Before establishing a needs data collection process it is imperative to establish the purpose for which the data is being collected, at Skills4Industry it is to identify individual handicaps, gifts, and excellence to differentiate learning appropriately. Needs data is helpful in identifying the severity of handicaps to help educators understand the types of individuals in a school community, their levels of proficiencies, and the local laws designed to protect different disabilities to ensure equitable access. Including, the local associations and organizations established to protect these rights and ensure their compliance.