National Physical and Sensory Disability Database


There are two national disability databases in Ireland, the National Intellectual Disability Database and the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database. Both are managed by the Health Research Board.

The objective of the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database is to gather information on the specialised health and personal social service needs of people with a physical, sensory or speech and language disability. The database monitors current service provision and future service requirements over a five-year period. It is used for planning service developments, prioritising service needs and assisting in resource allocation decisions at national and regional level.


Information is collected from people with a physical or sensory disability who are receiving a specialised health or personal social service currently or who will require one within the next five years. Eligible individuals are those who:

  • Have a persistent physical or sensory disability arising from disease, disorder or trauma
  • In the case of dual disability, have a predominant disability that is physical, sensory or speech/language
  • Are less than 66 years of age
  • Are receiving or need a specialised health or personal social service that is related to their disability and
  • Have consented to being included on the database

Data protection

The Data Protection Act 1988 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 apply in the normal way to information on this database. This means, in summary, that you (or the parent/guardian of a child):

  • Have a right to get a copy of the information held about you on the database. You can do this by contacting the Database Co-ordinator in your Local Health Office.
  • Have a right to have any inaccurate information corrected or removed.
  • Have a right to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner if your rights are not respected.

Where to apply

If you have any questions about the database contact the Disability Office in your Local Health Office.

If you have a complaint or feel that inaccurate information about you is being held you should contact:

Data Protection Commissioner

Canal House
Station Road

Opening Hours:09:15-17:30
Tel:+353 57 868 4800
Locall:1890 252231
Fax:+353 57 868 4757

Page edited: 28 April 2015