Disability and rehabilitation

Invitation to contribute artwork for International perspectives on spinal cord injury

Can you create an image which reflects the global needs and rights of people with spinal cord injury? International perspectives on spinal cord injury is a major international report to be published by WHO and the International Society for Spinal Cord Injury in late 2012. The report covers the global situation regarding spinal cord injury, and addresses such issues as health care; accessible environments, education and employment; and self-esteem and relationships. The report concludes with recommendations for improving services and promoting the participation of people with spinal cord injury in their societies.

WHO is presently seeking an image for the cover of the report. This image could be a drawing, painting, photograph or other image, either abstract or representational, which draws attention to people living with spinal cord injury. The image should be positive, and should promote a sense of the human potential for independence and participation. As the report is international, the image should also be relevant to different global audiences.

This opportunity to contribute artwork is open to individuals with spinal cord injury or other people with experience of disability including parents or siblings. The deadline for receipt of contributions is 20 April 2012. WHO will credit the artist or photographer whose image is chosen for the cover of this publication, and will provide an honorarium of US$ 200 to the creator of the winning entry. WHO requires that the photographer or artist grants WHO a non-exclusive license to use the drawing, painting, photograph or other image for the purposes above and for related advocacy materials. If your image includes another person as a subject, please ensure that you obtain this person’s consent to use his or her likeness, by asking the person to complete the attached “Declaration of Consent” form.

To contribute artwork, or for further information, please contact Rachel Mackenzie (mackenzier@who.int).