Health and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 25 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) requires States to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in accessing health services available to others and that they have access to health services specifically required because of their disability.

We developed a series of in-depth papers on individual UNCRPD Articles. These papers detail the main data available relevant to specific Articles and provide an overview of key policies, programmes, services, supports and data that exist in the Irish context. Our paper on Article 25 outlines the main policies, programmes, services, supports and data available related to health and disabled people.

Series of Papers on Individual UNCRPD Articles

NDA Review of HIQA Standards and Regulations

In 2015 the NDA published a review of the Implementation of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards and Regulations for Residential Services for Adults and Children with Disabilities at the invitation of the then Minister of State for Disabilities Kathleen Lynch.

The review capture the experience, impact and learning from the introduction of the system of regulation, standards and inspections of residential disability services that had begun in late 2013 , and, also highlighted the range of good practices in place. The NDA review consisted of an analysis of a sample of HIQA inspection reports and a series of engagements with key stakeholders.

Key findings included:

  • All participants recognised the need for regulation and inspection
  • Residents want more information about HIQA and the inspection process
  • Residents want to have an input into the changes that happen in their home following inspection
  • Higher levels of non-compliance were found in larger centres
  • Health and safety and risk management was the area most frequently needing attention

Read the reports here

COVID-19 and Disability

We developed a number of reports and submissions on the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities.

Physical Activity and Sport

We previously conducted some research related to physical activity and sport.

Oral Health

We previously developed a report on how to improve oral health services for people with disabilities.

Respite servcies

We commissioned research on the views of those who use disability respite services.

Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Complex Age-Related Conditions

This research examine the care and service options for older adults with intellectual disabilities and complex age-related conditions across a number of service settings.


We make various submissions on health and social care matters relating to people with disabilities.