2000 - 2010 A brief history of disability in NI. 2000 - 2010 2001: Centre for Independent Living Northern Ireland is established. 2003: International Year of Persons with Disabilities designated by the UN. A series of programmes and events take place across Northern Ireland. 2004: Promoting Social Inclusion Group on Disability established by OFMDFM to develop a disability strategy. 2004: Formal recognition of British and Irish Sign Language (BSL and ISL). 2005: Special Education and Disability (NI) Order comes into force. Gives stronger educational rights for disabled people. 2006: Disability Discrimination Order (NI) comes into force. It places new duties on public authorities. 2007: United Nations General Assembly adopts the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). 2007: Following another period of political instability the NI Assembly and Executive return. 2009: UK ratifies the UNCRPD with a number of reservations. 2009: Promoting Social Inclusion Disability Reports are published by OFMDFM with 82 recommendations for government.