Social Indicators for Monitoring Human Rights of People with Disabilities: an Exploratory Study

Project title
Social Indicators for Monitoring Human Rights of People with Disabilities: an Exploratory Study.

Project reference

Start and end of project
01/04/2013 to 30/09/2014

Chief Investigator
Paula Campos Pinto

Research team

Researcher Name Institutional Afiliation
Paula Campos Pinto CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa
Fausto Amaro CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa
Maria Engrácia Cardim CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa
Carlos Veiga Universidade do Minho
Maria João Cunha CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa


Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas;
Universidade do Minho;
Associação Portuguesa de Deficientes;
Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Gaia.

External Consultant

Name Institutional Filiation
Marcia Rioux York University, Toronto, Canada


Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)


Interest in developing social indicators for monitoring the human rights of people with disabilities is very recent. It emerged from the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006. There is therefore still a lack of experience and very little knowledge in this field in Portugal and abroad.
The aim of this project is to develop social indicators for monitoring implementation of the Convention and progress in achieving the human rights of people with disabilities.
To do this, we will conduct holistic monitoring of disability policies, social representations of disability in the media and life experiences of people with disabilities aged over 12 years) in Portugal, using and expanding the method developed in the international Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) project.
The integration of all these data will provide an overview of the human rights situation of people with disabilities in Portugal. A survey of gaps between rights granted and their actual practice will make it possible to identify the most relevant issues for the exercise of human rights by people with disabilities. Based on this information and a reflexive, critical approach to the literature on human rights indicators, the team will produce a new set of qualitative and quantitative indicators for use in future monitoring of the CRPD.