National survey to include rare disabilities as well

The National Sample Survey Organisation – NSSO is to start its 76th survey from July 1 to cover people with disabilities.

NSSO was set up in 1950 for collection of various kinds of socio-economic data in the country. Till now the survey included disabilities such as physical, visual, hearing, speech and mental disability.

This is the first time that the survey on disability is to be conducted covering some rare types of disability such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, haemophilia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, sickle cell disease and thalassemia, as well as acid attack victims.

The survey will involve Field Officers who will collect the data. To ensure smooth data collection, the NSSO has started a 3-day formal training of its Field Officers in Kolkata.

The aim of the survey of people with disabilities is to estimate incidence and prevalence of disability, cause and facilities available to the disabled people.

The survey will also collect information regarding the difficulties faced by them in accessing public building, public transport and expenses due to disability.

Data will be collected from all parts of the country and then will be used by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI Aayog, UNICEF, WHO, among others.

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