Independent and Community Living - the views of people with disabilities, families and frontline staff

NDA has identified Independent Living and participating in the life of the community as a key priority area over 2010-2012.

The aim of this consultation was to elicit the views of people with intellectual disability, physical and sensory disabilities, family members, advocates and frontline service providers on options for Independent Living, community participation and quality of daily life for people with disabilities in Ireland that will maximise their independence, choice, control of their daily lives and community participation. The consultation aimed at hearing the participants' perspectives of the barriers and challenges, and what might facilitate achievement of these goals. The NDA also consulted participants on emerging policy proposals from the Department of Health and Children as part of the value for money and policy review of disability services.

NDA's mandate on policy advice, research, standards and universal design addresses the inclusion of people with disabilities in the economic, social and cultural life of the community. Many of the broad suite of issues that this encompasses are coming to the fore in a number of ways such as HSE's reviews of day services and congregated settings; the value for money and policy review of disability services; ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; National Disability Survey findings, etc. It is therefore critical that the learning from this consultation can inform NDA's policy advice in these areas and bring added value to such processes.

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