Addressing the needs and rights of persons with disabilities

25 February 2011

Internationally acclaimed scholar in the disability field, Professor Tom Shakespeare, will dissect the idea of 'mainstreaming disability' at a public lecture to be held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 3 March.

His books include the groundbreaking work The Sexual Politics of Disability(1996)andDisability Rights and Wrongs (2006), which challenged the notion of disability based wholly on social construction.

Professor Shakespeare is an outspoken critic of popular assumptions surrounding disability, and has been a major contributor to the BBC's Ouch! website, which is a site that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people.

"Many government agencies, NGOs and disabled people's organisations currently aim to mainstream disability," says Professor Shakespeare. "But what does this actually mean in practice?"

Professor Shakespeare will explore the answer to this question by drawing on his own experiences and his work with the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Taskforce on Disability in removing barriers and addressing the needs and rights of persons with disabilities.

The discussion will bring together disability theory and practical ideas and explore differing circumstances ranging from Australia's high income context though to low income settings in the Asia Pacific Region.

An Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences, Tom Shakespeare has researched and taught in the field of disability studies, medical sociology and bioethics at the Universities of Cambridge, Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle (UK). He currently works at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he is one of the editors on the forthcoming World Report on Disability.

Event details

What: Public Lecture: Mainstreaming Disability in Health & Development
When: 5.30 - 7.00pm, Thursday 3 March
Where: Auditorium 101, Sydney Law School, Camperdown Campus

Registrations: Visit the Faculty of Health Sciences website

Contact: Ann Bengele

Phone: 9351 9123