Launch of the 'Participation Matters' Guidelines

The National Disability Authority will launch its new report, “Participation Matters: Guidelines on implementing the obligation to meaningfully engage with disabled people in public decision making” on Thursday September 22nd 2022. The event will take place on Zoom from 3pm to 4:30pm. Irish Sign Language interpretation and captioning will be provided.

Registration: Please email in order to register for the event. Please include details of any accessibility requirements, if applicable.


  • Minister Anne Rabbitte, TD. Minister of State with responsibility for Disability at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
  • Members of the DPO Network
  • Members of the Youth Collective, Independent Living Movement Ireland
  • Claire Feeney, the Housing Agency

Further details about the “Participation Matters” Guidelines

Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2018. UNCRPD places an obligation on Government to include disabled people, through their representative organisations, in the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and legislation, and in other decision making processes.

These guidelines support public officials to meet their UNCRPD obligations with respect to participation. They provide practical information about how to meaningfully consult with and actively involve disabled people and their representative organisations in decision making. This guidance is an update to the NDA’s 2002 publication “Ask Me: Guidelines for Effective Consultation with People with Disabilities.”

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