At Disability Action, we stand as the largest disabled person-led and pan-disability organisation in the United Kingdom, proudly located in Northern Ireland (NI). Our mission is clear - we provide vital services to and advocate passionately for the rights of d/Deaf and disabled people across our region.

**The Process: Our Collective Voice**

In a region where 1 in 4 individuals is disabled, our commitment to inclusivity is unwavering. We embarked on a journey of engagement, involving a remarkable 1849 disabled individuals and 335 member organisations in the creation of this report. Extensive desktop research was conducted, probing relevant programs and policies in NI while referencing prior research efforts.

**The Scope of the Report: Focusing on Northern Ireland**

It's important to note that this report exclusively pertains to Northern Ireland (NI). We aim to scrutinise and improve the conditions for d/Deaf and disabled people within our jurisdiction.

**Purpose of the Report: Tracking Progress**

This report serves as a comprehensive update on the implementation of Articles 19, 27, and 28 by the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, as well as the UK Government (UKG). It follows the publication of the Committee's findings and recommendations from its inquiry under Article 6 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People in November 2016.

**Social and Human Rights Model of Disability: Our Framework for Change**

Our report is built upon a robust framework. We've embraced the human rights model of disability, firmly rooted in the belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. This model centres the individual in all decisions and recognises the profound influence society wields in the realm of disability.

Simultaneously, we acknowledge the social model of disability, which asserts that disability stems from societal oppression and created disadvantages for people based on disability or impairment. We view disability as a socially produced injustice, one that can be challenged and rectified through transformative social change.

Both models pinpoint that disability's challenges are external, societal factors, not inherent to the individual. We believe that combining the human rights model with the social model is key to achieving equality, participation, inclusion, quality of life, and dignity for d/Deaf and disabled people.

In this report, we aim to employ these models as powerful tools to champion the rights and well-being of those we serve. The human rights model is especially pertinent for monitoring the state's efforts to implement the UNCRPD, while the social model is instrumental in identifying barriers and shaping effective solutions.

Stay tuned as we embark on this vital journey, advocating for the rights and dignity of d/Deaf and disabled people in Northern Ireland.

📚 **[Read the Shadow Report Here]**

Together, we'll forge a more inclusive and equitable society.

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