1st WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability

The Toronto Launch of the 1st WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability took place on Friday January 27, 2012.  This event, organized by Dr, Stephanie Nixon, featured keynote speaker Dr. Tom Shakespeare.  Dr. Shakespeare is the editor of the World Report on Disability. He has published extensively in disability studies and bioethics, including The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996) and Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006). Disabled himself, Dr. Shakespeare has been active in the disability community for 20 years. Dr. Shakespeare joined the World Health Organization’s Disability and Rehabilitation Team in 2008.

The World Report on Disability is the first of its kind, providing guidance on implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and giving an extensive global picture of the situation of people with disabilities, their unmet needs, and the barriers they face to participating fully in their societies. This panel brought together Dr. Shakespeare, the lead author of the report, with key disability activists to discuss the report and its implications for Canada’s domestic and global responsibilities towards people with disabilities.

Dr. Nixon was also on on CBC Radio Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on Friday January 27, 2012 to discuss the World Report on Disability. You can listen to the conversation between Dr. Nixon and Matt Galloway, One Billion Disabled, on Metro Morning’s website.