Our December newsletter reviews 2016: the activities undertaken by the GDA and its members, reflects on International Day of Persons with Disabilities and looks forward to our January meeting when we are privileged to have our Guest speaker Professor Anna Lawson joins us from the UK, Thursday 12th January – you will need to register for the event by emailing me please.
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We are working in Partnership with Enable Jersey and Guernsey Blind Association to bring Anna over but still looking for a sponsor to cover the PR, room and catering costs, please contact me if you would like to get involved in this event.
Professor Anna Lawson
Professor Lawson is the first blind woman to be appointed to a Chair in Law. She has a strong focus on Equality and Human Rights. She is appointed to the Disability Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is one of the leading disability law scholars in the world. Her work in the field has been academically ground-breaking, as well as having significant practical impact on the lives of disabled people. She is coordinator of the accessibility strand of the EU Academic Network of Experts on Disability (ANED) and also participated in the ad hoc committee which drafted the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Professor Lawson adds “I have played lead roles in a range of interdisciplinary national and multinational research projects, eg for NHS England, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European commission. I have delivered papers in over 30 countries and regularly advise national and international organisations on disability issues. Outside academia, I currently work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (as a member of the statutory Disability Committee for England, Scotland and Wales), China Vision (to which I am an advisor) and Justice (of which I am a Council member)”