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Understanding Emotional, Psychological and Mental Health disability in Ireland: Factors Facilitating Social Inclusion

This report uses the data from the National Disability Survey 2006 to look at people with enduring emotional, psychological and mental health disability, and the extent to which those with this condition may have other forms of disability also.


Recruitment of Senior Research Officer

The National Disability Authority wishes to recruit a Senior Research Officer whose role will be to design and undertake research, and manage externally-commissioned research in support of the National Disability Authority’s roles of policy advice, standards development and monitoring.


Mock Elections, for people with sight loss – 4th and 5th June 2014

The National Disability Authority is running fun ‘mock elections’ to test some different methods that might allow people with sight loss to vote without assistance at elections. We are looking for people with severe or complete sight loss who could come to our offices for up to an hour between 2pm and 8pm on either 4th or 5th June 2014. You will take part in some fun elections using different methods and equipment, and give us your feedback about the different approaches. The results of these trials will help us to advise the Government about future developments in voting.

If you would like to take part, you can book your place online, by email to holeary@nda.ie or by phone to Heather at 01-6080480 by Friday 2nd of May to choose a time that suits you. If you are comfortable in using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you can bring that along too. We may be able to make a contribution towards travel costs where appropriate.


Technical Guidelines for the Universal Design of In-Home Displays launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte

On the 2nd of December, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte launched Technical Guidelines for the Universal Design of In-Home Displays. The Guidelines were produced by the National Disability Authority's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design working in partnership with the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER).


2012 Report on Compliance with Part 5 of the Disability Act on the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Public Sector

The National Disability Authority's report on employment of people with disabilities in the public service in 2012 shows that the 3% jobs target was exceeded across the public sector.


Annual Report 2012

The National Disability Authority has published their Annual Report 2012.

D’fhoilsigh an tÚdarás Náisiúnta Míchumais an Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2012.


NDA Annual Conference 2013

The NDA Annual Conference 2013 took place in Croke Park on 6 November.

The theme of this year's conference was 'Supporting transitions for people with disabilities'.


Transition Year students - eLearning Service

The National Disability Authority is pleased to support the "Enabling Access Across Generations" project led by the Local Authority Access Officers Network. The project helps Transition Year students to learn more about dealing with people with disabilities, as preparation for their work experience.


Submissions on the Comprehensive Employment Strategy

The National Disability Authority (NDA) was asked by Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older Persons to assist in the development of a ten year comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities. We invited organisations, individuals with disabilities and those who have an interest in this area, to submit their views on what possible actions could be included in this strategy. The closing date for submissions was Friday 20 September 2013.


“Making public services accessible” conference

Our “Making public services accessible” conference took place on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013, in the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin. This half-day conference allowed delegates to learn more about topics such as making public services simpler for citizens, procurement and accessibility, Universal Design toolkits for customer engagement, and informing citizens about how to complain to government bodies under the Disability Act 2005.


Conference on Participation in Public and Political Life by People with Disabilities

The NDA and the European Parliament Information Office hosted a conference on Participation in Public and Political Life by People with Disabilities at Croke Park, Dublin on 24th May 2013. This was an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.


NDA Resource Allocation Feasibility Study

The National Disability Authority is undertaking research to identify the best model to use for assessing needs and allocating resources for disability services, and particularly the best way to determine an appropriate level of individualised budgets. The report on Phase 1 of this research is now available.


NDA Research Promotion Scheme

The National Disability Authority, subject to funding, operates a Research Promotion Scheme every two years. The purpose is to deliver pieces of quality new research on specific themes.


National Disability Authority’s Strategic Plan 2013-2015

The new strategic plan details how the National Disability Authority will work to guide national policy and design, to improve lives of people with disabilities and support greater independence.


"Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland"

This report explores contemporary national and international practices and thinking on Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones and to investigate these concepts from a Universal Design approach in the Irish urban environment.

This report sets out key evidence based findings and provides key recommendations in relation to the implementation of Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones in Ireland.


Publication of Your Voice Your Choice Report 2012

This Report captures the views and experiences of the participants in Your Voice Your Choice and will help inform the development of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan.


NDA Research Databases

The National Disability Authority hosts two searchable database of Irish disability-related research, which are a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The NDA wishes to add new records to the completed reseach database covering the period from January 2006 to present. If you or a member of your organisation has published disability research during this timeframe that you believe should be included in the database, please submit details of the research using this online Research Database submission form.

NDA also hosts a Research in Progress Database. If you or a member of your organisation is currently conducting disability research that you believe should be included in this database, please submit details of the research using this online Research in Progress submission form.



“Procurement and Accessibility” guidance document

The National Disability Authority’s “Procurement and Accessibility” guidance document aims to guide public bodies on how they can build accessibility into their procurement policies, procedures and practice and increase awareness of the legal requirement under the Disability Act 2005 for public bodies to ensure that services or goods supplied to them are accessible to people with disabilities.


Research on the provision of Assistive Technology in Ireland and other countries to support independent living across the life cycle

This study examined the approaches to the provision of Assistive Technology in Ireland and a number of other jurisdictions. The field of Assistive Technology (AT) concerns the practical tools that can support the functional needs of people who experience difficulties linked to disability or ageing. These technologies play a crucial role in enabling independent living and access to education and employment.


Accessibility toolkit for public sector staff

The National Disability Authority’s Accessibility Toolkit for public sector staff explains how to make public services, buildings, information, and websites more accessible to customers with disabilities. It also has advice about providing disability equality training to staff, consulting customers with disabilities, considering accessibility when procuring, and appointing Access Officers and Access Teams.


Access to Justice for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime

People with disabilities are more likely to be victims of crime than other citizens, however crime against people with disabilities is often not reported or does not proceed to prosecution. The National Disability Authority in 2011 funded research to explore the barriers to reporting and prosecuting such crime in Ireland, and at what happens in other jurisdictions. The research was undertaken by a team at University College Cork. The views expressed in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Disability Authority.


Survey on National Disability Strategy Indicators 2011

The National Disability Authority has been working on a suite of indicators to document the outcomes being achieved for people with disabilities under areas covered by the National Disability Strategy. To complement the data available from official data sources, NDA commissioned a survey in 2011 with a particular focus on any difficulties people with disabilities had in getting to where they want to go. The survey looked, among other matters, at access to transport, and at whether local facilities had steps into them. This survey was conducted by Ipsos MRBI, with a telephone sample of 1,000 people, supplemented by a booster sample to bring the number of disability households covered to 500. Similar surveys were conducted for the NDA in 2009 (Red C) and 2004 (MRBI).


Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach

This series of 10 booklets provides comprehensive best practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. The booklets were launched by Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government on 23rd February 2012.


National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disability in Ireland

The National Disability Authority undertook a national survey of public attitudes to disability in Ireland in July and August 2011. This survey builds upon previous surveys conducted by the Authority in 2001 and 2006.


Implementation of Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement

The National Disability Authority's 2012 report on implementation of the Croke Park Agreement can be found here. Savings are being achieved through working with a reduced staff complement, and through savings in the cost of central services.


NDA Tenders

NDA publishes all Requests for Tenders on the eTenders (www.etenders.gov.ie) procurement website. NDA is currently seeking submissions in relation to Requests for Tender, details of which can be found here.


Contemporary Developments in Disability Services

NDA has undertaken an extensive programme of work identifying contemporary developments in disability services. This work is now available in a series of papers culminating in the NDA's advice paper to the 2010 Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland.


NDA Annual Conferences

To facilitate the development of policy and practice and to improve the dissemination of research findings, the National Disability Authority hosts an annual conference. The papers from the NDA Annual Conference 2011 and the NDA Annual Conference 2012 are available.


Recent Policy Submissions from NDA

You can find some recent policy submissions and advice papers from the NDA in this section.



More news and events...

National Disability Strategy

The vision, mission and strategic objectives of the National Disability Strategy have been set out in a policy document which is available at the Department of Justice and Equality. Under the terms of the Disability Act 2005, six Government departments prepared Sectoral Plans on disability, which are now in force.

Links to Sectoral Plans

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government,
Department of Social Protection,
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Department of Health, (A review of the first year of this plan is also available).
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (A revised Sectoral Plan 2008 edition is also available).

NDA Access Officer

The NDA has appointed Mr Alan Dalton as Access Officer. He can arrange extra help for people with disabilities who use the NDA's information and services. The Disability Act 2005 requires every public body to have a least one Access Officer. If you need help to use the NDA's information and services, you can contact Alan Dalton by phone at (01) 608 0406 or by sending an email to accessofficer@nda.ie.


National Disability Authority Freedom of Information Officer

The National Disability Authority's Freedom of Information Officer is Edward Crean. If you wish to make a Freedom on Information request please forward it to Edward Crean by post to: National Disability Authority, 25 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, or by email to: ecrean@nda.ie.


    If you have a general question for the NDA, you should contact us by phone at (01) 608 0400 or by sending an email to nda@nda.ie.

 For questions about entitlements, please phone the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 074000, search the Citizens Information website or visit your local Citizens Information Centre.

The NDA has a complaints protocol for people who are not happy with the NDA's service.