Washington Group on Disability Statistics

Third Meeting

February 19-20, 2004. Brussels, Belgium.



The third meeting of the WG has been rescheduled and will take place February 19-20, 2004, in Brussels, Belgium. Due to the unforeseen circumstances that made it impossible to meet as originally scheduled and the need to meet as soon as possible, the planning committee determined that the third meeting should take the form of a strategic meeting. The agenda will be somewhat abbreviated but will focus on two very important issues for the WG.

At the conclusion of the second Meeting of the WG, there was agreement that a position paper should be developed to identify the purpose/s that a general disability measure should address. The paper has been developed and will be presented for discussion at the meeting. Formal comments will be requested. Agreement on the issues in the paper will form the basis for identifying future activities for the WG. The second major agenda item will be a discussion of a governance plan for the WG. A position paper dealing with the structure and operational guidelines for the Group is being prepared. This proposal will also be discussed and amended as needed by the meeting attendees. The results of the discussion of these two papers will determine/prioritize the immediate future work of the WG including the clear delineation of “next steps”.

The meeting room is located in the Federale Overheidsdienst Statistiek en Economische Informatie (National Institute for Statistics), Rue de Louvain/Leuvense weg 44/46, B-1000 Brussels. There will not be a conference hotel, and meeting participants will be responsible for making there own hotel arrangements. An interactive map Web site and a hotel Web site have been provided below to assist meeting participants with travel arrangements. Please check the WG Web site frequently for meeting updates.


Detailed Meeting Program


Day 1

  • Session 1 – Welcoming remarks; introduction from the EU Policy Department; review of developments since last meeting; and review of objectives and agenda.
  • Session 2 – Based on the disability measurement matrix, a “position paper” will be presented proposing the selection of 1-2 purposes that a general disability measure should address and providing a rationale for the choice of purpose/s based on relevance across countries with respect to policy and feasibility of implementation with special attention to international comparability of data. Presentation of the proposal will be followed by formal commentary and open discussion.

Day 2

  • Session 3 – In order to be effective in accomplishing the main objectives of the WG and in order to produce tangible and useable end products, it has become increasingly apparent that an organizational plan for the structure and operation of the WG is needed. These organizational issues reflect group governance. A plan for governance of the WG will be proposed followed by open discussion.
  • Session 4 – Outline the next steps.



Papers and Presentations


Executive Summary



Didier Dupré
Eurostat Unit D6 “Health and food safety”
Unité D6 “Santé et sécurité alimentaire”
Health statistics / statistiques de Santé
BECH D2-723
L-2920 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 4301 35034
Fax: +352 4301 35399
Email: didier.dupre@cec.eu.int

Marleen De Smedt
European Commission – Eurostat
Bech D2/733
L2920 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 4301 33613
Fax: +352 4301 35399
Email: marleen.desmedt@cec.eu.int