Employment for People with Disabilities

Closed 27 Nov 2015

Opened 29 Sep 2015

Feedback expected 31 Mar 2016


The Department for Employment and Learning is fully committed to helping and supporting people to overcome barriers in their pursuit of their employment goals.  This strategy focuses on some of the greatest challenges faced by many individuals, groups and stakeholders in this area; helping people with disabilities to achieve and retain suitable employment in the labour market.

The Department also provides dedicated and enhanced support to enable people with disabilities to access educational and skills programmes and services. This includes a range of specialist in-work support options to ensure that people who have a disability can remain in employment.

This Consultation is on a Strategy for improving the job prospects and working careers of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

There are 21 questions and you are also offered the opportunity to to outline comments or proposals that you have for the Employment and Skills Strategy for People with Disabilities.  It will take approximately an hour to complete. You can save your responses as you go along and go back to completing your return later.

Your views are important to us and we will provide an analysis of the responses and comments at the beginning of 2016.


Why We Are Consulting

We want to get the opinions and views of people with disabilities and other interested parties from all over Northern Ireland about how we can best help disabled people find and keep suitable paid employment.

This strategy contains a number of proposals which will help us by working in partnership with others to address the difficulties and inequalities that people with significant disabilities are attempting to overcome.

We value your input because we would like to improve the job prospects and working careers of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Four public information sessions are planned to give people the opportunity to understand more about the Consultation. They will take place in

The Armagh City Hotel from 10 -11.30am on Friday 6th November; 

The Tullylagan Hotel, Cookstown from 10 -11.30am on Thursday 12th November;

The Public Records Office for NI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast from 10 -11.30am on Tuesday 17th November; and

The Millennium Forum, Derry from 10 - 11.30am on Wednesday 18th November.

Registration is required for these events. You can register on







  • Public Consultation - Information Event ARMAGH

    From 6 Nov 2015 at 10:00 to 6 Nov 2015 at 11:30

    Armagh City Hotel
    2 Friary Road
    BT60 4FR.
    You will need to register for this event:

  • Public Consultation - Information Event COOKSTOWN

    From 12 Nov 2015 at 10:00 to 12 Nov 2015 at 11:30

    Tullylagan Hotel
    40B Tullylagan Road
    BT80 8UP.
    You will need to register for this event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DESCookstown

  • Public Consultation - Information Event BELFAST

    From 17 Nov 2015 at 10:00 to 17 Nov 2015 at 11:30

    PRONI - Public Records Office of NI
    2 Titanic Boulevard
    Titanic Quarter
    Belfast BT3 9HQ.
    You will need to register for this event:

  • Public Consultation - Information Event DERRY

    From 18 Nov 2015 at 10:00 to 18 Nov 2015 at 11:30

    Millennium Forum
    Newmarket Street
    You will need to register for this event:


  • People with disabilities
  • Community and voluntary organisations
  • Disability organisations
  • Social workers
  • Employers
  • Government Departments
  • Parents
  • Carers
  • Students


  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Services and programmes