Equality & Disability

NIGALA is committed to promoting equality and good relations. We recognise that we have to do more to promote positive attitudes and to encourage the participation of people with a disability in public life.

We want to make sure we do this in a way that makes a difference to people and put in place what is necessary to do so. This includes people, time and money.

NIGALA has to follow the law under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. It says that in our work we have to promote equality and good relations. We have to treat people fairly and take account of their differing needs and to make things better for staff and people who use our services. It also says that we have to build better relationships between different groups of people.

We will also put everything in place within organisation to make sure that we do what we have to under the law (Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998). There are nine different equality groups that the law requires us to take account of:

  • Gender (and gender identities);
  • Age;
  • Religion;
  • Political opinion;
  • Ethnicity;
  • Disability;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Marital status;
  • Those with and without dependants.

There are three good relations groups we need to consider:

  • Religion;
  • Political opinion;
  • Ethnicity.

We also have to follow the law under the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which says that we have to:

  • Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people and
  • Encourage participation by disabled people in public life.

This includes people with any type of disability, whether for example, physical disabilities; sensory disabilities; autism; learning disabilities; mental health conditions; or conditions that are long-term. Some of these disabilities may be hidden, others may be visible.

Both pieces of legislation require us to develop an action plan: an Equality Action Plan and a Disability Action Plan. We have to send these plans to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and then report every year on what we have done.

Please use the links below to access NIGALA’s action plans and associated documents:

NIGALA Equality & Disability Action Plan 2018-2023

NIGALA Equality & Disability Action Plan 2018-2023 Consultation Document

NIGALA Equality & Disability Action Plan 2018-2023 Easy Read

NIGALA Annual Progress Report to the Equality Commission 2019/20

For additional information about the Agency’s Equality Scheme, please contact:

Sinéad Casey
Telephone: 0300 555 0102
For Text Relay: 18001 0300 555 0102
Email: admin@nigala.hscni.net