The research combined a desk review of documents with a 24-day field
visit to India that included semi-structured key informant interviews,
focus-group discussions with disabled people, home-based interviews with
disabled individuals and family members, project field visits, and
participation in the second Disability KaR programme roundtable on
mainstreaming disability in development, held in Ahmedabad.
The report provides a summary of disability in India, examining the
existing data on disability rates, prevalence and causes. It looks at
disability in relation to poverty and social exclusion and it seeks to
provide insight into the lives of disabled people, based largely on the
interviews and focus group discussions with disabled people and
small-scale research. The report also provides an examination of
mainstreaming, highlighting some examples of best practice. Conclusions
and recommendations are presented in the final section.
An 11-page executive summary is available as well as the full report.
Disability Knowledge and Research Programme, 61 pp.