Category: Data & Research on People with Disabilities

Various pages of the Global Disability Rights Library contain rights-focused research. Please see that library for more information.
  • Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education
    • The Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership In Research and Education (AASPIRE) brings together the academic community and the autistic community to develop and perform research projects relevant to the needs of adults on the autism spectrum. Our partnership adheres to the principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), whereby academics and community members serve as equal partners throughout the research process.
  • Access to Education & Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities: An Overview of the Situation in Central & Eastern Europe
    • This paper provides a general overview of the situation of people with intellectual disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on access to education and employment, and suggests steps to address barriers to social inclusion. PDF Format.
  • Americans With Disabilities: 2005
    • This report provides estimates of the socioeconomic characteristics of people with disabilities. In addition, since many of the programs and policies target specific groups, this report provides estimates for different categories of disability. PDF format.
  • Beyond DALYs: Developing Indicators to Assess the Impact of Public Health Interventions on the Lives of People with Disabilities
    • This paper presents two indicators for use in assessing the impact of public health interventions on the lives of people with disabilities. They address a gap in the Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY) approach which is not sensitive to changes in people’s functional status resulting from interventions that do not change an underlying medical diagnosis. Household data from Zambia are used to explore the potential usefulness of these measures.
  • Case Studies: Ethiopia
    • The purpose of this case study was to gather information about the quantity and quality of disability research being produced in Ethiopia.
  • Case Studies: Malawi
    • The overall aim of this study was to investigate the extent of disability inclusion, on the agenda of national development initiatives.
  • Case Studies: Sierra Leone
    • The purpose of this case study was to gather information about the quantity and quality of disability research being produced in Sierra Leone.
  • Case Studies: Uganda
    • The purpose of this case study was to gather information about the quantity and quality of disability research being produced in Uganda.
  • Community and Individual Responses to Disablement in South Asian Histories: Old Traditions, New Myths?
    • Documented histories of South Asian societies provide evidence that disabled people played various roles in families and communities, sometimes with a good deal of independence. The commonest responses have been top-down, charitable or restrictive; yet some evidence challenges the stereotypes and suggests that disablement historically evoked a wider range of responses and initiative.
  • Direct Payments Schemes for People with Disabilities: A Summary Guide
    • The aims of this guide are to provide a range of stakeholders (disabled people, service providers, community and voluntary groups and statutory agencies) with information on what direct payments are; to create awareness of the concept of direct payments; and to commence the process of lobbying for the introduction of a direct payments pilot research programme.
  • Disability and Retirement: The Early Exit of Baby Boomers from the Labor Force
    • This paper examines the characteristics of men and women who leave the labor force before reaching age 62 and analyzes their income sources given that they no longer work for pay.
  • Disability in Kazakhstan: An Evaluation of Official Data
    • This research paper attempts to create an historical picture of disability in Kazakhstan by analyzing government population statistics and studying the evolution of disability determination procedure in the former Soviet Union and independent Kazakhstan.
  • Disability Information Reports
    • Books and articles about various disability issues.
  • Mental Health Research Findings
    • This program brief presents findings from a cross-section of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-supported extramural and intramural research projects on mental health, which were published between 2007 and 2009. PDF format.
  • Poverty and Intellectual Disability in Europe
    • This study attempted to capture the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families with respect to aspects of monetary poverty such as low income, resulting from various income-related programmes or unemployment and non-monetary poverty. PDF format.
  • Project Appraisal of the DISACARE Wheel Chair Center in Lusaka, Zambia
    • This case study examines the DISACARE Wheel Chair Center as social investment in addressing the needs of the people with disabilities in Zambia. PDF format.
  • Social Analysis and Disability: A Guidance Note
    • This note is a practical guide to integrating social analysis and disability-inclusive development into sector and thematic projects. It provides an easy-to-access resource for the social analysis of disability. It also examines disability via sectors and cross-cutting issues. This note demonstrates how to ensure disability-inclusive development in the project cycle.
  • Socio economic aspects of blindness and visual impairment
    • An analysis of the global distribution of visual impairment shows a disproportionately large prevalence in low-income developing countries.
  • Statistics and Databases
    • Labour statistics play an essential role in the efforts of member States to achieve decent work for all and for the ILO's support of these efforts. These statistics are needed for the development and evaluation of policies towards this goal and for assessing progress towards decent work.
  • Toward a Politics of Disability: Definitions, Disciplines, and Policies.
    • The purpose of this study is to examine the values contained in three major definitions of disability, to examine the policy implications of each of these definitions, and to appraise the extent to which research in various disciplines of the social sciences has facilitated or impeded the development of a new conceptualization of the issue.
  • World Report on Disability - Chapter 9: The Way Forward: Recommendations
    • This document is the final chapter in the World Report on Disability. It summarizes the report's findings and also makes final recommendations intended to assist stakeholders in addressing the barriers faced by people with disabilities. PDF format.
  • World Report on Disability Summary
    • A summary of the World Report on Disability, published by the WHO and the World Bank. This report offers the main messages and recommendations on issues such as education, employment, health, and more for people with disabilities around the world. PDF format.