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October 2021

Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce ICED’s 6th International Conference on Disability and Development which will be on “Disability and COVID-19”. It will be held virtually 14-17 March 2022, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. BST each day. It is a forum to present and discuss new research findings, methodologies and tools and implications of evidence for policy and practice. The focus will include both low-, middle- and high-income settings as well as humanitarian contexts. Please read here for further information on the conference, and here for registration and abstract submission.
We are passionate about using evidence to improve practice. Last year, we launched the Disability Evidence Portal (DEP) to document, in plain and accessible language, what information exists about best practices for people with disabilities in diverse settings. Through this portal we aim to make this knowledge more actionable for national and local organisations interested in improving outcomes for people with disabilities worldwide. We are launching a call for individuals from LMICs around the world to take part in developing evidence briefs. We will be commissioning a select number of individuals or groups to develop evidence briefs for the portal. Each selected writer or team will be paid GBP 500 upon completion. You can access the call on our website and contact Sabrina Dogbe to register your interest at:
This month we are delighted to welcome two doctoral students: Emma Jolley and Sabrina Ebert. Both come from NGO backgrounds and will focus on different aspects of access to healthcare for people with disabilities in low resource settings. Please see here for more information on applying for doctoral studies at LSHTM.
This month is also a time of farewell. Tess Bright is leaving ICED to join the University of Melbourne. She has been with us for six years and drove forward a range of initiatives, particularly the development and testing of the Rapid Assessment of Hearing Loss to generate evidence to improve planning of healthcare services. We are also bidding a temporary farewell to Islay Mactaggart, as she goes on maternity leave this month. Best of luck to you both and you will be much missed.

With best wishes,

Hannah and Tom

International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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PENDA is a major ICED project, funded by FCDO, aiming to increase evidence to support disability inclusive development. We will focus on developing people, knowledge and tools.

Some updates on PENDA this month...

We are preparing for fieldwork to collect baseline data for two impact evaluations. The first, undertaken by LSHTM and BIGD is to evaluate the impact of an inclusive livelihood programme in Bangladesh. The second, led by BIGD and Cambridge university is to evaluate the impact of inclusive education in Bangladesh. Both programmes are part of the Inclusive Futures consortium, led by Sightsavers.


New publications from our group...

Islay Mactaggart and colleagues published “Interrogating and Reflecting on Disability Prevalence Data Collected Using the Washington Group Tools: Results from Population-Based Surveys in Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Maldives, Nepal, Turkey and Vanuatu” in IJERPH. The paper shows that the Washington Group Short Set estimates of disability prevalence are substantially lower than estimates using the Extended Set. An alternative Short Set replacing the domains of communication and self-care with questions on anxiety and depression would identify more participants with functional limitations for the same number of items.

Tom Shakespeare and colleagues published “Disabled people in Britain and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic” in Social Policy and Administration. This paper draws on findings from their qualitative study in England and Scotland to describe the myriad of ways in which disabled people are affected by the pandemic. This study is being expanded to 7 LMIC settings.
Suresh Kumar published on “PREparedness, REsponse, and SySTemic transformation (PRE-RE-SyST): a model for disability-inclusive pandemic responses and systemic disparities-reduction derived from a scoping review and thematic analysis.” In the International Journal for Equity in Health. 


Evidence Briefs for the Disability Evidence Portal:

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.         

External seminars: 

Still time to catch...

Other things of interest

  • buntu-hub website: Join us as we post updates on the rights of families and children with developmental disabilities, and Childhood development videos to help with community participation. Follow us on Facebook 
  • Joanna Jeremy and Andrew Smith are presently planning to do an Impact Study of the Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment Course, funded by CBM.
  • Paper: Global collective action in mental health financing: Allocation of development assistance for mental health in 142 countries, 2000–2015

Work Experience Programme at ICED

Our seventh candidate has now taken part in our work experience programme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity:

Have you seen this?

New video by WHO of persons with disabilities sharing their experiences of accessing health services (3.48 minutes).
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MOOC May 2021

MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence

MOOC 2021 pics
Photo credit: © CBM


The second run of our MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence will be launching on 3rd May 2021. In this course, we explored how to conduct and interpret findings from global disability research. This is a free online course which takes about 3-4 hours per week to complete for 3 weeks. Please see more here


COVID-19 Support and Guidance

The  situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We have gathered a list of resources about COVID-19 to share with caregivers, children & young people and education, health and social care practitioners to navigate the dynamic situation of the COVID-19 response, and the many impacts that it will have. We hope that they are helpful and we will continue to add new resources as they become available. 

  • Information on how parent groups have been run post ‘lock-down’ in Rwanda can be found here and we provide guidelines on what to consider to run groups safely in the context of COVID-19 here.
  • A range of free digital COVID-19 educational resources for children: download Axel Scheffler’s book here and a copy of Lydia Monk’s book can be downloaded here (Information about how these resources were created is found here).
  • Share your story and contribute to voices of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak here: voices.
  • LSHTM’s free online course for anyone who is interested to learn about what we know about COVID-19, and how we should respond to the outbreak: free online course.
  • A course that introduces COVID-19, created for teenagers and young adults, is at: free online course for 14-16 year olds.
  • Presentation from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability: making the response disability-inclusive
  • Paper on what we can learn from a disability inclusive response

Working with parent groups – a training resource for facilitators and caregivers

These manuals (Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy, Juntos and ABAANA EIP) aim to increase knowledge and skills in caring for a child with developmental disabilities. Research highlighted the significant needs of the caregivers, and how they can gain a huge amount of support from meeting with each other in an understanding environment.

It promotes a participatory learning approach with an emphasis on working with groups and the empowerment of parents and caregivers.

 Download the manual (in various languages)

“Before, my family and people in my community used to say ‘this child’s suffering is a result of parent’s sin’. After taking the training I have explained what causes cerebral palsy to others. Now, no-one says anything like this.” 
Parent, Sirajganj, Bangladesh

Animated videos

Animated videos on child development and developmental disability

Download and use these animated videos from ICED on child developmental and developmental disability, with versions in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The first of these videos provides information on child development across different domains and considers how this process can be disrupted for some children. The second explores the challenges and barriers in the lives of people with a developmental disability, and how support strategies can help an individual better participate in their community. 

Please use these videos in your own teaching, support groups or in any other forum, appropriately acknowledging the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The videos are available in English, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.

View the English videos below:

View the English videos with subtitles here:

View the Portuguese (Brazil) videos with subtitles here:

View the Spanish videos with subtitles here:


Supporting Families Affected by the Zika virus

Global community

Children with developmental disabilities and their families

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Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal

This annual publication promotes good ear and hearing health in low and middle-income countries.

It's a forum for exchanging ideas, experience and information that facilitate continuing education for all levels of health worker. It is delivered to almost 4,000 healthcare providers worldwide. Some issues have been translated into French and Spanish.

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Press and resources

Press articles and further reading

Read articles on ICED activity in the international press and on Use disability resources from across the web.

Read press articles on our work columns

Further reading

Partner groups at LSHTM

Global disability groups

Further reading

  • Handicap International SOURCE Resource depository: Large depository of materials related to disability and inclusive development, curated by HI.
  • Disability and the Global South: Open Access journal on critical disability thinking and perspectives from the Global South
  • UNICEF Disability Homepage: Collated United Nations reports, documents and videos related to disability (among both adults and children)
  • World Report on Disability: Developed by the WHO and World Bank. Source is an international online resource centre run by Handicap International. It is designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on disability and inclusion. 
  • WHO MiNDbank: an online platform which brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. 

Blogs and opinion pieces

Short films about disabilities


Global Health and Disability

All files and contents in this folder are © LSHTM unless otherwise stated. You are welcome to reuse, adapt and share these files for non-commercial teaching and learning purposes without asking for permission. You must acknowledge the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, LSHTM as the original creator and provide a link to our website We would also very much appreciate hearing how you are using the content, please let us know at

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Week 1: Disability and its importance to the global development agenda

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Week 2: Health, wellbeing and disability

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Week 3: Access to health care and rehabilitation services

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Video: Welcome to the course

Week 1: Disability and its importance to the global development agenda

Video: Welcome to week 1

Video & teaching slides: Why does disability matter globally?

Video:  Why does disability matter – Personal perspectives

Article: Why does disability matter – individual case studies

Article: Why does disability matter to International Development? Part 1

Article: Nothing about us without us

Video: What does disability mean – personal perspectives

Video: Attitudes to disability

Video: What does disability mean – a framework

Article: Measuring disability: Why would you want to and how do you do it?

Video: What is the relationship between impairments and disability?

Video: what are the common impairments related to disability?

Article: Why does impairment matter?

Video: Summary of week 1

Week 2: Health, wellbeing and disability

Video: Welcome to week 2