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How to collect disability data on children?

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Kenji Wong
24 July 2021
How to collect disability data on children?

How to collect disability data on children?

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Lily Tang
23 July 2021

No problem.

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Kenji Wong
23 July 2021

Thanks very for your input!

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Lily Tang
23 July 2021

Collecting disability data on children is even more complex as children naturally change from being fully functionally dependent from early infancy to being fully independent in late adolescence. The first two decades of life are characterized by rapid growth and significant changes in the physical, social and psychological development of children and youth (WHO, 2007b). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY) is derived from the ICF and is designed to record the characteristics of the developing child and the influence of its surrounding environment. The ICF-CY was published by the WHO in 2007 and uses a common language and terminology for recording problems involving functions and structures of the body, activity limitations and participation restrictions, manifested in infancy, childhood and adolescence and relevant environmental factors (WHO, 2007b).

WHO (2007b). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY), Geneva: WHO.

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