Annual Report 2008

The 2008 Annual Report of the National Disability Authority (NDA) outlines the progress made by the NDA during this year. It also highlights key developments and challenges in relation to disability in Ireland in 2008. The NDA continued to provide independent, authoritative advice and information to government departments and agencies in relation to the implementation of the National Disability Strategy in key areas of communications, employment, environment, health, social affairs and transport. The NDA also issues a questionnaire to all public bodies to monitor performance in relation to the Statutory Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information provided by Public Bodies.

The NDA published its second statutory report on employment of people with disabilities in the public sector.

An ongoing programme of research work focused on a range of issues such as examining community living options for people with disabilities; disclosure of a disability in the workplace and the quality of maternity, childbirth and early motherhood services for women with disabilities. NDA also hosted a conference on “Supporting People with Mental Health Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System” which provided an opportunity to initiate discussion and exploration of good practice in this field.

NDA’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design began work in supporting the development of standards and raising awareness of Universal Design in the areas of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), the built environment and in products and services.

8 sites within the public sector received Excellence through Accessibility awards. The awards reflect the level of accessibility that has been reached across key aspects of public bodies’ services including: buildings and facilities, publications, websites, customer services, human resources and procurement procedures.

2008 was the first full year of implementing the revised and enhanced Performance Management Delivery System (PMDS) and NDA continued to invest in the development and training of staff. NDA continues to be committed to modernisation and change and is supported in this through the NDA’s partnership committee. In line with commitments on Shared Services in the National Partnership Agreement Towards 2016, the NDA now uses the shared IT, financial and payroll services of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.