Webinar – Advancing Global Disability Data and Disability Inclusive Development

Thilo Kroll, Professor of Disability and Public Health Research and Co-DirecThilo Krolltor of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews will present a webinar Advancing Global Disability Data and Disability Inclusive Development – Recommendations from a United Nations Reporton Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 3pm. This is a FREE webinar and all are welcome to join.  To register or for further information please contact Rosanne (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)

Disability statistics and international development agenda

from UN Enable Newsletter October 2014

On 23 October, the Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DESA), co-Chaired a Disability Data Conference in London organized by the Government of the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The meeting served as a follow up to promote dissemination of the recommendations from the UN Expert Group Meeting on “Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The way forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8-10 July 2014. (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1617). The meeting in London with bilateral donors and other stakeholders worked to encourage the strengthening and mainstreaming of disability data and statistics in development cooperation. The Conference focused on the use of the Washington Group short question set and discussed integration of disability components into broader statistical data collection efforts to address some of the inconsistencies and persistent challenges in national data collection on persons with disabilities. The meeting was framed in the context of the emerging post-2015 development framework and notion of “leaving no one behind” in future development actions.

SDHI will host a webinar on this topic in December. 

Webinar “Secondary datasets in disability and health: tools for researchers using United States datasets” now available on line

A recording of the SDHI webinar “Secondary datasets in disability and health: tools for researchers using United States datasets” is now available on line or to download.


Arun Karpur (Research Faculty, School of Industrial & Labor Relations
Employment & Disability Institute, Cornell University, New York


William Erickson, Research Specialist Employment & Disability Institute
Cornell University, New York

National survey and administrative datasets continue to be a rich resource for generating national-level statistics for people with disabilities in the United States. Heterogeneous definitions of identifying individuals with disabilities as well as the
varying sampling framework limit the use of secondary datasets. Additionally, there are no good tools for comparing datasets to facilitate making an informed choice to employ the best alternative data set for use in public health research. This presentation introduces a unique web-based resource developed by the Employment and
Disability Institute, Cornell University, providing researchers access to meta-data on publicly available datasets consisting of information on employment, compensation, and health outcomes for people with disabilities. In addition, to the metadata, the presentation also provides an introduction to online data directories built for providing a deeper
exploration of key data elements of the secondary data sets focusing on variable related to disability characteristics, employment, compensation, and health outcomes.

This work has been funded by a sub-contract to and in partnership with the Cornell University ILR School Employment and Disability Institute through funding from
the The National Institutes of Health – National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (No. R24 HD065702) a grant funded to the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets

Listen to and watch our latest Webinar here: Disability and Public Health: Unlikely but Emerging Partner

Professor Don Lollar highlighted current developments at the intersection of public health, social policy and disability research in his Webinar presentation yesterday. If you did not get a chance to listen to the presentation, you can view his slides here.

A recording of the presentation is available to view below