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Ireland has signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Ireland now has to make sure that it consults with and involves people with disabilities when making policy and law that has an effect on them.

To make sure that this happens, the Government has decided to set up a new group, called the Disability Participation and Consultation Network.

The Network will make sure that people with disabilities will be heard directly when the Government makes important decisions.

Having already run a process to find and fund organisations to help run the Network, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is now seeking to find:

  • People with disabilities, Disabled Persons Organisations and representative organisations who wish to become members of the Network.

The role of members will be provide the views and opinions of people with disabilities living in Ireland on law, policy and other important issues. Working on specific issues, this could mean, for example, attending workshops and meetings (online, or in person, having discussions with other members, or completing questionnaires.

Members may also have the opportunity to help to consult with people with disabilities who are not in the Network to gather their views.

It would be good for the Network to have members who represent the wide range of disability experiences in Ireland. Applications are sought from individuals and organisations who may normally be most distanced from policy and legislation formation.

Expressions of Interest should be made by completing the application form below. Applicants should also refer to the guidance document which give more details on the Network and the role of Members. Documents are screen reader enabled and Easy 2 Read versions are provided.

The deadline for applications is 11am November 27 2020.

Queries can be submitted to dpacnetwork@dcya.gov.ie

For an Easy to Read version of this webpage please click here.

Watch Minister Rabbitte’s launch video here.