Disability Policy Unit Head, Swiss Paraplegic Research
Steering Committee member, ICF Research Branch
Department of Health Sciences & Health Policy at the University of Lucerne
Dr. Jerome Bickenbach, PhD, LL.B is a full professor in the Department of Philosophy and Faculties of Law and Medicine at Queen's University. He is the author of Physical Disability and Social Policy (1993) and the co-editor of Introduction to Disability (1998), Disability and Culture: Universalism and Diversity (2000), A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making (2001), Quality of Life and Human Difference (2003) and numerous articles and chapters in disability studies, focusing on the nature of disability and disability law and policy. He is a content editor of Sage Publications' proposed 5 volume Encyclopaedia of Disability. Since 1995 he has been a consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO) working on the revision of the ICIDH to the final draft leading to the ICF. Prof. Bickenbach has participated in nearly all revision activities, and continues to consult with WHO on ICF dissemination and international disability social policy. His research is in disability studies, using qualitative and quantitative research techniques within the paradigm of participatory action research. Most recently his research includes disability quality of life and the disability critique, disability epidemiology, universal design and inclusion, modelling disability statistics for population health surveys, the relationship between disability and health, and the ethics and the application of ICF to monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a lawyer, Prof. Bickenbach was a human rights litigator, specializing in anti-discrimination for persons with intellectual impairments and mental illness.