Code of Practice on Accessible Heritage Sites

The vision of the NDA is the creation of an inclusive Irish society in which people with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities to participate in the economic, social and cultural life of the nation and of an environment which is accessible to all. Improving access to heritage sites for people with disabilities is one important step in achieving this vision of equal participation.

Section 29 of the Disability Act 2005 places a statutory obligation on the head of a public body to ensure that, as far as practicable, the whole or a part of a heritage site in its ownership, management or control and to which the public has access, is accessible to people with disabilities and can be visited by them with ease and dignity. This obligation does not apply if it has a significant adverse effect on the conservation status of a species or habitat or the integrity of a heritage site or if it would compromise the characteristics of the heritage site. No adaptations or modifications of any heritage site can be taken that are contrary to law.

This Code of Practice is designed to guide public bodies in meeting their statutory obligation under the Act by providing practical advice and examples. It is the product of a national consultation process undertaken by the NDA which included consultation with all Government Departments and has been approved by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D.

This publication is in ‘Accessible PDF’ format. It includes the necessary structural and descriptive information to ensure that everybody has full access to the contents of the publication. People who use screen reading tools or other assistive technologies should be able to navigate and read this publication with ease.

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