Disability Identification Cards: Issues in Effective Design

13 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2016 Last revised: 7 Nov 2017

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Daniel Mont

World Bank

Michael Palmer

University of Western Australia

Sophie Mitra

Fordham University

Nora Groce

University College London

Date Written: January 15, 2016


Around the world, attention to the issue of disability inclusion is gaining increasing prominence. One strategy to promote disability-inclusion in benefit participation programs that a growing number of countries are considering is the creation of a disability identification (ID) card. There exists a long history of various types of disability ID cards (or certificates) and associated social protection schemes in high-income countries. Disability ID cards currently exist in many middle-income countries, and are under development or consideration in a growing number of low and middle-income countries. However, it should be acknowledged that many of the issues with respect to the administration of a disability ID card in low and middle-income countries differ from those in high-income countries. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the challenges involved in creating a disability ID and identify key issues that can help in developing a framework for addressing these challenges in the context of low and middle-income countries. We argue that countries considering instituting disability ID cards must move with caution; ID card programs can only advance disability policy and the well being of persons with disabilities if undertaken in well-designed manner in line with a country's administrative capacity.

Keywords: Disability ID cards, low and middle-income countries, social protection, disability benefits

Suggested Citation

Mont, Daniel and Palmer, Michael and Mitra, Sophie and Groce, Nora, Disability Identification Cards: Issues in Effective Design (January 15, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2748089

Daniel Mont

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Sophie Mitra

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Nora Groce

University College London ( email )

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