NDA’s Building Back Better Consultation
On 14th May 2021, the National Disability Authority (NDA) hosted a virtual event to hear directly from persons with disabilities and their representative organisations on the theme of ‘Building Back Better Post COVID-19’. The aim of the event was to hear perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on education, employment and daily living and to hear of innovations or developments that could be adopted in the post-pandemic world to achieve better outcomes for persons with disabilities. The consultation focused on harnessing the learning about positive ways to build back better.
It emerged during the discussions that many participants had experienced positive developments in their lives during COVID-19. They expressed the hope that any gains achieved during the pandemic would be built on for the longer term. They hoped that learnings from more negative experiences during the pandemic would lead to mechanisms being put in place to prevent such actions being repeated in future crises.
In the summary, the views of persons with disabilities as voiced in the consultation are grouped into the categories of representation and voice, universal design (UD), technology and education and employment.