RECOUP Working Paper 23. Counting the invisible: understanding the lives of people with disabilities in Pakistan.
Even though people with disabilities are a significant minority and are disproportionately over-represented amongst the poorest population, there continues to be a lack of understanding of their lives. In this paper we discuss the conceptual underpinnings and findings of a household survey conducted in two regions of Pakistan which attempted to address some of these gaps in existing knowledge. While disability was only a small component of the overall focus of this household survey, the emerging findings on disability issues provide some useful reflections on the status of persons with disabilities in these regions. The findings of this survey emphasize the continued marginalization of young people with disabilities in the areas of education, employment and marriage prospects. Additionally, reflections on the research process highlight the many challenges entailed in undertaking research on disability issues.
Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge, UK, WP23/09, 40 pp.