The Disability Stakeholder Group (DSG) has been in existence for 15 years. It is an established group recognised for the important role that it plays in the monitoring of the Government’s disability policy and strategies. It is appointed by the Minister of State for Disability. Appointments are on a 3 year cycle. The current DSG is the fifth cycle.
It is a voluntary group of individuals with expertise and lived experience of disability. The group is selected following an invitation for Expressions of Interest to participate in the Group. It usually comprises about 24 members, representing a cross cut of the sector, and includes an independent Chairperson.
Whilst voluntary, members are eligible to have their Travel and Subsistence costs met (in accordance with civil service rates) where meetings occur in person. Meetings are now held routinely online through Zoom and similar platforms. This development provides greater opportunity for geographic spread in the membership across the country.
What does the DSG do?
The current DSG is the fifth DSG. It has an important role in monitoring the implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 (NDIS).
The NDIS is the key framework for policy and action to address the needs of persons with disabilities in Ireland. Through its actions the strategy supports effective progress in implementing the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD).
The DSG carries out its role in three strands, by:
Attending meetings of the NDIS Steering Group.
This group is chaired by the Minister of State with Responsibility for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte, T.D and attended by officials from government departments. The group monitors the implementation of the strategy and the DSG bring their expertise and experience to that process. The Chairperson of the DSG provides a report to the Steering Group at each meeting addressing the delivery of the Strategy, and other relevant matters.
Attending meetings of Departmental Consultative Committees (DCC).
DSG members also attend meetings held by individual government departments. NDIS actions relevant to those departments are monitored and disability issues generally are discussed at these meetings.
Meetings of the DSG.
Membership of the DSG meets regularly to examine the progress of the NDIS actions and consider related matters in the sector.
The DSG is not an advocacy, issue based or lobbying group. Its role is specifically to act as part of the monitoring structure of the NDIS and its actions.
The current terms of reference for the DSG are:
Work in partnership with Government Departments to monitor the implementation of the NDIS;
Work collaboratively to bring solutions to the NDIS Steering Group including actions which support the effective implementation of the plan;
Assist in developing a coordinated input, drawing on the lived experience of people with disabilities;
Assist in monitoring delivery against agreed targets and to bring constructive suggestions for improving implementation;
Work together to provide coordinated advice; and
Respect the independence of the Chairperson of the DSG as facilitating the input of the group to the wider NDIS Steering Group
Disability Stakeholder Group Meeting Minutes
Disability Stakeholder Group Minutes 27th May 2021
Expressions of Interest for Disability Stakeholder Group membership
Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte T.D., is seeking to establish a new Disability Stakeholder Group (DSG). In order to find organisations and individuals to join the DSG an Expression of Interest process is being launched.
The DSG plays an important role in the monitoring of the Government’s disability policy and strategies, including monitoring the current National Disability Inclusion Strategy. More detailed information about the DSG is available above and in the documentation for this launch.
The next DSG with be the sixth group. It will continue to monitor the implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy (now extended to run until the end of 2022). It carries out this role by:
Attending meeting of the NDIS Steering Group, which is chaired by Minister Rabbitte.
Attending Departmental Consultative Committees, which are groups, set up in Government Departments to monitor implementation of the NDIS and other disability related work.
Attending meetings of the DSG where issues are discussed and where the DSG’s reports to the NDIS Steering Group are agreed.
Minister Rabbitte is seeking DSG members with all kinds of experience of disability, including lived experience, professional experience and academic knowledge. Expressions of Interest are therefore sought from:
Disabled Persons Organisations
Individuals with lived experience of disability.
Organisations with expertise in disability issues and advocacy.
Individuals with relevant professional or academic expertise.
It would be good for the DSG to have members who represent the wide range of disability experiences in Ireland and expressions of interest are encouraged 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 DSG and the role of members.
Both documents are available in Easy to Read versions.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 August 2021.