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Users of disability statistics are a diverse group. Researchers, policy analysts, activists in the disability community, disability scholars, and others each bring their own perspective and expertise to the understanding and use of disability data.
The terminology and concepts used in statistical analysis are familiar to researchers, but may be unfamiliar to lay people. Advocates in the disability community and scholars in disability studies bring an understanding of the social values that underlie the way "disability" is defined in the major surveys. All can benefit from an understanding of how social definitions of disability shape the way it is measured and the methods and terms used in measurement.
• What does "disability" mean?