The World Report on Disability:
Implications For Asia And The Pacific
Symposium hosted by the University of Sydney and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO)
5 & 6 December 2011, University of Sydney
The first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish.
The University of Sydney wishes to see the potential of the Report realised and, with this symposium, offered a forum for free, open and vigorous discussion of the Report and its implications for the Asia Pacific region.
WHO and the University also wish to promote ongoing discussion of the Report’s implications for research into policy and practice. As such we encourage you to share the statement resulting from this symposium - the Sydney Commitment on Disability Research – with your colleagues.
The photographs used in the website banner are courtesy of WHO and are awarded photographs from the WHO photo contests ‘Images of Health and Disability 2003 & 2005’
1)“BLIND MOVES” by Main Uddin; 2)“HARVEST HANDICAP” by Robert Joiner; 3)“DISABLED BUT WEB-ABLED” by Angelo Jacinto; 4)“JOY OF LEARNING” by G.M.B. Akash; 5)“SHORE OF LIFE” by Bernard Franck