Disability at a Glance 2012

Strengthening the Evidence Base in Asia and the Pacific

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With the conclusion of the Asia and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, and the proclamation of the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific members and associate members and key stakeholders have a unique opportunity to accelerate action towards realizing the vision of a disability-inclusive society that protects, empowers and ensures equality for the 650 million persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. This fourth edition of Disability at a Glance draws the attention of policy makers and key stakeholders involved in disability policy and programme designs to the needs of improving the quality of disability data and of enhancing the evidence base.



Interpreting disability prevalence data

The purpose of this Chapter is to discuss the main parameters that affect disability prevalence as reported by ESCAP members and associate members. It reviews disability models, frameworks and data collection methods. It also uses an example of two countries from the region, Australia and Lao People's Democratic Republic, to illustrate how different approaches to defining and measuring disability may generate different disability prevalence outcomes.


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