International Measurement of Disability

Purpose, Method and Application

  • Barbara M. Altman

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 61)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Origin of the Washington Group and Issues in Disability Data Collection

  3. Census/Survey Questions: Purpose, Process and Testing

  4. Moving Forward: Extended Question Sets and Methodological Advances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Marguerite Schneider, Andres Montes
      Pages 123-135
    3. Roberta Crialesi, Elena De Palma, Alessandra Battisti, Children’s Workgroup
      Pages 151-165
    4. Daniel Mont, Sathi Alur, Mitchell Loeb, Kristin Miller
      Pages 167-181
    5. Emmanuelle Cambois, Carol Jagger, Wilma Nusselder, Herman Van Oyen, Jean-Marie Robine
      Pages 207-229
  5. Conclusions: Outcomes and Place of the Washington Group Measures in International Data

About this book


This volume provides an informed review of the accomplishments of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics (WG) in the provision of international data and statistics on disability. It does so within the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The volume includes a description of the development and testing of a short set of questions for Censuses, now used in approximately 29 countries and recommended in the U.N.’s Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses: The 2020 Round, which includes disability as a core topic to be collected in censuses.  
It discusses the experiences of several countries on the use of the WG questions and how this has impacted on national agendas in the area of disability. It follows the development and testing of an extended set of questions for use in national surveys other than censuses and examines the challenges of translation and the importance of generating comparable question sets in different languages and within different cultures. It studies the examination of cognitive testing techniques in a variety of countries, and presents the results of the first round of censuses in 2010 in countries using the six question set. The volume includes discussions of the new development of question modules on a broad range of child disability and functioning, and the environmental contexts of participation that are part of the current work of the WG. In addition, it contains a reflection on the use of the WG’s functionality approach to identifying disabilities by humanitarian agencies to identify disabilities in populations of displaced persons. A thoughtful conclusion addresses what the development of cross-nationally comparable data can mean for the improvement of circumstances for all persons with disabilities.


Cooperative Testing in South America Cross-national Issues in Disability Discussion of issues associated with measurement among children International Measurement of Disability Measurement of Disability Purpose and Use of Standardized Cross-national Question Sets The Special Case of Children The State of Disability Data The Washington Group on Disability Statistics UN Convention for Persons with Disability United Nations Statistics Division a better world for persons with disabilities a new process of cognitive and field testing aging populations in assisted living and nursing homes childhood disability contrast between developed and developing countries involvement of organizations of persons with disabilities process of working across countries in the UNESCAP project the challenges of measuring childhood disability accurately

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara M. Altman
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington Group SecretariatNational Center for Health StatisticsRockvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28496-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28498-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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