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June 1 2004

Ruiz-Quintanilla Presents at 10th Annual North American Collaborating Center Conference on ICF in Nova Scotia, Canada

S. Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla

S. Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla, senior research  associate in the Employment and Disability Institute, gave a presentation entitled An International Classification of Function (ICF)-based Tool to Identify Services and Supports Needs for Inmates with Developmental Disabilities at the 10th Annual North American Collaborating Center Conference on ICF held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 1-4, 2004.

The conference was organized by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) as members of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for the Family of International Classifications for North America.


This meeting focused on developing a comprehensive North American research agenda for ICF. This is needed because the ICF is a new and multi-dimensional classification, encompassing both a medical and a social model of disability, and has not been used extensively in its current structure. The ICF is intended to have a number of applications as a statistical tool, a research tool, a clinical tool, a social policy tool, and as an educational tool. A research plan for each of these areas must be specified. Furthermore, the ICF was developed in an environment which already has widely used assessment tools and longstanding disability policies so it must be considered vis-a-vis other clinical tools and health policies.