The Washington Group has assembled an array of resources on disability. These provide background and guidance about the WG, the definition and measurement of disability, and how disability is manifested in the international agenda, particularly within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

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The Washington Group Short Set on Functioning (WG-SS) was developed, tested and adopted by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics (WG). The questions reflect advances in the conceptualization of disability and use the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) as a conceptual framework.

Categories: Applying the WG questions, Implementation


This 2-hour course has been designed to support humanitarian program staff understand, plan for and use, the Washington Group questions to identify persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. With case studies, practical examples and a wealth of supportive resources, the e-learning is an essential entry point for all program staff interested in understanding more about how to use the Washington Group questions. The e-learning is available in English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

Categories: Disability statistics, Applying the WG questions, Implementation

22/08/2019 - 22/08/2019

As a City Group constituted under the auspices of the UN Statistical Commission, the Washington Group on Disability Statistics is required to prepare a report (either as an item for information or discussion) for the Commission’s annual meeting. These reports document the work completed by the WG during the preceding year as well as its workplan for the coming year. The Commission is requested to express its views on the findings and conclusions of the WG and the proposal for its future work; in particular, the e Commission’s approval on its workplan.

Category: Implementation

22/08/2019 - 22/08/2019