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Disability estimates: implications from a changing landscape of socio-political struggle

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Jeffery, Roger; Singal, Nidhi

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Corporate Editor University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)
Abstract National governments in the South, as well as international bodies such as the World Bank, are finally beginning to take the issues of the extent, causes and implications of disability seriously. There is, however, a danger that data on people with disabilities are not being collected in the most reliable manner, resulting in flawed policies and inefficient use of resources. In this policy brief we argue: 1. that the identification of disability must not be seen merely as a technical issue (does someone have or not have a particular impairment) but also as a political one (what claims are being made by or about someone if they define an impairment as worthy of public attention); 2. that in large scale surveys, questions concerning disability must move beyond primarily medical definitions and reconceptualise disability in a functional and interactionist perspective; 3. that there is a greater place for qualitative studies of the social meanings of disability to illuminate the effects of changes in policy and in wider society.
Keywords disability; India; social factors
Classification Social Policy; Social Problems
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords disability; India
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Cambridge
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series RECOUP Policy Brief, 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works