Social Policy Analysis and Campaigning
Issued on June 12 2012
The National Disability Strategy (NDS) sets out a new vision for people with disabilities in Ireland and a clear commitment to mainstreaming. This presents new opportunities as well as challenges, particularly in the current economic climate.
The Government has acknowledged the great value of the experience and knowledge held by disability organisations. Participation by these disability organisations in the process of securing the implementation of the NDS is critical, given their extensive understanding of disability issues and their role as service providers.
All disability organisations have a role to play in influencing other organisations, sectors and agencies, beyond the disability specific arena, to make sure that services are available to people with disabilities. In addition, organisations can play an active part in influencing policy at government level that will impact on people with disabilities.