The Costs of Raising Children with Disabilities in the Philippines

Project Details

Philippines lacks a study that assesses the extra costs of disability for children and adults with disabilities, which would be the basis for properly assessing needs and developing programmes and services. Assessing the extra costs is also crucial to adjust poverty estimates for this subgroup of the population.

The objective of the Cost of Raising Children with Disabilities in the Philippines is to quantify as much as possible the extra costs faced by households with children with disabilities in order to inform the possible policy responses that could reduce the disadvantage faced by such children and ensuring their full participation in society.

The study on the costs follows a previous assessment on the situation of children with disabilities and their families conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines. It is expected that the study on the costs will be followed up by a pilot program led by the Government of the Philippines to address the extra costs of raising children with disabilities.

The study includes a large quantitative household survey and qualitative interviews with select households and service providers.


Dr Alex Robinson


Oxford Policy Management

Life Haven


This project was undertaken in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Government of the Philippines with support from UNICEF and the Australian Government

Research Outcomes

Publication cover has a picture of a child with a disability holding a ball

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Research Publications

Carraro L, Robinson A, Hakeem B, Manlapaz A, Agcaoili R. Disability-Related Costs of Children with Disabilities in the Philippines. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023; 20(13):6304.

Research Group

Designing disability-inclusive virtual healthcare Disability, Inclusion and Rehabilitation

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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