Disability Statistics (3 Hours)

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About the Training

One of the hallmarks of the Independent Living Movement is the way in which the disability community places value on advocacy and action over research. We know what life with a disability is all about. But when we explain our community and programs to legislators, governors, consumers and other stakeholders, it's often an absolute necessity to include data on people with disabilities. This is certainly true in the development of the SPIL (State Plan for Independent Living).

This training is designed to help SILC members and staff know exactly where to go and what to look for to collect meaningful data on people with disabilities in their state to inform their development of an accurate and powerful SPIL. Presented in two parts, Part 1 addresses the availability of statistics on people with disabilities and Part 2 addresses using statistics on people with disabilities to inform the SPIL.

Target Audience

Executive directors, council members, and staff of statewide independent living councils

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Explain the nature and importance of disability statistics
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of data and locate agencies or entities that can provide the most appropriate data for particular objectives
  • Describe methods for locating and analyzing demographic data
  • Develop an effective process for gathering relevant data that relate to goals and priorities
  • Use gathered data to assist in developing the State Plan for Independent Living

View Training Part 1: The Availability of Statistics on People with Disabilities (1.5 Hours)

Transcript and Resources

View Training Part 2: Using Statistics on People with Disabilities to Inform the SPIL (1.5 Hours)

Transcript and Resources

Other Training and Resources on Gathering, Analyzing and Utilizing Data