In Six Degrees of Dignity, lawyer and human rights activist David Shannon examines the issues of equality and the
promotion of dignity for persons with a disability. As a person with quadriplegia, the result of a spinal cord injury at age 18, David offers much more than a legal or academic perspective to the issues. He identifies the social and attitudinal
barriers still present in Canadian society today, and cites the factors needed to reverse the process of exclusion.
Now internationally recognized as the program that will bring true inclusion into society of all persons with a disability, Six Degrees of Dignity is essential reading for professors and students in the area of law and social sciences, persons with disabilities, disability group leaders, lawyers, advocates and policy advisors. It is profound reading also for each of us interested in the dignity of all human beings.
In 1997, at the age of 34, David Shannon took his wheelchair 9,000 kilometres across Canada to promote empowerment for disenfranchised communities and greater social inclusion for all Canadians. David is the recipient of
many awards and honours, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his commitment to human rights and community
service. He was founding chair of the Accessibility Advisory Council of Ontario, and a member of the Ontario Human
Rights Tribunal. He continues to sit on numerous boards and committees, among them, the Canadian Association of
Independent Living Centres and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.