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The Executive has a strategy to improve the lives of disabled people.

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The 2013/14 Annual Report on the implementation of the Executive’s Strategy to improve the lives of people with disabilities can be found has now been published. You can access this report here:
On 11 May 2015, Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann announced that the Executive’s Disability Strategy would be extended until March 2017 to allow additional time to ensure that focus remains and to give additional time for priority areas in the strategy to be progressed. The extension will have the additional benefit of providing adequate time to consult on and develop a new strategy. A copy of the press release can be found at:

A strategy to improve the lives of people with disabilities - 2012 to 2015

The Executive's strategy acknowledges that people with disabilities deserve to be treated equally alongside those without disabilities. It recognises that women and children especially face particular challenges and have needs which have previously been overlooked.
The purpose of the strategy is to:
  • Set out a high level policy framework to give coherence and guidance to Northern Ireland Departments’ activities across general and disability specific areas of policy;
  • Drive improved performance of service delivery leading to improved outcomes for persons with a disability;
  • Increase the understanding of the needs of persons with a disability and ensure these needs are recognised when policy is developed or when implementing initiatives which impact on disabled people; and
  • Improve their opportunities.
As stated above, this strategy has now been extended until March 2017.
You can download the strategy using the links below:
Alternative formats of the Strategy can be made available on request and you should forward any such requests to the contact points detailed below.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) came into force on 8 July 2009. As a signatory to the Convention member states we are required to submit a comprehensive report by July 2011 on measures taken to meet its obligations.
Along with other devolved Administrations, the Executive was invited to contribute to the UK Government’s Report. The Executive's contribution to this Report was submitted to the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) in January 2012. The report sets out the measures that are being taken to implement the Convention, and the progress made in protecting and delivering the rights contained within the Convention Articles. It also reports on key legislative and policy work that delivers outcomes for disabled people and which deliver the rights contained in the Convention's Articles.
ODI combined the material received from all devolved administrations and GB Departments into a composite report. In order to meet UN requirements in terms of the amount of text that will be accepted in the final report, ODI has had to substantially condense the original material provided by the Executive.

Contact the Disability Branch

Telephone: 028 90 520719
Fax: 028 90 523272
Text Phone: 028 90 522526
Writing to:
Disability Branch
OFMDFM
Room E3.19 Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SL