Exploring the Experiences of Users of Disability Respite Services in Ireland

The NDA has been aware of a gap in the literature on the voice of persons using disability respite services. The literature instead is dominated by the voice of their parents and carers. This research aimed to redress that balance by broadening the evidence-base and increasing our understanding of perspectives of persons using respite services. This piece of qualitative research was commissioned by the NDA.


The report provides a number of specific recommendations arising directly from the report and some more general recommendations around the broader provision of respite services.  The report will be shared with the Department of Health and may be used to feed into policy developments in this area. The full report along with an easy read version and a plain English report can be found below. Appendices 2-5 are presented as separate documents also found below.

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