Department for Work and Pensions

Monitoring progress

How the Office for Disability Issues defines and measures disability equality


What is disability equality?

Disability equality can mean different things to different people. Following the publication of the Independent Living Strategy, disabled people were asked what disability equality meant for them. They also indicated what they felt needed to happen before equality could be achieved. The Disability Equality Indicators were then drawn up to measure progress towards disability equality as defined by disabled people.

What do the Disability Equality Indicators measure?

The Disability Equality Indicators are used to monitor progress on the Independent Living Strategy, the Roadmap to Disability Equality and the UN Convention.

They are gathered from across government departments to ensure there is transparency in how the life chances of disabled people are compared to non-disabled people.

Measuring against these criteria:



Page last reviewed: 04 November 2010

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