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    Professor Tom Shakespeare

Professor Tom Shakespeare is a medical sociologist with research interests in disability studies and the ethical aspects of genetics. He has had a long involvement with the disabled people’s movement in UK and internationally. He has also been active in arts and culture, and was a member of Arts Council England from 2003-2008. He is author of Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006) and co-authored The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996). He spent five years at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he developed the World Report on Disability (2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2013). He was also vice-chair of the WHO Ethics Review Committee. In the UK, he founded several disabled people’s organisations; is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and a former member of Arts Council England. He has developed television documentaries and presents A Point of View regularly on BBC Radio 4. He continues to consult to the World Bank, the WHO and other United Nations agencies.


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