Worldwide, efforts to include children with disabilities have been hindered by a lack of reliable and relevant data on their lives. To address this gap, UNICEF has been working with the Washington Group on Disability Statistics – a UN city group established under the United Nations Statistical Commission – to develop a new way of collecting data on children with disabilities that is devoid of labels and diagnoses.
The new Module on Child Functioning, released in October 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. It focuses on the presence and extent of such difficulties rather than on body function and structure or conditions. The questions can be incorporated into existing data collection efforts and address the need for nationally comparable and internationally harmonized data. The module is now included into the current round of the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey programme (MICS) that will be implemented in more than 35 low-and middle-income countries over the next three years.
Year Published: 2016