Disability data is more than just numbers - it tells the story of people’s lives. While statistics are important, stories and videos are powerful tools for change. People with disabilities are collecting and sharing their own data through participatory qualitative methods, helping to close the data gaps that continue to persist.
The portal collates quantitative disability disaggregated data from 48 countries using key development indicators mostly drawn from the Sustainable Development Goals framework. The data covers the themes of education (SDG 4), economic empowerment (SDG 1; SDG 8), stigma and discrimination (SDG 1; SDG 5; SDG 16), and technology and innovation (SDG 17).
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About the Data Disability Portal
The Disability Data Portal is a centralised space for quality quantitative and qualitative disability data. It is an open, accessible resource for all advocates of disability rights and inclusive sustainable development.
The portal provides a snapshot of the data globally available on people with disabilities as well as highlighting gaps in the current body of data. It currently brings together quantitative data from 48 countries under 16 key development indicators mostly drawn from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. The portal also hosts qualitative data collected by people with disabilities themselves. The data on the portal covers several themes including education (SDG 4), economic empowerment (SDG 1; SDG 8), stigma and discrimination (SDG 1; SDG 5; SDG 16) and technology and innovation (SDG 17).
The portal was originally designed in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development for the Global Disability Summit, held on 24 July 2018.