projects
  • Asian Disability Network
    Asian Disability NetworkThe Asian Disability Network is a support platform around disability and how we navigate this with our ethnic and cultural identity.
  • LinkedIn: What are you searching for?
    LinkedIn: What are you searching for?Featured in LinkedIn first UK TV advert - What Are You Searching For? Created by BMB, the spot features real LinkedIn members revealing what they're really searching for in a job.
  • Virgin Media: Building connections that really matter
    Virgin Media: Building connections that really matterFeatured in Virgin Media's Purpose branding along with other colleagues. https://www.virginmedia.com/corporate/careers/our-purpose
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Skills
  • Event Management
  • Social Inclusion
  • Community Building
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing PR
  • Creative Approach
  • Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • Resilience