The National Disability Authority, on behalf of the State, promotes and helps secure the rights of people with disabilities.
The National Disability Authority (NDA) is an independent statutory agency established under the aegis of the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform by the National Disability Authority Act 1999.
NDA strives to ensure that the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities are protected. It has the following functions:
act as a national body to assist in the coordination and development of disability policy
undertake research and develop statistical information for the planning, delivery and monitoring of programmes and services for people with disabilities.
advise the Minister on standards for programmes and services and prepare codes of practice
monitor the implementation of standards and codes of practice
take the lead in both encouraging and recognising the promotion of equality of people with disabilities
Authority members are drawn from all backgrounds and include people with disabilities, parents and carers of people with disabilities and people working in the disability field.
The NDA Authority meet monthly to discuss and review the progress of NDA. There are 40 staff within the NDA and there are 3 advisory committees representing key stakeholders in the area of Standards, Research and Mental Health.