Shani Dhanda is an award winning event manager, global voyager, disability role model and campaigner. Shani is also the founder of the Diversability Card, the official discount card for people with disabilities in the UK. Shani was born with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as Brittle Bones. Over her childhood, she spent many summers in hospital with broken legs and learning how to walk again, until she was offered pioneering treatment to strengthen her bone density in her teenage years.
In 2011, Shani graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Event and Venue Management, and her dissertation around barriers to accessible leisure was published by an American charity. Shani is an accomplished public speaker delivering talks at hospitals and to medical professionals, conferences and schools as part of her efforts to challenge perceptions and change attitudes around disability, especially in Asian communities. Shani has travelled to 28 countries, she is a role model for the UK’s national disability charity Scope and has helped to raise over £400,000 through organising fundraising events with local charities and support groups.
I am thrilled to be supporting Include Me TOO in my role as Ambassador. I have seen first-hand the amazing work they do, with so much passion at the heart of everything they deliver. There is a clear lack of provision for people with disabilities, who belong to ethnic minority communities, their needs are often overlooked and many lack opportunities to reach their full potential. I feel passionately about challenging perceptions and changing attitudes towards disability, Parmi and her team have already created a phenomenal difference to so many individuals’ lives and I know that together we can continue to make a difference and lasting change.