Washington Group on Disability Statistics
February 18-20, 2002: Washington, DC
The first session provided a welcome and review of the conclusions from the original meeting, United Nations International Seminar on the Measurement of Disability, as well as goal setting for the first meeting.
- Meeting Organization [PPT - 39 KB], presented by Jennifer Madans
- UN International Seminar on Measurement of Disability June 2001 [PPT - 72 KB], presented by Barbara Altman
Select attendees, representing both developed and developing nations, described disability measurement in their societies.
- Information Needs and ICF: Italian Experience, presented by Elena De Palma [PPT - 115 KB]
- Disability: The Case of Hungary [PPT - 51 KB], presented by Éva Gárdos
The ICF model and its relationship to disability measures was discussed.
- The ICF and Statistics on Disability and Health [PPT - 619 KB], presented by Marguerite Schneider
- Overview and Recent Developmental Work in Europe [PPT - 286 KB], presented by Emmanuelle Cambois (Euro-Reves)
- The ICF Model and Survery-Instruments, presented by Niels Rasmussen [PPT - 103 KB]
Concepts, definitions, and classifications of disability were reviewed as well as the suggested approach to collecting data on disability in censuses.
- Revising the United Nations Census Recommendations on Disability [PDF - 150 KB], by Margaret Mbogoni and Angela Me, United Nations Statistics Division [PPT - 80 KB]
This session focused on the types and numbers of questions that could be useful in census formats. The impact of the cut point associated with limited questions on estimates of disability was of particular concern.
- Australian Experience in Developing Disability Questions for the Census [PPT - 130 KB], presented by Joanne Hillerman
- Disability Census Questions, the Perspective of Developing Countries [PDF - 90 KB], by Margaret Mbogoni, United Nations Statistics Division
This session examined the relationship of disability measures currently in use to the ICF.
- Global Measures of Disability: Statistics Canada’s Experience So Far... [PDF - 56 KB], by Renee Langlois, Statistics Canada
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- ABS Approach to Collecting Disability Data and Relationship to the ICF [PDF - 30 KB]: A joint paper prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), presented by Joanne Hillermann [PPT - 130 KB]
This session explored the identification of disability and whether the lack of specification of assistive device use alters a true count of what is happening within a population. Does the lack of accurate consideration of all devices and their use compromise our measures? How does this impact on global indicators?
- Exploring the Impact of Assistive Device Use on Disability Measurement [PPT - 125 KB], presented by Jennifer Madans
What are the Unique Cultural Practices that Influence the Nature of the Environment or Prescribe or Proscribe Participation?
To ask participation questions in a culture that prohibits certain types of participation to certain members of the population is an exercise in futility. These presentations address the cultural attitudes within which the questions must be framed. Does this problem constitute a barrier to collecting comparable data?
- Cultural Practices and Environment and Participation Assessment [PPT - 138 KB], presented by Marguerite Schneider
What are the Unique Cultural Issues that Act as Barriers to Collecting Data? Are There Common Barriers to Data Collection that Occur Cross-Culturally?
- Language and Cultural Issues in Surveys of the European Union [PDF - 99 KB], presented by H. Van Oyen, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussel [PPT - 63 KB]
- Disability Related Question in Indian Census [PPT - 148 KB], submitted by V.M. Tamhane
- Summary Report to the UN Statistical Commission (33rd Session met March 5-8, 2002)
- Final Report of the First Meeting [PDF - 80 KB]
- The Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health