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26 & 27
March 2019


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Innovations for the Future of Independent Living

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Speaker profile for Lauren West & Nirav Shah: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: Lauren West & Nirav Shah

Company Name: Tourism for All

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Nirav, born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (a genetic, muscle wasting condition), has always used a wheelchair for his mobility. Travelling both locally and internationally comes with its challenges as a disabled tourist but this hasn’t stopped him. He began volunteering for Tourism for All, a national charity dedicated to providing information and assistance to all disabled tourists and travellers, in 2014 with the aim to improve the experience of travel for everybody.

Lauren has worked for Muscular Dystrophy UK in their Trailblazers team since December 2015. Before this though, Lauren was an active part of the Trailblazers network since their beginning in 2008. Trailblazers is a network of young disabled people who campaign to remove the societal barriers that prevent disabled people living independently. Lauren has been a full-time wheelchair user since age 3 due to the neuromuscular condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She grew up in Wales before moving to Manchester to study Politics at university and then on to Leeds for her MA degree in Disability Studies. After graduating in 2013, Lauren moved to London to work in the third sector and has worked in a variety of sectors like homelessness and mental health. Now though Lauren works full time campaigning on disability rights.

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Seminar Title: Meet the accessible tourism experts

Meet Nirav, one of the driving forces behind Tourism for All, working to make accessible travel better, and Lauren West, Trailblazers Manager, a national network of young disabled people and their supporters, part of Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Learn about their work and travels – from local day trips to wheelchair abseiling! Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to know about accessible travel, and let the experts help you do away with your fears of touring the world.

Public Theatre 2, 14:00 - 14:30, Wednesday 25th.

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