Assessing the Need for a National Disability Survey: Final Report. III. Addressing Disability Data Limitations with Incremental Changes to Existing Efforts


The TAG members and federal and state staff who provided input for this study indicated a number of ways that existing disability data collection efforts could be strengthened to address data gaps and limitations. In this chapter, we describe a variety of strategies that could be used to address survey data limitations. As noted previously, in developing the list of options we did not constrain them based on potential costs, feasibility, or practicality. Our goal was to document a variety of ways that disability data limitations could be addressed without making judgments about which would be most feasible or desirable. The discussion in this chapter focuses on approaches that build on existing data collection efforts, and thus, might be considered incremental in nature. In Chapter IV, we discuss another possible strategy--fielding a new national disability survey.

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