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Model Disability Survey - Brief version

World Health Organization (WHO) & The World Bank (WB), Eds.: WHO, (2017)

Model Disability Survey - Brief survey - The Model Disability Survey (MDS) is a general population survey that provides detailed and nuanced information about how people with and without disabilities conduct their lives and the difficulties they encounter, regardless of any underlying health condition or impairment. The MDS helps Member States identify the barriers that contribute to the problems people encounter, which, in turn, helps guide policy and service development. The MDS can also contribute to monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Model disability survey (Brief Version)

World Health Organization (WHO) & The World Bank (WB), Eds.: WHO, (2018)

Accessed online July 2018

Model disability survey (MDS): survey manual

World Health Organization (WHO) & The World Bank (WB), Eds.: WHO, (2017)

The World Health Organization's Model Disability Survey (MDS) Manual is a tool to help implement the MDS in countries and to improve the quality of the interview process. This manual is intended to provide practical information about the survey instruments and their use during interviews. This manual is to be used as a training tool for interviewers when administering the questionnaire.

Capturing the difference we make - Community-based Rehabilitation Indicators Manual

International Disability Development Consortium (IDDC) & World Health Organisation (WHO), Eds.: WHO, (2015)

WHO and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) have worked together to develop the indicators presented in this manual that capture the difference CBR makes in the lives of people with disability in the communities where it is implemented. This manual presents these (base and supplementary) indicators and provides simple guidance on collecting the data needed to inform them. The indicators have been developed to show the difference between people with disability and their families and those without disability in relation to the information reported in the indicators. This comparability provides valuable information to CBR managers, donors and government agencies alike, which can be used to guide decision making, support advocacy and improve accountability. Further, the ability of the indicators to provide a comparison of the populations of people with disability to Persons without disability aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (CRPD), which states that people with disability have equal rights to those without disabilities.

How to use the ICF: A practical manual for using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Exposure draft for comment.

World Health Organization (WHO), (2013)

The ICF Practical Manual provides information on how to use ICF. Anyone interested in learning more about use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF, WHO 2001) may benefit from reading this Practical Manual. The ICF is presently used in many different contexts and for many different purposes around the world. It can be used as a tool for statistical, research, clinical, social policy, or educational purposes and applied, not only in the health sector, but also in sectors such as insurance, social security, labour, education, economics, policy or legislation development, and the environment. People interested in functioning and disability and seeking ways to apply the ICF should find the contents of this Practical Manual helpful. The Practical Manual provides a range of information on how to apply ICF in various situations. It is built on the acquired expertise, knowledge and judgement of users in their respective areas of work, and is designed to be used alongside the ICF itself, which remains the primary reference.

Measuring Health and Disability - Manual for WHO Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0)

Üstün, T.B., Kostanjsek, N., Chatterji, S. & Rehm, J., Eds.: WHO, (2010)

This manual summarizes the methodology used to develop WHODAS 2.0 and the findings obtained when the schedule was applied to certain areas of general health, including mental and neurological disorders. The manual will be useful to any researcher or clinician wishing to use WHODAS 2.0 in their practice. It includes the seven versions of WHODAS 2.0, which differ in length and intended mode of administration. It also provides general population norms; these allow WHODAS 2.0 values for certain subpopulations to be compared with those for the general population.


World Health Organization / United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific , Eds.: United Nations, (2008)

WHO/ESCAP Training Manual on Disability Statistics | This training manual intends to enhance the understanding of the ICF-based approach to disability measurement. It provides an overview of the ICF framework as well as guidelines on how to operationalize the underlying concepts of functioning and disability into data collection, dissemination and analysis.

ICF CHECKLIST: Version 2.1a, Clinician Form: for International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

World Health Organization (WHO), (2003)

This is a checklist of major categories of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization . The ICF Checklist is a practical tool to elicit and record information on the functioning and disability of an individual. This information can be summarized for case records (for example, in clinical practice or social work). The checklist should be used along with the ICF or ICF Pocket version.

Towards a Common Language for Functioning, Disability and Health: ICF (The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health)

World Health Organization (WHO), (2002)

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, known more commonly as ICF, provides a standard language and framework for the description of health and health-related states. Like the first version published by the World Health Organization for trial purposes in 1980, ICF is a multipurpose classification intended for a wide range of uses in different sectors. It is a classification of health and health-related domains -- domains that help us to describe changes in body function and structure, what a person with a health condition can do in a standard environment (their level of capacity), as well as what they actually do in their usual environment (their level of performance). These domains are classified from body, individual and societal perspectives by means of two lists: a list of body functions and structure, and a list of domains of activity and participation. In ICF, the term functioning refers to all body functions, activities and participation, while disability is similarly an umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. ICF also lists environmental factors that interact with all these components.

Module on child functioning

UNICEF / Washington Group on Disability Statistics, (2017)

The Washington Group/UNICEF Module on Child Functioning, finalized in 2016, covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions. To better reflect the degree of functional difficulty, each area is assessed against a rating scale. The purpose is to identify the subpopulation of children who are at greater risk than other children of the same age or who are experiencing limited participation in an unaccommodating environment. The set of questions is intended for use in national household surveys and censuses. Available for ages 2-4 and 5-17 in English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Brazilian, Khmer

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