National Disability Authority – Annual Conference 2021: 14th October

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National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2021

Opportunities and Aspirations for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Progressive Realisation of UNCRPD Article 12 (Equal Recognition before the Law)


Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021

Time: 10am – 4.15pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar


The National Disability Authority would like to invite you to its Annual Conference 2021, which will focus on the theme of progressive realisation of UNCRPD Article 12 through the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Article 12 of the UNCRPD obliges States Parties to recognise that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with other persons and to take all appropriate measures to provide persons with disabilities with the support they need to make decisions.

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is an innovative and progressive piece of legislation, which seeks to move away from a medical model interpretation of capacity, to a social model that embraces the person’s right to make their own decisions, and confirms the state’s obligation to ensure they are supported to do so. It abolishes wardship, establishes various levels of supported decision-making and promotes the practice of advance planning. It is due to be commenced in 2022.

The Conference will take a holistic view of all the implications of the legislation, bringing together all relevant stakeholders, including professionals who are preparing to implement the legislation and individuals whose lives will be impacted by it.


The Conference will be a fully virtual event, and you can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hRgknAzUR_K8mc4bWa83KA


Irish Sign Language interpretation and real-time captioning will be available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: nda.annualconference@nda.ie


A full programme is available here: http://nda.ie/policy-and-research/conference-reports/nda-annual-conferences/nda-annual-conference-2021-opportunities-and-aspirations-for-the-assisted-decision-making-capacity-act-2015-progressive-realisation-of-uncrpd-article-12-equal-recognition-before-the-law-.html


We look forward to welcoming you to our Annual Conference 2021!

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