Main features of disability statistics

The United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities states that "persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others". Disability statistics provides data on the number of disabled persons as well as on their involvement in the society, through data related to living conditions, social inclusion, labour market, health, or education.

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is the EU framework for implementing the UN Convention. Disability statistics should monitor the situation of disabled people with reference to the Europe 2020 targets and the areas for action included in the Strategy.