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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

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Jun 10, 2024

Aashna Parikh is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant and inclusive marketing specialist based in India. Living with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities, she has consulted and collaborated with Forbes-listed and Fortune 500 companies across diverse sectors such as Fintech, Sustainability, Agriculture, and Technology. A strong advocate for neurodiversity, disability, and gender, she examines these issues through an intersectional lens.  

During this episode, you will hear Aashna talk about:

  • What was it like growing up and going to school with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities
  • Living with disabilities in a world where people tell her she “doesn’t look disabled”
  • The type of work that she does as a DEI consultant
  • Her thoughts on DEI through an intersectional lens
  • How DEI is addressed in different countries
  • Her advice for requesting accommodations at work and in job interviews

Connect with Aashna on LinkedIn or via email at aashnacparikh at gmail.com .

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