Worldwide, 800 million people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries. Designing safe, accessible, and usable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) facilities is a critical imperative – not only important for ensuring public health but also for promoting equal access to education, employment, and social services. In Uganda, for example, 94% of children with disabilities do not complete primary school; unsafe and inaccessible WaSH facilities are one contributing factor. The University at Buffalo is partnering with the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme, as well as WaterAid and ATC Uganda, to build knowledge, capacity, and tools on accessible WaSH facilities in schools. This partnership led to the first global monitoring instrument, Core Questions and Indicators for Monitoring WASH in Schools in the Sustainable Development Goals
, launched in 2016. The session held at WEDC 2017 provided training and solicited feedback on this work.