Leonard Cheshire exists to improve the life chances of persons with disabilities and play its part in supporting individuals to live, learn, and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.

In addition to supporting improved quality and increased access to data on disability, Leonard Cheshire is also contributing to the global debate on how to capture data on disability using evidence from our long-term experience in the field of disability data research and policy.

This involves increasing awareness of the Washington Group Questions on disability; producing policy reports and academic articles exploring the benefits and limitations of the Washington Group Short Set of Questions on disability and other methodologies for capturing disability data; producing collaborative academic research with local disabled people’s organizations such as the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project; and working in partnership with international NGOs to improve their ability to capture data on disability.

Recognizing that disability data is often difficult to capture consistently at a national level, Leonard Cheshire is very keen to support National Statistical Offices, such as the UK’s Office for National Statistics, to develop and implement the most effective data collection techniques to capture information on the extent to which people with disabilities are being included in efforts to achieve the SDGs.

We believe we are well placed to do this, with strong experience of gathering data on people with disabilities in both our international and our UK program work and we are very keen to work with others to improve the inclusion of disability data in the data revolution for sustainable development data and the SDGs.