About the Symposium

The University of Sydney and co-sponsor the World Health Organisation (WHO) are pleased to announce a symposium on ‘The World Report on Disability: Implications for Asia and the Pacific’ to be held on 5 & 6 December 2011, at the University of Sydney.

Why a Symposium?

The World Report on Disability, jointly published by WHO and the World Bank and released on 9 June 2011, provides an extensive review of the situation of people with disabilities around the world and the inequalities they experience. It also offers recommendations that can be adopted by nation states, communities, organisations and individuals, to work toward the attainment of human rights and participation for all, in line with the moral and legal framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The University of Sydney is vitally interested in the Report and its implications. We wish 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 Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Co-Sponsor WHO and the University also wish to promote discussion of the Report’s implications for research into policy and practice. What are the gaps in research? What research is happening around the region today which might fill these gaps? The University’s leaders are committed to enhancing our own multidisciplinary research, as well as to improving our own standards of access, understanding and inclusiveness.
Each thematic session was comprised of short presentations followed by facilitated discussions.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to host this symposium in co-sponsorship with WHO and look forward to furthering the objectives of the Sydney Commitment on Disability Research.