OUR STORY


Atypical Advantage is planet's only Talent platform for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and connects corporates & individuals to talents who are looking for livelihood. It harnesses the power of the collective ecosystem and has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people with disability in this country. Whether it's selling products or art made by them or giving exposure to the talent, Atypical Advantage is a rare gift to the country focusing on abilities of people.


VISION

To generate and develop livelihood opportunities for individuals with disabilities by showcasing their talent and not their disability.


APPROACH


OUR JOURNEY

Having tried to hire a voice over artist and a model with disability out of curiosity for a leading corporate and struggling to find anything, Vineet envisaged a platform where anyone with disability can showcase their talent and everyone can hire them. He was contemplating on the immense employment it could generate and bring a radical shift in mindsets. And this labor of love has turned into a reality with any person with disability in any part of the country having talent can sign up to gain livelihood. Vineet urges corporates, individuals and agencies to look at the talent first and then their Disability.



Meet the team

Vineet Saraiwala
Vineet Saraiwala
Founder & Volunteer

Vineet Saraiwala has transformed how people with disabilities shop across India through pioneering concepts like 'Sabke Liye'. He has pursued his post graduation from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and strongly believes that generation of compassion is the only way to make the world a better place. He is also an avid trekker, marathoner, endurance cyclist and a lifelong volunteer. His Ladakh Marathon story was showcased as a Documentary titled 'Blind people run too' highlighting the abilities of people with disabilities. He has cycled over 5000 km in his tandem bike and is on a mission to transform lives for people with disabilities (PWD) in fundamental ways. He is in gratitude to his brother Anuj for supporting him to make this vision possible.

Merry Barua
Merry Barua
Advisory Board

Merry is the Director of Action For Autism, National Centre for Autism, India. She is an activist, writer, educator and trainer who pioneered the Autism movement in India. She started the first autism specialist school, initiated the first teacher training course, started the journal Autism Network, facilitated the start of services across South Asia, and helped catalyze legislative changes that include autism. Merry has been instrumental in the training of several thousand parents and professionals. She advocates for the rights of persons with autism in education, employment, recreation, among others, as equal citizens of the country. Merry is an Ashoka Fellow, and has received national and international recognition for her work.

Rohan Bhansali
Rohan Bhansali
Advisory Board

Rohan, investment banker turned entrepreneur, is the Co-Founder & Director of Gozoop - India’s largest independent digital agency with presence in India and UAE. Rohan is best known for cultivating a great work environment at Gozoop, which holds a record for the youngest company to feature on the list of India’s Best Companies to Work For as curated by Great Place to Work Institute. Inspired by the book Banker to The Poor by Professor Yunus and a meeting with Nipun Mehta of Service Space, Rohan started the 1SmallStep Foundation - a social business incubator. Through 1SmallStep, Rohan invests in and mentors social businesses that solve social problems mainly focusing on child education and employment.

Sadashiv Nayak
Sadashiv Nayak
Advisory Board

Sadashiv is CEO of Big Bazaar. Prior to Future group he has worked with Hindustan Unilever and Asian Paints. Sadashiv graduated Engineering from NIT, Surathkal and completed his post-graduation in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. He stays in Mumbai with his wife Radhika and twin sons. He played a instrumental role in making shopping accessible to millions of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) across the country.

Shishir Joshi
Shishir Joshi
Advisory Board

Shishir Joshi is the Founder and Chief Executive of Project Mumbai, a not for profit. In July 2020, the United Nations awarded Project Mumbai with the Social Development Goal (SDG) Solidarity Action Award 2020 in recognition of the humanitarian contribution to the fight against COVID 19. Only fifty organisations have been bestowed with this honour globally and Project Mumbai being one of them. The organisation goes by the tagline Mumbai Ke Liye Kuchh bhi Karega and drives change at scale.

Sangeeta Isvaran
Sangeeta Isvaran
Advisory Board

Sangeeta Isvaran, Co-Founder of the Wind Dancers Trust and the Katradi Initiative is a performer-activist who has performed, taught and worked across more than 45 countries with many marginalized communities, such as sex workers, street children, refugees, indigenous communities, landmine victims, people with disabilities, caste and religious conflict and so on. Recipient of many international awards and fellowships (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Asia-Europe Foundation, Prix de la Creation - Enghien-les-Bains), she has received the highest national award for young artists - the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. Creator of the Katradi Method of Empathy Based Social Transformation, Sangeeta is also a Fellow of the International Institute of Conciliation, USA and a Honorary Associate of the Nature Conservation Foundation, India.

Meera Shenoy
Meera Shenoy
Advisory Board

Meera Shenoy is the Founder-CEO, Youth4Jobs, which focuses on mainstreaming youth with disabilities in education and the workplace. The work is challenging but transformational. The work has won several national and international awards. Her inspirational book 'You Can', a Bloomsbury publication was released at the Jaipur Literary festival and is in its third edition. Meera Shenoy does national and international workshops on inclusion around this book. She also runs a portal called Not Just Art which showcases work of artists with disability and has an annual 'Ability' art award with UNESCO. This work will now be done with Atypical Advantage.

Akhilesh Bhargava
Akhilesh Bhargava
Advisory Board

Akhilesh Bhargava is a Business Editor - HW News Network, Chartered Accountant and Economist, Columnist and Author. With strong opinions and takes on things, he believes in raising his voice against injustices and disseminating honest information about things that matter.

Nipun Malhotra
Nipun Malhotra
Advisory Board

Nipun Malhotra is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Nipman Foundation that works in the areas of health and advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. He is a visiting Research Fellow at World Enabled, a Pineda Foundation initiative. He is the Founder Chair of the FICCI D&I Working Group on Empowering Persons with Disability, a member of the CII National Committee on Special Abilities that promotes inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the corporate sector. Nipun is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi School of Economics and the Indian School of Business.

Sharon Ann Sundas
Sharon Ann Sundas
Head - Operations

Sharon is a graduate of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and is a sportsperson, through and through. She is a footballer, swimmer, volleyball player, basketball player and a gym enthusiast. Her compassion, kindness and empathy is what connects her to people and is what intrigued her to work in this space. Her love for dogs has put a desire in her heart to open a dog shelter in the future. She is a lover of nature and colours which also reflects in her personality.

Simran Singh
Simran Singh
Head - Digital Marketing

Simran is a Marketing professional with almost half a decade of experience in the corporate world. From being part of an independent music label to working on digital campaigns for Future Group to doing exhilarating stints in the gaming world, she has done it all. It could be her curiosity or perhaps her volunteering stints for NGOs which led her to explore the world of the Atypical.

Rhea Rachel Charles
Rhea Rachel Charles
Head- Digital Marketing

Rhea is an Economics Graduate of St. Stephen's College, Delhi who has a freedom-loving and relational personality. She believes in empathy and vulnerability being key to creating spaces of trust in a world where there is a serious trust deficit. She loves to go on adventures and explore the hidden beauties of God's creation in nature and in people. A foodie, a counsellor, a bookworm, a detective and a philosopher, Rhea believes that her growing up away from home has shaped her into a person who is fiercely independent and who can adapt to her surroundings quickly. Her curious nature led her to work in the social sector space and she hasn't looked back since.

Sakshi Gupta
Sakshi Gupta
Lead - Atypical Art

Sakshi Gupta belongs to Kanpur & is currently pursuing BBA. She is very enthusiastic and has a hunger for learning new things. She loves to volunteer in the social sector & wants to steer her career in the management arena. Her persuasion skills & ability to bring empathy simultaneously is a very interesting combination when she talks to people.

Vidhi Narula
Vidhi Narula
Lead - Content

Vidhi Narula is a 2nd year student of Journalism and Mass Communication. Residing in Delhi, she has done several internships to gather substantial professional experience. Her grasp and command over the English language is evident in her work as a content writer. She loves reading novels and watching movies and TV shows. She strongly believes in equitable distribution of opportunities to all people. Vidhi is persistently working towards honing her skills and during her journey, she makes all efforts to contribute her bit towards the society.

Aman Pathak
Aman Pathak
Graphic Designer

Aman did his Graduation from IGNOU and is continuously learning on the nuances of Designing. If you interview him, you will certainly reject him because he cannot speak flashy English like the rest of us but when you would scroll through this portfolio you would be in Awe!

Priyanka Pengonda
Priyanka Pengonda
Volunteer

Priyanka is a quick learner and comes with eCommerce and Operations experience. From cycling across the beaches of Goa to riding amidst the scenic Kerala frontier, she has done long distance endurance cycling. She loves traveling and trekking, and is a budding weekend baker. Vineet and Priyanka met on a cycling ride in Mumbai and became good friends for life. An occasional catch up call brought them to work together on this venture and the rest they say is work in progress.

Aditya Sen
Aditya Sen
Volunteer

Aditya has been advocating for Disability Rights since 2017. He led inclusion at Ashoka University ensuring accessibility for students with disabilities on campus. His strength is innovations and research on accessibility. He began his corporate journey with Ernst & Young as a consultant and after two years of working as a consultant, he realized that the world of numbers and excel sheets was not for him and decided to take a huge leap by shifting to a different field altogether – the world of academics. He also writes poetry on the side, does some music and writes for children (he is published with Scholastic India).

Mudita Kejriwal
Mudita Kejriwal
Volunteer

Mudita is a retail veteran with experience of over 8 years in category management. She pursued her MBA from Balaji institute of Modern Management, Pune. She loves travelling, baking and painting. She has started volunteering in her own little ways & hails from Varanasi.

Rimple Dedhia
Rimple Dedhia
Volunteer

Residing in Mumbai, Rimple is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Compassionate Accountant (CA). She extensively works for social causes for Project Mumbai along with her full time corporate job. She always starts with a simple question, 'How could I be of service?'. She goes out of her way to rally for causes which are dear to her.

Divyansh Bhageria
Divyansh Bhageria
Volunteer

Divyansh is an undergraduate, who is fond of plants and environment. He is a hardworking individual with eager to learn more. With an interest in creative writing especially poems and love for our planet, he wishes to take his work forward and make everyone become friends with nature.

Raashi Saraiwala
Raashi Saraiwala
Volunteer

Raashi Saraiwala is a Chartered Accountant and a 3rd level candidate of the CFA(US) Program. Prior to practicing on her own she worked with Goldman Sachs. She has completed her graduation in Finance & Accounting from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Besides being a workaholic, she likes to travel and binge-watch shows on Netflix. She is also compassionate and loves to extend her support to social causes like ‘Dilse’ and ‘Atypical’.

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