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Global approaches for using outcome measures to enhance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities will be presented April 11 at a live and virtual forum co-sponsored by the Institute on Community Integration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living.

Measuring Outcomes of People with Disabilities: An International Forum  will feature presentations from Julie Beadle-Brown of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and Jan Šiška of Charles University in the Czech Republic. Other presenters include ICI’s Roger Stancliffe, professor emeritus at the University of Sydney, Australia, along with Renáta Tichá and Brian Abery. The host is ICI’s Research and Training Center on HCBS Outcome Measurement.

“Through this forum, we want to create a global vision for developing rigorous outcome measurements that lead to improved disability services and policies,” said Tichá. “These frameworks are a critical component of reducing the significant disparities in life outcomes between people with and without disabilities, and ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are respected.”

A panel discussion will explore the different indicators, frameworks, and approaches used around the world to assess quality in disability service and policy contexts and propose improvements for the future.  

Panelists will include Dorothy Hiersteiner and Stephanie Giordano from the Human Resources Research Institute, Shawn Terrell from ACL, Allan Heinemann and Anne Deutsch from Northwestern University, Carli Friedman from the Council on Quality and Leadership, Christine Linehan from University College Dublin (Ireland), Anne Rosken from the University of St. Gallen (Germany), and Johannes Schaedler from the University of Siegen (Germany).

The live event will be held in ICI’s new home at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, 2025 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis.