The Equality Division coordinates the development of Government policy on disability.
Its main functions in relation to Disability include:
- Developing a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy
- Coordinating the implementation of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities (2015 - 2024)
- Engaging with the European Commission and Council of Europe on the development of disability policy and sharing of good practices
- Providing grant aid and corporate governance to the National Disability Authority
- Acting as a central point of information for queries relating to Disability Policy
National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2016-2020
On 28 July 2016 Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability, Finian McGrath TD announced details of the third phase in the comprehensive consultation process that is currently taking place in relation to the development of the new National Disability Inclusion Strategy.
Phase 3 will focus on agreeing specific actions and timescales for delivery in relation to each of the high level objectives agreed in Phase 2. As with Phase 2, public consultation meetings will be taking place at regional level as follows:
Thursday 13th October - Cork
Monday 17th October - Dublin
Tuesday 25th October - Tullamore
The consultation document and draft actions which will be under discussion at these meetings is available here.
For more details of the consultation meetings, please contact David Keogh, Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality, at 01- 4790279.
Following phase 3, a proposed/draft Strategy will be prepared with the assistance of the National Disability Strategy Steering Group for consideration by Government. It is intended that the new Strategy will be in place by end 2016.
Easy to Read
Information about the consultation process and the draft objectives are available in Easy to Read versions also. Click on the links below.
Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024
The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD at Farmleigh House on 2 October 2015. The strategy requires a cross-government approach that brings together actions by different Departments and state agencies in a concerted effort to address the barriers and challenges that impact on employment of people with disabilities.
A group to oversee the implementation of the strategy has been established and has met on five occasions to review progress of the six strategic priorities of the strategy. This group, which is chaired by Mr Fergus Finlay, will ensure that each Government Department is fulfilling its obligations and meeting its targets under the Strategy. The Group's first annual report will be produced by the end of 2016.
Disability Awareness Raising Grant Scheme 2016
The aim of the scheme is to support the promotion of positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities. We invited applications from organisations with proposals that raise awareness of disability and that demonstrate effective action to improve attitudes towards persons with disabilities. Grant awards ranged from €5,000 to a maximum of €40,000 per project. The deadline for applications was 11 August 2016, and grants were awarded to six successful organisations in September 2016.
Project proposals should raise awareness and promote positive attitudes to persons with disabilities in general but particularly in these areas:
- delivering mainstream services and information
- community activities
- sporting activities
- social activities
- local business
National Disability Authority (NDA)
The National Disability Authority is the independent state body providing expert advice on disability policy and practice to the government and the public sector, and promoting Universal Design in Ireland.
Key disability policy documents, including the Report of the Commission on People with Disabilities can be found here.
Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017 - 2023
The Council of Europe is currently preparing a new Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017 – 2023.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Information available here.
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