The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) conducted a two-day conference in February to review the “state of the science in disability statistics.” Federal, state, academic, and other partners came together for this State of the Science Disability Conference on Disability Statistics to consider the current state of key topics in statistics related to disabilities. Topics covered ranged from research on disability using linked datasets to collaborative efforts across stakeholder groups to future directions in disability research, to name a few. Among the key findings:
– Identifying specific subgroups related to disability is crucial to ensure that all disability groups are represented;
– It is necessary, useful, and expected to include people with disabilities in every stage of the research process;
– Possessing data provides power; and
– It is vital to make data accessible and user friendly to a wide range of individuals, “especially consumers.”
A document has been published by the ICDR with highlights from the conference as well as a full summary report and recording. These materials are available on the ICDR Reports page listing for the 2023 ICDR Virtual State of the Science Conference on Disability Statistics.