About these guidelines

These guidelines are a practical resource to support public officials at national and local level to meaningfully consult with and actively involve disabled people and their representative organisations in policy development and other decision making processes to meet obligations set out under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

These guidelines support officials to take a universal design approach to all public consultation and participation processes so that disabled people can participate on an equal basis with others. They may also be useful to other organisations who wish to consult with disabled people.

Below are an ISL summary of the report by chapter, the main report in Word and PDF formats, an Easy-to-Read version and the consultation report.

Below are six Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos summarising the various sections of the report. Below that are Word and PDF versions of the main report, a PDF of the Easy-to-Read summary and a copy of the consultation report.

ISL Report Summary: : Introduction

ISL Report Summary: Section One - Quick Guides

ISL Report Summary: Section Two - Stakeholder Engagement

ISL Report Summary: Section Three - Participation in Practice

ISL Report Summary: Section Four - Good Practice for Inclusion of Disabled People

ISL Report Summary: Appendix


Participation Matters: Guidelines on implementing the obligation to meaningfully engage with disabled people in public decision making

Full Report (2022) Word

Participation Matters: Guidelines on implementing the obligation to meaningfully engage with disabled people in public decision making

Full Report (2022) PDF

Participation Matters: Guidelines on implementing the obligation to meaningfully engage with disabled people in public decision making

Easy to Read Version (2022) PDF

Participation Matters: Consultation Report

Word (2022)

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