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Revista de Salud Pública

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MORENO-ANGARITA, Marisol et al. Constructing a tool for certifying handicap / disability in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.4, pp.566-578. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Describing how a tool was created/constructed for certifying Colombian people's disability status. Method This was a descriptive study involving a five-phase, multi-method design. It sought to identify needs, background, categories and procedures from differingview points, using participatory methodology, for identifying and certifying disabled people in Colombia. Results The study led to an international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF)-based certification tool which can be used by a multi-professional team in healthcare institution settings to guarantee access to benefits approved by Colombian disability law. Conclusions Certification (even when voluntary) can be the key to enjoying all the benefits designed for Colombian people suffering disability; such people are not the subjects of mercy and compassion anymore. Certification seeks to identify people suffering disabilities as holders of rights under Colombian law, as clear evidence of Colombian state commitment to ensuring an inclusive society.

Keywords : Disability evaluation; certification; human rights; international classification of functioning (ICF); disability and health.

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