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PEREIRA, Éverton Luís  y  BARBOSA, Livia. The Brazilian Functionality Index: perceptions of professionals and persons with disabilities in the context of Complementary Law 142/2013. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.10, pp.3017-3026. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article derives from a study conducted on the validation of the Brazilian Functionality Index (IF-BrA) applied to the granting of retirement benefits to disabled persons. The retirement of persons with disabilities is regulated by Complementary Law 142 of May 8, 2013. The aim is to discuss how the individuals involved in application of the instrument perceive the concept of disability and the possible implications for ensuring the right to retirement. Eleven agencies of the National Social Security Institute (INSS) were visited and 16 physicians, 16 social workers and 40 persons with disabilities were interviewed. The evaluation and assessment process was also observed. The results indicate that there are conceptual tensions between the perspective on disability of the professionals and the IF-BrA concepts. Social workers and physicians are challenged in their technical specialties in the application of the instrument. Persons with disabilities do not always consider themselves to be disabled in their daily lives. Disability is either presented as a political description of the body in accordance with the social model of disability, or it is described as a specific difficulty justifying the right to seek retirement.

Palabras clave : Brazilian Functionality Index; Complementary Law 142/2013; Retirement; Persons with disabilities; Disability studies.

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