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Building Disability Inclusive Education through Data
Event Date: 
Fri, 2021/05/07

Data collection for children with disabilities remains a challenge for countries in the Asia Pacific region. Comprehensive identification and screening systems that are aligned with the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) Model are mostly missing in the region. In some countries, there is no official data on persons with disabilities. Most countries do not have standardized definitions of disability and ministries do not work collaboratively to develop a solid identification and data collection process. Out-dated medical approaches lead to unreliable data on disability and lack of targeted planning of interventions and disability services. This serves as a barrier for effective and responsive policy development. Moreover, disaggregation of basic education statistics is not yet fully developed and most EMIS systems do not include data on children with disabilities and their participation and achievement in school which adds to the gravity of the situation.  However, countries are increasingly looking to expand and improve their data collection tools to better include children with disabilities.


This webinar therefore aims to assist in building disability inclusive education through data.



  1. To raise understanding among partners on the importance of disability data collection and its challenges
  2. To introduce key tools, such as the UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and Washington Group Short Set and Child Functioning Module, and explain how they can be potentially used to overcome data gaps
  3. To share good examples from the region on application of disability data practices and the results
  4. To create momentum and collaboration potential across various stakeholders to align technical and financial resources at the country and global levels to improve data availability on education and disability

Target Audience


The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in reliable disability data collection to inform strategic inclusive education policies for all learners.

Working Language


English will be the working language of the webinar. Live captioning and sign language will be made available during the webinar.

Dates and Format


Date: Friday 7 May 2021
Time: 10.00 – 11.30 hrs. (Bangkok time)
Format: Zoom (link will be sent upon registration)
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