Strategic Priority 1

National Disability Strategy

To support the effective delivery of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan through our research, advice and guidance to Government Departments and public bodies and to monitor the outcomes for people with disabilities.

The National Disability Strategy provides a framework for a whole-of-Government approach to achieving the participation of people with disabilities in the economic, social and cultural life of the nation. The National Disability Strategy includes:

  • Disability Act 2005 which sets out accessibility and employment obligations for public bodies; provides for an independent assessment of need; and establishes the National Disability Authority's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
  • Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 which provides for an inclusive education system; sets up the National Council for Special Education
  • Citizens Information Act 2007 which provides the basis for local mainstream information services and advocacy supports for people with disabilities
  • Statutory Sectoral Plans (disability action plans) of six Government Departments which cover communications; environment; transport; social welfare; employment; and health and disability support services.
  • Assessment of the impact for people with disabilities for all significant memoraNDA coming before Government for decision

Work is underway on a National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan to run to the end of 2015. This will have a broader reach than the original Sectoral Plans, extending to new policy areas and new Departments. It will also be a mechanism to advance commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will be important that the National Disability Strategy should also link into the national mental health strategy A Vision for Change, and to the strategies being developed for children and for older people.

The development and implementation of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan is supported by the National Disability Strategy Implementation Group which is chaired by the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. The National Disability Strategy Implementation Group comprises representatives of the main Government Departments involved, the County and City Managers Association, the National Disability Authority and the Disability Stakeholder Group. The Disability Stakeholder Group was originally convened in 2006, but was re-established in November 2011, by the Minister of State, to include individuals with disabilities alongside representatives of disability organisations.

The National Disability Authority will continue to support the implementation of the strategy by Government Departments and public bodies and to support the measurement of progress on outcomes, through our research, advice papers and practical guidance.

Objective 1:

To undertake research, provide information and evidence-based advice to Government Departments and public bodies to support implementation of the National Disability Strategy

Key Performance Indicators

  • Effective engagement with Government Departments and public bodies around implementation of the National Disability Strategy
  • Advice to guide a 'whole-of-Government' approach to disability
  • Effective participation in the National Disability Strategy Implementation Group and preparation of solution-focused advice papers to it
  • Statutory Codes of Practice developed as requested
  • Research on good practice to inform advice and implementation
  • Facilitated forum to hear views of people with disabilities and reports on their input to these forums
  • Timely response to requests from Government Departments and public bodies for advice, guidelines or other supports to implement the National Disability Strategy
  • Monitoring effective delivery of National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan
  • Dissemination of NDA guidance.

Objective 2:

To monitor the impact of the National Disability Strategy on the lives of people with disabilities, in particular through tracking and reporting on a suite of agreed outcome indicators

Key Performance Indicators

  • Engagement with relevant stakeholders to ensure the availability of data for agreed outcome indicators
  • Research, analysis and reporting on outcomes for people with disabilities

Objective 3:

To monitor and report on

  • Employment of people with disabilities in the public service (Part 5, Disability Act 2005)
  • Implementation of statutory Codes of Practice under the Disability Act 2005
  • Implementation of other codes of practice, standards and guidelines, as appropriate

Key Performance Indicators

  • Annual statutory report to the Minister on Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005
  • Follow-up recommendations to any public bodies considered non-compliant in any two successive years
  • Reports on compliance with statutory Codes of Practice
  • Research, guidelines and seminars to guide and illustrate good practice delivered and disseminated

Objective 4:

To promote positive attitudes to disability

Key Performance Indicators

  • Effective engagement with stakeholders to ensure a strategic approach to promoting positive attitudes;
  • Identify areas that have yet to benefit from experiencing positive attitudes
  • Co-ordinated actions fostered among a range of stakeholders
  • Evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of various promotion measures

Objective 5:

Provide advice and information to support ratification, and monitoring implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Key Performance Indicators

  • Advice to Departments to support ratification and implementation
  • Advice and guidance on mental capacity and supported decision-making
  • Advice to the Central Statistics Office on statistical monitoring
  • Advice and guidance on implementation of Universal Design (see Strategic Priority 3)
  • Analysis of progress in implementation
  • Analysis of statistical data collected, in line with Article 31, to formulate and implement policies that give effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Monitor progress on universal design