NDA Conference 2015 - Planning and Leadership for inclusive mainstream public services for people with disabilities

For the last fifteen years it has been established Government policy in Ireland that mainstream public services include and serve people with disabilities. This is underpinned by the Disability Act 2005.  The 2015 conference examined how leadership in the public service can ensure that services are planned, designed and delivered to include people with disabilities. The conference examined key aspects of leadership that make this a reality, as well as showcasing practical examples and the perspective of people with disabilities. This event had a cross-border focus, with speakers from both parts of the island sharing learning and experience.

Programme for NDA Conference 2015


Helen Guinan, Chairperson, National Disability Authority

Opening speeches

Minister Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. Minister for Justice & Equality

Minister Stephen Farry, MLA, Minister for Employment & Learning, Northern Ireland Executive

Session 1

Chair: Robert Watt, Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Keynote Speaker

Leadership to implement change in the public sector

Nuala Doherty, Director, Centre for Effective Services

Transcript of presentation by Nuala Doherty

Creating age-friendly and disability-friendly counties

Conn Murray, Chief Executive, Limerick City and County Council

Transcript of presentation by Conn Murray

Coffee Break

Session 2

Chair: Vivian Geiran, Director, The Probation Service
Designing and delivering autism-friendly services for justice professionals in Northern Ireland

Shirelle Stewart, Director, National Autistic Society Northern Ireland

Christine Watts, Environmental Services Manager, Northern Ireland Assembly 

Transcript of presentation by Shirelle Stewart

Transcript of presentation by Christine Watts

Creating user- led inclusive digital services

Leela Damodaran, Professor of Digital Inclusion and Participation, Loughborough University, UK 

Transcript of presentation by Leela Damodaran

Reflections on 15 years of mainstreaming achievements, the unfinished business, the next steps

Des Kenny, former CEO of the National Council for the Blind Ireland

Transcript of presentation by Des Kenny 


Session 3

Chair: Bernie McNally, Assistant Secretary, Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Opening Speech

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D. Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy

Keynote speaker

When we design for extremes everyone benefits: The Canadian online inclusive experience

David Berman, David Berman Communications

Transcript of presentation by David Berman

Creating disability-inclusive services and public places in a local council

Creating disability-inclusive services and public places in a local council 

Selina Bonnie, Access & Equality Officer, South Dublin County Council  

Sharon O’Grady, Senior Executive Architect, South Dublin County Council 

Transcript of presentation by Selina Bonnie

Transcript of presentation by Sharon O'Grady

Employment of people with disabilities in mainstream jobs – the experience in Northern Ireland

Terry Park, Head of Disability Employment Service, Department for Employment & Learning, Northern Ireland 

Transcript of presentation by Terry Park

Open Forum and Q&A (all speakers)

Chair: Christy Lynch, CEO, KARE

Closing Speech

Siobhan Barron, Director, National Disability Authority