LONDON – Reed Smith London associate Vaibhav Adlakha was featured in a Channel 4 film highlighting the concerns many people with disabilities have about how they are perceived in the workplace.

The powerful two-minute clip, which went live at 10:30am today, was created to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the worldwide #PurpleLightUp campaign on 3 December.

The film, which includes The Last Leg presenter Adam Hills, features Vaibhav as well as employees from BT, HSBC UK, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds of London, Nationwide Building Society, Scope, Virgin Media and Channel 4. Each gives an insight into the extra worries they have to deal with. 

“The film is the epitome of the quote by Samuel Beckett, ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’ It highlights the fears of people with disabilities and the negative outlook that affects their confidence due to constant rejection,” said Vaibhav, an associate in Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group based in London, who was born with cerebral palsy with visual motor perception.

Vaibhav added: “Reed Smith played a vital role in my development and provided support at every stage of my training, for both physical and mental adjustments. This included providing an assistant, special software and mechanics, but – most importantly – understanding and flexibility.

“At every stage, Reed Smith helped and guided me to perform at my best. They’re the firm that supported my journey from disability to ability. Nothing is impossible for me now. My success is their success.”