Building an Inclusive National Strategy for Disabled Children in Kyrgyzstan Through an Application of the BIAS FREE Framework

  • Mary Anne Burke
  • Andrea Pupulin


The BIAS FREE Framework (Burke & Eichler, 2006) is an innovative, rights-based tool for identifying and eliminating biases deriving from social hierarchies in research, legislation, policies, programs, service delivery and practices. BIAS FREE stands for Building an Integrative Analytical Framework for Recognizing and Eliminating InEquities. The BIAS FREE Framework addresses the intersection of biases deriving from hierarchies based on gender, disability, age, class, caste, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, geographical location and immigrant/refugee status, among others, and how these play out in the overall health and well-being of people. The Framework is a tool for building equitable, more inclusive societies based on respect, equality, human rights and the full participation and benefit of all people.

This chapter gives further details about the BIAS FREE Framework and how it can be used. Specifically, it reports on one application of the Framework and how it was used to assess the situation of disabled children in Kyrgyzstan and to build momentum for the development of a National Strategy to build a fully inclusive Kyrgyzstan.


Disable People Disable Child National Strategy Social Hierarchy Double Standard 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Anne Burke
    • 1
  • Andrea Pupulin
    • 1
  1. 1.BIAS FREE Inc. and OISEUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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