WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INCLUSION STRATEGY?
The National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021 (NDIS) is a four year plan designed to provide greater supports for Irish citizens living with different kinds of disabilities in their daily lives. The NDIS builds on the preceding National Disability Strategy 2013 – 2015, chiefly aiming to
- Developing a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy
- Coordinating the implementation of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities (2015 – 2024)
- Engaging with the European Commission and Council of Europe on the development of disability policy and sharing of good practices
- Providing grant aid and corporate governance to the National Disability Authority
- Acting as a central point of information for queries relating to Disability Policy
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING ITS IMPLEMENTATION OUT?
The Department of Justice and Equality has overall responsibility for ensuring that the NDIS is actively and fully implemented, specifically under the auspices of the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD. Cross-departmental cooperation is nonetheless stressed throughout the Strategy to secure its ultimate success. These bodies include:
- The Department of Health
- The Department of Housing, Panning, Community and Local Government
- The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
- The Department of Social Protection
WHAT ARE ITS STRANDS?
The NDIS concentrates its focus around 8 aspects, each and every one pressing issues facing the autistic community in Ireland. The following are:
- Equality and Choice
- Joined-Up Policies and Public Services
- Health and Wellbeing
- Person-Centred Disability Services
- Living in the Community
- Transport and Accessible Places
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STRATEGY?
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