The Statutory Functions of the National Disability Authority
The main statutory functions of the NDA are: research and statistics; assisting in the development of standards; creating Codes of Practice; monitoring the implementation of disability related standards, Codes and strategies; and, promoting Universal Design.
Policy and Research
Our team conducts research that informs our policy advice and guidance to Government on disability matters.
Our Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
The NDA incorporates the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, the only statutory Centre of its kind globally.
Standards and Monitoring
The NDA assists in the development and monitoring of standards and Codes of Practice.
How the National Disability Authority Works
At the NDA, we carry out our work in a variety of ways:
- We carry out or commission research looking at good practice in disability policy and practice, both in Ireland and internationally
- We use this research to underpin the advice we give to Government through formal written advice papers, submissions to consultations and through our participation in working groups and committees
- We develop practical guidance to support the full inclusion of disabled people in our communities, schools and work-places
- We develop Codes of Practice to demonstrate good practice in recognising the rights of disabled people. We also have a duty to monitor and report on the performance of the public sector in relation to these Codes
- We host and facilitate meetings between different stakeholders so that issues and potential solutions can be discussed with input from all parties. Discussions with Disabled Persons Organisations and other disabled people brings the lived experience to our advice
- We organise seminars and conferences to share knowledge and good practice in relation to disability and Universal Design
- We analyse data and produce statistics on the experiences of disabled people in comparison to those without disabilities. We encourage and advise other public bodies on how to gather and use data about the people with disabilities who use their services