Harrow community activist honoured

asifAsif Iqbal MBE, president of Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club, is on the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List, an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.
His place was announced at a recent Shaw Trust reception held at the South Bank Centre.
The Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE, leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups.
Delighted with the honour, Mr Iqbal said, “It took me by surprise, I couldn’t believe it. I am honoured to be recognised for my public services. It has always been my belief and value to support and empower others, enabling them to have a voice in accessing to services and influencing the decision makers. Being Deaf, I have overcome several barriers in my life journey, I have greater empathy and encourage others to work together for better changes and achieve their full potential.”
Asif Iqbal, born deaf, has been extensively working with local and central government as well as with a number of community organisations to increase representation of and remove barriers for deaf and disabled people.
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 Asif Iqbal. 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” Mr Bell added.