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National Disability Inclusion Strategy Public Consultations

Posted: 10th August 2016 National Disability Inclusion Strategy Public Consultations.

The Department of Justice and Equality is developing a new Disability Inclusion Strategy to run from 2016 to 2020, and they have recently announced a series of regional meetings as part of the final phase of the new Strategy’s development.  

Building on the first and second phase of this consultation process – which identified key themes and objectives for the new Strategy – the Department is now inviting views on a set of suggested actions under different themes such as education and employment.
(These actions can be viewed in full in the document below under “Resources”).

Proposed Actions

Some of the proposed actions are welcome, for example:

  • To introduce legislation to ensure Deaf people are provided with a sign language interpreter when accessing public services (Action 30).
  • To develop an implementation plan and commence implementation of the NCSE Policy Advice report on the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children (Action 40). 

However, many of the actions in the consultation document are vague and lacking in specifics. Under employment, the document says “we will continue to support people with disabilities to access further training and employment opportunities” (Action 49), but many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are well aware that there continues to be huge difficulties in accessing training courses due to a lack of communication support.

The Make Work Pay Group and the Department of Social Protection by the end of 2016, and this report will be considered by Government “with a view to introducing meaningful reforms to ensure that it is financially worthwhile for a person with a disability to take up employment” (Action 56). However, DeafHear is not aware at this stage of any consideration being given by the Make Work Pay Group to the costs of interpreters or hearing aids that are required by many Deaf or Hard of Hearing people in the course of their daily lives. While these services are typically provided free to medical card holders, those at work have to bear these considerable costs themselves.

Consultation Meetings

To progress the development of these actions and to hear the views of people with disabilities and their families, the Department of Justice and Equality is organising a series of regional consultation meetings. DeafHear encourages Deaf and hard of Hearing people to attend these meetings and give their views. Meeting and booking details are below, and for those who cannot attend, an alternative email address is provided to submit views and opinions.

Venues and dates

Thursday 13th October Imperial Hotel,
10am – 2pm
Monday 17th October Croke Park Conference
Centre, Dublin
10 am – 2pm
Tuesday 25th October Tullamore Court Hotel
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
10am – 2pm

Places are limited, so if you are planning to attend, please register here: by Friday 16th September.

Guidelines on the reimbursement of travel expenses are attached.

If you are unable to come to a consultation meeting, but would like to comment on the consultation document, please email or write to:  Mr. David Keogh, Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2.

If you have any queries in relation to the consultation events, please contact David Keogh at or call (01) 4790279.




National-Disability Strategy Inclusion Plan Phase 3 Consultation Document

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