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, 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 contributes to the UK Government’s reports. The Executive's contribution to the UK’s last report was submitted 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.
The material received from all devolved administrations and GB Departments was combined into a composite UK report. In order to meet UN requirements in terms of the amount of text that will be accepted in the final report, it was necessary to substantially condense the original material provided by the Executive.
Further information on UNCRPD can be found on the United Nations website.
Disability Discrimination Legislation
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 provides legislative protections for disabled people.
The Act has been significantly extended by subsequent pieces of legislation, including:
- the Disability Discrimination Order 2006
- the Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
- the Disability Discrimination (Questions and Replies) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Service Providers and Public Authorities Carrying Out Functions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Private Clubs, etc.) Regulations(Northern Ireland) 2008