Farry launches consultation on Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

Alliance Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has launched a public consultation on a strategy for improving the job prospects and working careers of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

The strategy aims to build on existing disability services, delivered through mainstream, community and voluntary sector programmes, and also contains a number of proposals to introduce new services to individuals and engage employers.

Speaking in the Assembly today (Tuesday), Minister Farry said: “Helping and supporting people with disabilities to achieve their full potential in life is a duty and responsibility for all Government Departments. This strategy aims to build upon and improve what the Department and others currently deliver for people with disabilities who want to work, and are capable of doing so.

“It is making a clear statement of intent in sending a message to society that people with disabilities share the same ambitions and aspirations as everyone else, and provided they are given the right support, advice and assistance, they are capable of realising their full economic and career potential.

“I invite views, opinions and ideas on the consultation document, so the Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities will make a real difference to the lives and working careers of people with a full range of disabilities.”

The public consultation will run from October 1 until November 27. The consultation is available at


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