Disabilities and rehabilitation

Model Disability Survey

The Model Disability Survey (MDS) is a general population survey that provides detailed and nuanced information on the lives of people with disability. It allows direct comparison between groups with differing levels and profiles of disability, including comparison to people without disability. The evidence resulting from the MDS will help policy-makers identify which interventions are required to maximize the inclusion and functioning of people with disability.

Why is the MDS needed?

To implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2008), countries need reliable data and evidence. The CRPD therefore requires Governments to collect statistical and research data to identify and address barriers faced by people with disability, to formulate and implement policies, and to help assess progress implementing States Parties obligations under the Convention (CRPD, Article 31).

Currently there is no standardized instrument for data collection on disability that provides comprehensive and systematic documentation of all aspects of functioning in a population. Existing data focus mainly on impairment or activity limitation and do not provide the evidence base needed for effective public policy that improves the well-being of people with disability. Findings from the MDS will help to address these gaps.

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