National Disability Strategy

Monitoring the National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy is a coordinated and planned approach, across Government Departments, to promote greater inclusion by people with disabilities in Irish society. Key foundations include the Equality legislation, which outlaws discrimination against people with disabilities, among others, and the Disability Act 2005, which gives legal effect to the principle that mainstream public services should serve people with disabilities alongside other citizens ('mainstreaming').

A National Disability Strategy Implementation Group is driving the implementation of the Strategy. This group comprises senior officials of key Government departments; the National Disability Authority and the Disability Stakeholder Group, which comprises six disability umbrella groups and individuals with lived experience of disability.

The National Disability Authority is working on a suite of indicators to monitor the outcomes achieved under the Strategy.


The indicators are not intended to capture every aspect of progress, but rather to signal progress in key areas, and with the focus on outcomes achieved for people with disabilities rather than on actions undertaken.

Data issues

To monitor progress of the National Disability Strategy over time, data sources are required that are regularly updated. With this in mind, many of the indicators being used to measure progress are derived from existing data sources such as:

There are some areas, however, where suitable indicators are not readily available from existing data sources. The NDA will commission specific surveys to gather these data via an omnibus national survey with an additional booster sample of persons with disabilities or persons sharing a household with a person with a disability.

Page last updated: 04/11/2012