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CORTES-REYES, Edgar; RIVEROS, Leidy T.  and  PINEDA-ORTIZ, Gustavo A.. International classification of functioning, disability and disability certification in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.1, pp.129-137. ISSN 0124-0064.

Certifying disability in Colombia has been demanded by disabled people; the country has assumed such challenge within the frame work of current legislation and international agreements signed by Colombia. A model of international classification of functioning (ICF), disability and healthwas thus adopted as it has been validated internationally in several studies; it incorporates international standards thereby allowing reliable evaluation of individuals' functional status. This essayinitially defines the concept of disabilityand locates it within a historical context leading to current ICF domain structure and categories. Such instrument provides a common, wide-ranging framework for providing suitable allocation of services and general and specific benefits, while assessing the differential between disabled people's current performance and their potential.

Keywords : Certification; disability evaluation; international classification of functioning (ICF); disability and health; disabled.

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