NDA Conference 2019 - UNCRPD: Past Lessons and Future Aspirations

The NDA Annual Conference 2019 was held on Thursday, 17th October 2019 in the Croke Park Conference Centre. The Annual Conference was entitled “UNCRPD: Past Lessons and Future Aspirations” and provided an opportunity to share valuable Irish and international experience regarding how the UNCRPD should be used to drive policy development in order to deliver positive change for people with disabilities. The conference allowed for discussion on the lessons that could be learned from other countries who have navigated the implementation and review process, and what could be expected from the first reporting cycle.

The presentations are available below.  If you require the content of the presentations in an accessible format please send an email to nda@nda.ie with “Conference 2019 Presentations” in the subject line.

Presentations from Plenary sessions


Damjan Tatic, former member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Thea Bull Skarstein, Senior Analyst, Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Department for Gender Equality, Non-Discrimination and International Affairs


Christine Steger, Chair of Austria's Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the UNCRPD


Brian Hayes, Chair of the National Platform for Self Advocates

Presentations from afternoon sessions

Session 1. Article 9: Accessibility

Dr. Ger Craddock (Centre for Excellence in Universal Design)

Grace O'Regan (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

Session 2. Article 19: Independent Living and being included in the Community


Nóirín Clancy, Tómas Murphy and Christine Magee (Inclusion Ireland)


Siobhán O'Brien (Wexford Local Development)

Achieving a right to personal assistance in Ireland


James Cawley (Independent Living Movement Ireland)

Session 3. Article 27: Employment

Ann Heelan (AHEAD)

Margaret Crawley (OWL progamme), Catherine Kelly (WALK) and Peter Furlong (KARE)

Pauline Brennan (Enterprise Ireland) and Marion Wilkinson (NDA)