Annual Report 2009

The 2009 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 2009.

The NDA's work in 2009 included

  • Providing independent, authoritative advice and information to government departments and agencies
  • Supporting the implementation of the National Disability Strategy in key areas of communications, employment, environment, health, social affairs and transport
  • Ongoing programme of research work focused on a range of issues such as examining
    • community living options for people with disabilities
    • The quality of maternity, childbirth and early motherhood services for women with disabilities
    • Representation of people with disabilities in the Irish broadcast media
    • Annual conference on “Promoting Independent and Community Living for people with intellectual disabilities”.
  • NDA’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design focussed on
    • 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 with key stakeholders from industry, business and education and
    • Held the first ever 24 Hour Universal Design Challenge in Ireland.

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 and Law Reform.

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