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Disability Forum

Northern Ireland

What you need to know


Disability forum

The Disability Forum involves persons with disabilities and their representative organisations to assist the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to deliver their joint role to promote, protect and monitor implementation of United Nations Convention on the Protection of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Northern Ireland.

The Forum currently involves 11 people from representative organisations and individuals with disabilities* and will seek to take account of the interests of people with a wide range of disabilities, including children and older people.


Forum Membership & Remit

The Disability Forum has a remit to assist and advise officials of the Independent Mechanism Northern Ireland to fulfil their UNCRPD Article 33 independent monitoring role.

This includes engagement with the Northern Ireland Executive and UK Government towards the full implementation of human rights for people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Forum Membership currently comprises the following representative organisations and individuals: 

  • Age NI
  • The British Deaf Association
  • Children in Northern Ireland
  • Centre for Independent Living NI
  • Dr Bronagh Byrne (Independent Member)
  • Inclusive Mobility Transport Advisory Committee
  • Mencap
  • MindWise
  • The Northwest Forum of People with Disabilities
  • The Omnibus Partnership
  • Royal National Institute

Disability Forum Background and Meetings

The first meeting of the IMNI Disability Forum was held on Thursday 3 March 2021. Download the meeting minutes in pdf format.

The following background documents are available to download:


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