The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force in Ireland on 19 April 2018.
The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
The Convention includes Article 27 on work and employment. Article 27 – Work and employment states that:
“States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. States Parties shall safeguard and promote the realization of the right to work.”
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
- The National Disability Authority (NDA) provides a comprehensive list of legislation in the area of disability.