DRF News

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

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012 (12-2pm)

Live webcast available at: http://hosting.epresence.tv/MUNK/1/live/200.aspx

Venue: University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto. Map available here.  

Limited space available – please register at: http://www.munk.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=11608

Description: 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. There are over one billion people with disabilities in the world and this report provides a welcome focus on this pressing global health and social justice issue. This panel will bring together 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.  Report available here.

Keynote address: 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.


  • Dr. Janice Stein, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs
  • David Lepofsky, CM, OOnt, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
  • Dr. Stephanie Nixon, Academic Director, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation

This session is free. This venue is accessible for people with mobility limitations.  ASL/English interpreters and CART services (captioning for hard of hearing) available.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of cbm (www.cbmcanada.org) and the Canadian Hearing Society (www.chs.ca).

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