WG-19 was co-hosted by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Argentina (INDEC). The meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 25-27th September 2019.

25/09/2019 - 27/09/2019

WG-18 was co-hosted by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank. The meeting was attended by 97 participants, representing over 52 countries as well as representatives from several international, regional and non-governmental organizations.

06/11/2018 - 09/11/2018

WG-17 was co-hosted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The meeting was attended by 60 participants, representing over 20 countries. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the announcement of a joint statement issued by the Washington Group and United Nations Statistics Division reaffirming the commitment of both groups to collaborate closely and effectively to achieve further improvements in disability statistics.

30/10/2017 - 02/11/2017

16 delegates from 14 nations attended the Non-Regional Technical Implementation Meeting in Rome in August 2017.

08/08/2017 - 10/08/2017

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WG-16 was hosted by Statistics South Africa and attended by 65 persons. The formal WG meeting was preceded by two pre-meeting sessions, including: a brief orientation for new WG members providing background on the history and the development of the WG’s data collection tools and a session directed to representatives from national statistical offices (NSOs) during which issues related to the implementation of the WG questions and the analysis of the resulting data will be discussed. NSOs currently planning or embarking on data collection or analyses are encouraged to attend to share experiences or seek more directed guidance.

06/12/2016 - 09/12/2016

26 delegates from 14 nations attended the Technical Implementation Meeting in Fiji in July 2016. The training provided technical training for the Pacific countries implementing the Washington Group questions in an upcoming national census. The meeting also began the process of creating a formalised Pacific Disability Statistics Working Group to increase the institutional capacity of the region.

13/07/2016 - 15/07/2016

The 15th meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics (WG) was held 27-29 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The focus of the meeting was the presentation of additional work on guidelines for analysis of data collected using the WG Short Set (SS) questions and Extended Set of questions on Functioning (ES-F) and updates from the workgroups dealing with special methodological topic areas.

27/10/2015 - 29/10/2015

Final results from the analysis of data provided by countries using the WG short set in recent national data collections (censuses and surveys) showed that although countries continue to report disparate disability prevalence rates; with some exceptions, those that use the WG as intended, using a cut-off of least one domain that is coded as a lot of difficulty or cannot do it at all, have reported disability prevalence rates that are comparable – in the range 7 – 10%. Using 2010 and 2011 NHIS data, algorithms for combining multiple domain questions into single domain indicators of disability and developing standards for determination of cut-points using the WG extended set of questions on functioning (ES-F) were presented. A small workgroup was formed to finalize the analysis.The WG/UNICEF workgroup on disability among children and inclusive education and the workgroup on mental health presented the work accomplished in the previous.Two representatives from the Saudi Disability Registry Group (SDRG) presented on their experience developing a national disability registry. The delegates agreed that the workgroup should continue its efforts and provide a status update at the next meeting.

29/10/2014 - 31/10/2014