Definition and classification of disability

Webinar 2 - Companion Technical Booklet



The purpose of this booklet and the accompanying webinar is to assist UNICEF staff and our partners to get to know the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and gain an understanding of how it fits within UNICEF’s mission.

The ICF is a standard and universal language and conceptual basis to understand and describe disability. It brings together the diverse models of disability and understands disability as a description of the situation of a person rather than as a characteristic of the person.

In this booklet you will be introduced to:

• Why you should get involved with the ICF.

• Using the ICF to conceptualise disability.

• How the ICF relates to inclusive education.

• How the ICF can be used to support participation of all children.


Judith Hollenweger

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