Project Description

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

The Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) brings together organisations from across the children’s sector and the disability sector to ensure that policy impacting on the lives of children and young people with disabilities is informed by their needs and circumstances. It is chaired by Children in Northern Ireland.

THE ISSUE

Children with disabilities and their families are being adversely and disproportionately impacted by policy and spending decisions. Decisions are often made without them having an opportunity to express their views on all matters of concern to them.

THE MISSION

Policy impacting on the lives of children and young people with disabilities is informed by their needs and circumstances.

Aims &
Objectives

  • Promote the rights and best interests of children and young people with a disability.

  • Raise awareness of the exclusion experienced by children and young people with disabilities in their daily lives.

  • Recommend actions that will help address the barriers they encounter.

STRATEGY

CDSA has produced several manifestos which can be found below. We have also set up a Parents of Children with Disabilities Advisory Forum. The Advisory Forum provides an opportunity for parents to communicate their views on health and social care services and policy matters relating to children with a disability and contribute to the development of key policy positions to raise awareness of the exclusion experienced by children and young people with disabilities in their daily life. Marian Curran is heading up the Forum for us.

FURTHER
READING

CDSA
Manifesto Asks
2016-2020

CDSA
Manifesto
(Update 2012)