Public consultation on effective engagement with people with disabilities

Deadline extended to August 16th 2021.

The NDA is updating its guidance to Government departments and public bodies in relation to engaging people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in policy development and consultation processes.

The NDA published the ‘Ask Me - Guidelines for Effective Consultation with People with Disabilities’ in 2002 in order to provide practical advice for how to undertake inclusive consultation processes with people with disabilities. Since the publication of these guidelines, a number of legislative and policy changes have taken place, including the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which outlines specific obligations for Government departments and public bodies. Therefore, we intend to review and update these guidelines in line with these changes.

We are consulting directly with a number of Disabled Persons Organisations as part of this review but are now inviting input from a broad range of persons with disabilities across the country and other interested parties to provide their views.

We are inviting you to submit your views and experiences of how the government and public bodies can ensure the effective participation of people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in public policy development and in monitoring how well various policies and strategies are working. Your submission will help us in updating our guidance.

We are accepting submissions by email, post or by video where you speak or sign your views by 16th August 2021.

The documents at the bottom of the page contain further information about how to make your submission. The information is available in Word, Easy-to-read and Irish Sign Language.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos with English voiceover and subtitles

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