The Toronto Launch of the 1st WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability

The Toronto Launch of the 1st WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability takes place on Friday January 27, 2012 from 12-2pm at the William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Willcocks Street.  This event, organized by Professor Stephanie Nixon, features keynote speaker Dr. Tom Shakespeare.  Dr. Tom 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 will bring 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.

This event is co-hosted by the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation, the Canadian Network on Disability and Development,  and the University of Toronto Comparative Program on Health and Society.

Registration is full, however a live webcast will be available.

Questions by e-mail ( or Twitter (#wrpwd) are welcomed! Questions received in advance will be reviewed by panelists.