ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND DISCLAIMERS

The project is coordinated by Rune Jensen and Ximena Serpa under the supervision of Geir Jensen with technical support from Alexandre Cote (IDA-CIP), Bailey Grey and Alison Marshall (Sense International), Morgon Banks and Islay MacTaggart of International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). The WFDB and SI surveys were developed with the support of Akiko Fukuda, WFDB General Secretary from Japan.

The team would like to thank all the persons that contributed to the report, in particular the WFDB board members and UN agencies personnel that took part in the September 2017 Geneva technical meeting as well as all the presenters and participants at the Helen Keller World Conference 2018

The report was made possible thanks to the overall organisational and technical support of the International Disability Alliance and the Norwegian Association of the Deafblind and the financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).

The information and views set out in this background document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the International Disability Alliance, the Norwegian Association of the Deafblind, the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).