Building Disability Inclusive Education through Data

Building Disability Inclusive Education through Data

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)
Registration link:


Friday, 7 May 2021

Moderator: Inclusive Disability Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group (IDEA-P)

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and Introduction from the Asia-Pacific Disability Inclusive Education Working Group

   -  Erin Tanner, UNICEF EAPRO

10.10 – 10.20

Daniel Mont, Co-President and Co-Founder at Center for Inclusive Policy

   -  Introduction of the topic and a brief overview of the importance of disability data, the challenges and how the Washington Group (WG) tools overcome some of these issues

10:20 – 10:50







Panel Speakers:

Importance of making data inclusive for children with disabilities in education

  • Beth Sprunt and Jovesa Korovulavula (co-presenters)

Country focus case study: Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) tool 

10:50 – 11:20

Q&A and Discussion

11:20 – 11:30

Key Messages and Closing

   -  Barkha Henry, Leonard Cheshire


For more Information

Asia-Pacific Disability Inclusive Education Working Group Secretariat


Concept Note

Speakers’ biographies

Building Disability Inclusive Education through Data (Daniel Mont)
- Strengthening Disability data for Inclusive Education-Issues and Challenges (Roshan Bajracharya)
- Data for Development: Importance of Making Data Inclusive for Children with Disabilities in Education (John Paul Cruz)
- Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) disability disaggregation approach (Beth Sprunt)

Washington Group on Disability Statistics

UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS6)

OpenEMIS initiative

Webinar Q&A

Spatial Variation in the poverty gap between people with and without disabilities

Measuring implementation of UDL in classrooms and schools

For more Information

Inclusive Disability Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group (IDEA-P), Secretariat


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