Country Programmes

Improving access to services and participation of persons with disabilities on the conceptual framework of UNCRPD and ICF

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
1 Jul 201431 Jul 2019
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 549,506
Thematic focus: Access to Health, Disability assessment and referral services, Early Childhood Development, Employment, Inclusive SDGs Planning and Monitoring, Inclusive education, Political participation, Social Protection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP

Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Education and Sciences
  • Ministry of Health

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • National Coalition of Disability Organizations
  • Organizations of Parents of Children with Disabilities

The Programme

An integrated social service reform process launched by the Government of Armenia in 2012 created an institutional platform for the alignment of the disability assessment model in the country with a rights-based model informed by the CRPD and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The precursor to this was the introduction of inclusive education in Armenia and the revision of assessment tools for learners with disabilities within the education sector based on the ICF. This highlighted the need for developing a common approach and understanding around disability and harmonizing service delivery across sectors – education, health, employment and social protection –  as disability is multidimensional and addressing the rights of persons with disabilities requires  an intersectoral approach. This resulted in a ministerial commitment to a multidimensional assessment of disability in line with  the ICF. The UNPRPD Project that commenced in October 2014 aimed to operationalize this commitment.  The project is supporting a nationwide transition to a new disability assessment process and stronger linkage of the assessment process to allied service delivery based on a rights-based understanding of disability, as well as  a roadmap for inclusion of persons with disabilities  in all spheres of life.



The overarching goal of the project was to contribute to the progressive fulfilment of the rights of persons with disabilities so that they receive services and support in accordance with their needs and have increased participation in social and economic life.

To this end, the UN Country Team provided technical support to MoLSI to achieve the following objectives:

To develop criteria, tools and procedures, based on ICF, to operationalize the conceptual ICF model and determine eligibility for services, test it and pilot in one region.
To develop a gender-responsive Methodology for Individual Rehabilitation Planning linked with assessment, including a training and job market engagement component.
To conduct a large-scale training for the professionals who will be involved in assessment and intervention planning processes, and for DPOs and Organization of Parents of Children with Disabilities.
To build the system capacity to increase the opportunities for economic participation of persons with disabilities.

Programme Documents