Cardiff Entrepreneur Dan Williams is included in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List 2018

Dan Williams with guide dog Zodiac and tv presenter and comedian Alex Brooker

18 October 2018
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Entrepreneur Dan Williams, founder of Cardiff based Visualise Training and Consultancy, was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at a reception at the South Bank Centre last night (Wednesday 17 October).

The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. More than 700 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE. Kate is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.

Dan grew up in Bath and was educated in mainstream schools before attending the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford. At 22 years old, he launched his business with help from The Prince’s Trust. The company runs training sessions, educating organisations to better assist people with disabilities and has worked with over 700 clients.

Alongside his enabling furry friend Zodiac, Dan uses his experience of gradual sight loss to help organisations become Disability Confident so that inclusion is just ‘business as usual’. The consultancy makes recommendations on what adjustments can be made to support employees with visual impairments as sight loss should not equal job loss.

After identifying a need for improved eyecare referral pathways for patients with low vision, he approached Peter Corbett, CEO of Thomas Pocklington Trust, and embarked on an empowering UK-wide roadshow entitled ‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ supported by the charity. It arms opticians with the knowledge to effectively refer patients to services that will improve their lives and independence. He has also produced an innovative resource pack to ensure no one leaves without a referral for support.

Dan said: “I’m delighted to be included in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List at such an early stage in my career and accept this accolade on behalf of the 2 million people in the UK with sight loss. At the beginning, sight loss feels like the end but later you realise it’s just the start of seeing in a different way and having a new outlook on life. Overcoming my challenges has given me resilience, determination and the ambition needed to be successful.”

In a voluntary capacity Daniel is part of the RNIB Working Age and Transitions steering groups. He is also a Young Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and sits on their Business Launch panels, helping other young people to start their own businesses.

Nick Bell, Interim Chief Executive of Shaw Trust – a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, said: “Congratulations to Dan. The judges were beyond impressed by the standard of nominations but selected the most influential people who are proving that disability or impairment is not a barrier to success. One of our aims for the Disability Power 100 list is to demonstrate to young people that they can achieve their ambitions. At Shaw Trust we work with government, local authorities and employers to support people overcome barriers which hold them back from achieving their potential.”

More information on Visualise Training and Consultancy can be found at http://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/ and the full Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be viewed at http://www.disabilitypower100.com.

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