FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ANJANETTE D. “ANJIE” SHELBY’S BIO

Anjanette D. "" Shelby is a native Washingtonian, born with a form polio in the mid ‘60s, which affects her left side. She has very limited use of her left hand and walks with the aid of a leg brace and/or cane and has a very profound limb. Ms. Shelby understands and sympathizes with the plight and/or stereotypes the disabled go through in their daily lives.

Ms. Shelby started Belifield because after “aging out” of services at DC General Crippled Hospital she faced challenges in finding services to aid her with disabilities. Not until 1993, her mother nor herself had the knowledge that she was eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A year after her father’s death, who strive to the end to ensure that his daughter could compete in this world, despite the prejudges the world heard about persons with disabilities.

I found Disability Start-Up Network (DSN) a good place to network with other people in the disability community who are looking and/or how they’re in business. A place where we can possibly get answers to the challenges, we face in starting our own business, and celebrate the accomplishments made.

Ms. Shelby has a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Management from The University of the District of Columbia. During that time, she also became certified in Mental Health First Aid. Ms. Shelby is also the Community Management Coordinator for the Disability Start-Up Network, and on the Auxiliary Board of the DC Commission on Person with Disabilities. In October 2019, received a Certificate of Completion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator Certification Program.

It is Ms. Shelby's desire to educate individuals on how people with disabilities want and should be treated.