About Us

The National Disability Authority (NDA) was established on 12 June 2000. We are the independent statutory body that provides information and advice to the Government on policy and practice relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities. We have a role to assist the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in the co-ordination of disability policy.

Our functions include research, developing and collaborating on the development of relevant statistics; assisting in the development of standards; developing codes of practice and monitoring the implementation of standards, codes and employment of persons with disabilities in the public service.

We work through our Centre for Excellence in Universal Design to promote the universal design of the built environment, products, services and information and communication technologies so that they can be easily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size, ability or disability.


To mark our 20th anniversary we have published a book that charts the origins of the NDA and how our statutory role has evolved and expanded since 2000. This story is told alongside an account of the major milestones in disability policy development over the last twenty years.

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