Student Bal shares her experience as disability rights campaigner

"Being a keynote speaker is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been to lots of conferences through my role as Disabled Students' Officer with the National Union of Students and was massively inspired by comedian Francesca Martinez, who was a keynote speaker at one of those conferences and who has Cerebral Palsy."

Bal Deol, Masters student

Staffordshire University student Bal Deol has spoken of her delight at being invited to deliver a keynote speech at a conference for disability charity Scope UK.

Bal, who is studying for a Masters in Strategic Human Resources, will be among the main speakers at the Scope for Change conference in Loughborough on Saturday where she will be giving an audience of young people the benefit of her experience as a campaigner for disability and student rights.

She said: “Being a keynote speaker is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been to lots of conferences through my role as Disabled Students' Officer with the National Union of Students and was massively inspired by comedian Francesca Martinez, who was a keynote speaker at one of those conferences and who has Cerebral Palsy. Although I’m not allowed to swear, I am living the dream right now and am really looking forward to it.”

Earlier this year Bal won a landmark case against a taxi driver who refused to give her a lift because of her wheelchair. Her campaign began much earlier when she worked with BBC’s Inside Out to highlight the issue of wheelchair users being made to pay higher fares.

Scope for Change is the campaigning arm of the national charity which supports young disabled people to create, plan and run their own campaigns.

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