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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Welcome to week one, where we will introduce some of the key concepts, information, and discussions around disability and its importance in the development agenda. Our first activity introduces our course and provides an opportunity for you to introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you and seeing where you live.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsMYROSLAVA TATARYN: We will then introduce disability by describing what it is and how common it is, and highlight why disability matters to the global health agenda. We will hear personal perspectives from people with disabilities and introduce three individual case studies that we will revisit throughout the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Our third activity will explore what disability means and how disability is understood and can be measured in global health. Finally, we will consider common impairments like visual, hearing, and physical impairments, and how they relate to disability. I hope you're as excited as we are. And we look forward to your participation and discussions. So now let's get started.

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome to Week 1. Now that we have introduced the course and you have had a chance to introduce yourselves, let’s begin learning about disability and global health!

For the rest of this week we will focus on introducing what disability means, and why it is so important to the global development agenda.

What will we learn?

In our activities for the rest of this week we will:

  • Describe the magnitude of disability and highlight the relevance of disability to the global development agenda

  • Explain how disability is understood in a global health framework

  • Explain what disability is and how it can be measured

We really encourage you to share your reflections and experiences with your fellow learners throughout the course of this first week. We will be joining your discussions throughout the steps in the Comments area. We will summarise and clarify any key points in discussions in a summary document that will be added to Step 1.20 at the end of Week 1.

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Global Health and Disability

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine