Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact
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Plenary Speaker

Tom Shakespeare

Tom Shakespeare (United Kingdom)
Plenary speech on Monday 9 July 2012

Technical officer, World Health Organization

Dr Shakespeare has an BA, MPhil and PhD in social sciences from the University of Cambridge. His PhD research explored conceptualizations of disability. His subsequent research projects at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle explored sexual rights of disabled people, childhood disability, and quality of life in restricted growth. He has published extensively in disability. Disabled himself, Dr Shakespeare has been active in the disability community for twenty years.

Dr Shakespeare joined the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability in March 2008. He is an author and editor of the World report on disability and is part of the team working on the launch and implementation of the Report. He also supports the Task Force on Disability, a WHO-wide network which aims to remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities and to support mainstreaming of disability in technical programmes. His collaborations across WHO include several projects with the Reproductive Health Research department. Dr Shakespeare is also a member of the WHO Ethics Review Committee.


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