Hi, I'm Shani Dhanda.

I'm passionate about representation and everyday equality.
I'm a social entrepreneur, disability rights advocate and culture change agent

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BIOGRAPHY

Shani is an award-winning international event manager, global voyager, disability role model and campaigner.
 

Shani was born with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as Brittle Bones, affecting one in every 15,000 people in the UK. This condition is characterised by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause. Though fragile bones are the hallmark of OI, other medical problems also stem from this condition, the most obvious being a short stature and Shani is 3'10''.
 

Shani attended a special needs primary school as no mainstream school in the 1980’s could deal with such a unpredictable condition. Over her childhood she spend many summers in hospital with broken leg after broken leg, After learning to walk again for the sixth time, Shani undertook pioneering treatment to strengthen her bone density and multiple surgeries in her teenage years. 
 

In 2011, Miss Dhanda graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Event and Venue Management, her dissertation around barriers to accessible leisure was published by an American charity. Upon graduation she was the first student in her class to be offered an event management job, with a Royal Institute as well as winning an award from her University.
 

Having organised and hosted many events through her career, Shani is also 
an accomplished speaker delivering talks at hospitals to medical
professionals, conferences, universities and schools as part of her efforts to
challenge perceptions and change attitudes around disability, especially in
Asian communities. With mainstream media throwing out images of
unattainable perfection, lacking any social and cultural relevance to ethnic
minority communities, raising awareness around disability and diversity is

Shani’s passion.
 

Now at 30, Shani is a role model for the UK’s national disability charity
Scope and an ambassador for the national disability charity for Black
Asian Ethnic Minorities, Include Me Too.

Shani has raised over £400,000 for through organising fundraising events

with local charities and support groups. With a huge passion for

adventure, Shani has travelled to 28 countries and recently returned from
solo travelling around India. You can keep up to date with her adventures at
#ShaniTravels

In August 2017 Shani founded the Diversability Card, the UK's official
discount card for people with disabilities. The scheme is the first of it's kind
for people with disabilities and been well received across the country with
plans for global expansion.

 

Shani is a catalyst for inspiration with strong ability to engage intellectually and emotionally with any audience on subjects such as adversity, success, inclusion, and equality & diversity.

 
 

SERVICES

SPEAKING

As someone living with a rare genetic condition and a short stature of 3'10'', Shani shares her journey and life lessons helping to inspire, motivate and transform the way her audiences think. Shani enjoys talking in schools particularly around ending the awkwardness around disability.
As a blogger, Shani writes about topics including her life story, inclusion, equality and diversity. 

WRITING

Shani gives her time to a number of charities and advisory board roles, and is always happy to share knowledge.

ADVISORY

 

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Channel 4 News
 
Following the release of Scope's 'Let's Talk' report about disabled people's experiences of talking about an impairment or condition at work, Shani was asked to share her experiences with Channel 4 News.
 
Virgin Media 
 
Shani talks to Virgin Media about the Diversability Card, the UK's first discount card for people with disabilities.
 
 

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