DFI Member Organisation
The Association's vision adopted in 2005 states: The Galway Association is dedicated to enabling people with an intellectual disability realise their dreams and ambitions.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (formerly The Peter Bradley Foundation) provides supported living accommodation for people with acquired brain injury, and aims to be a model for the integration of these people into the community. The organisation is working to set up, model, and evaluate a service model for the management of residential homes, and provides a framework to develop an attitude of co-operative and independent living.
ACTS aims to provide door to door accessible transport to people with disabilities and people with mobility difficulties across south and west of the city.
AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) is an all-Ireland organisation whose central mission is access to, and full participation of, people with disabilities in higher education in Ireland.
We are a user led organisation founded in October 2010 to pilot a system of Direct Payments. Our aim is to pilot this system of Direct Payments to test out the practicalities of all that has been learnt from both Irish and international research. We believe that every Leader in Ireland should have choice in the way that our service is provided so that we can have a service that is as personal to us as possible. The model that we are currently using is one that guarantees maximum accountability and security to funders of our service – a company model.
The Society provides services and information to support people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias and their carers. It operates a national network of services including day care and home support-care services while support groups operate around the country for carers. The Society also offers practical information and emotional support through its National Helpline and the provision of literature.
The Anne Sullivan Centre is primarily a Residential and Education Centre for low-functioning young adults who are both deaf and blind. The Centre also serves as an information and advisory Centre for professionals, parents and other interest agencies.
Arklow Disability Action Group aims to improve disability awareness within the community. To get people with disabilities involved by giving them a voice.
The Foundation provides a comprehensive education service which includes; a wide range of information leaflets on different kinds of arthritis, information lectures by health professionals, annual Information Days in Dublin and Cork, quarterly newsletter 'Arthritis News', children's programme, Mail Order Catalogue full of helpful aids and appliances that can make day to day tasks that bit easier. The Foundation is continuing to fund research into Arthritis in Ireland.
The mission of Aspire is to provide support and information to people with Asperger Syndrome and their families in Ireland.
The Association undertakes and supports research into the condition and works to raise awareness of Asperger Syndrome among parents, professionals, and the general public.
The Society provides information and support for families. It acts as a pressure group on behalf of families and supports research into Friedreichs Ataxia and other genetic ataxias.
AWARE provides support for depression sufferers and their relatives through support group and phone line counselling services. It also seeks to educate the public about depression through a "Beat the Blues Campaign" and Youth Forum public lecture series.
The Foundation is a voluntary, not for profit organisation run predominately by parents of children with special needs and professionals who not only work, but have a personal interest in the field. The Foundation supports a registered family base of 132 families. The aim of the Foundation is to enhance the lives of people with special needs.
Brí is dedicated to advocating for all those affected by acquired brain injury and to providing support through strength and understanding.
Care Alliance Ireland is the National Network of Voluntary Organisations supporting Family Carers. Our vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland.
We exist to enhance the quality of life for approximately 274,000 Family Carers in the Republic of Ireland. We achieve this by supporting our 85 member organisations in their direct work with Family Carers through the provision of information, developing research and policy in the field, sharing resources, and instigating opportunities for collaboration.
CASA builds friendships and supports between able-bodied people and people with disabilities through various projects and activities including local social events, holiday centres, respite care and Lourdes pilgrimages.
The aim of the Catholic Institute for Deaf People is to work with, enable and serve the Deaf Community by working in partnership with other Deaf organisation and public bodies to provide services for Deaf People. The mission of CIDP is to promote core Christian values by working with, enabling and serving the Deaf people of Ireland by recognising the distinctive needs of Deaf people, promoting and representing the interests of Deaf people, supporting the education, development and day-to-day living of Deaf people, providing Deaf people with pastoral and religious care, supporting Deaf people to achieve their full potential.
The CRC is a non-residential national centre for the care, treatment and development of children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities. Services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, nursing, dietetics etc.
The Centre for Independent Living Blanchardstown aims to provide information, advice and support to people with disabilities in the Dublin 15 area. The Centre's objective is to provide a suitable Personal Assistant (PA) Service and to lobby for a change in policy.
The Carlow Centre for Independent Living aims to promote the empowerment of people with disabilities by providing practical assistance to enable the person to exercise control over their own lives.
The main Aims and Objectives of Donegal Centre for Independent Living is to promote Empowerment, Independence and Rights to People with Physical and Sensory Disabilities through the Provision of Services, such as Personal Assistant Service. DCIL is an organisation controlled by People with Disabilities, which meets our objectives towards Independent Living. DCIL consistently aims to promote and encourage the Philosophy of Independent Living in Practical terms and so provide an extensive Service throughout the County.
CIL Galway raises awareness that people with disabilities have civil rights to run their own lives, be active participants in society, permanent / ongoing personal assistant scheme, self development, acquisition of funds / resources to further objectives.
The Centre for Independent Living Greater Dublin aims and objectives are to support persons with disabilities (mainly physical / sensory) in the Dublin 7 area and the provision of services through CE Schemes.
Longford Centre for Independent Living Ltd operates a person centred service to its service user and is aware of the need to continually maintain and where possible improve standards. They also support value for money policy and are aware of the public procurement guidelines.
The Mayo Centre for Independent Living works to seek full and equal rights of people with disabilities, their inclusion in all aspects of society, and to encourage and ensure the provision of appropriate services and supports to enable this to happen.
CIL Offaly aims to highlight their continuing quest for a more equal and fairer society with the same opportunities for all and where the worth of people with disabilities is recognised. CILOffaly also aims to provide a Personal Assistant Service to people with significant physical and sensory disabilities.
Cheeverstown House Provides residential day and support services to over 400 persons with an intellectual disability and to their families in Cheeverstown Centre and in the local community. Cheeverstown's mission is to enable people with an intellectual disability to have full and meaningful lives through quality person-centred services in partnership with families.
Children in Hospital Ireland, a National Organisation aims to ensure all sick children, either in hospital or in the community are cared for appropriately. Works collaboratively with parents, professionals and other organisations.
- Provision of play and recreation by trained Hospital Play Volunteers;
- Consultation and networking;
- Information and advice service;
- Education programmes and Annual Public Lecture;
- Publications including Charter for Children in Hospital.
Childvision offers a comprehensive service to Ireland’s young visually impaired population. Services available at Childvision include a primary school, an integrated secondary school, a vocational training unit, a weekly optomology clinic run in conjunction with Temple Street Hospital, a twice monthly low vision clinic, a residential service based in houses in the community, an assessment service, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, orientation and mobility training, self care and technical skills training, the National Braille Production Centre and a family support centre.
Chime promotes the right of deaf people to enjoy an equality of opportunity in all aspects of life and to develop full independence and citizenship. The Association promotes the rights of parents of deaf children to enjoy access to the full range of appropriate supports. DeafHear.ie promotes the following services:
- Family Resource Centre
- deaf awareness training
- Job Club
- Citizens Information Centre
- classes in sign language
- English and literacy
CoAction West Cork provides quality services to support children and adults with an intellectual disability, and children with autism. This is achieved by helping each service user reach their full potential, working in partnership with their families and carers within the community.
COPE Foundation provides a most comprehensive service to 1,600 persons with an intellectual disability from Cork City and County. Services include Assessment Clinic, Domiciliary Nurse, Pre-School, Special Schools, Vocational Training, Sheltered Employment, Occupational Activity Centres, Special Residential Care and Retirement Home facilities. It also provides accommodation at 40 community based residences throughout the city and county.
The Cork Deaf Association is committed to the empowerment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Cork city and county through the provision of information, advocacy and support services. We aim to achieve a more inclusive society, where Deaf and Hard of Hearing people enjoy equality of opportunity, independence and full citizenship.
Roscommon Support Group of People with Disabilities is a voluntary organisation, established by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. It aims to provide people with disabilities, families, carers and friends with the ability to express their needs and views. They provide a range of services for people with disabilities at their fully accessible.
Information Service, Castle Street, Roscommon
Telephone: 090 6625172.
Fax: 090 6625879
The aim of the Cedar Programme is to raise awareness and change attitudes of people to those with disabilities within Parish Communities and throughout the Diocese.
The aim of the organisation is to fund medical research into EB, to provide specialist care and welfare to patients and their families and to educate the general public and health care professionals about EB.
The Diabetes Federation aims to provide a quality service in improving the lives of people affected by Diabetes and working with others to prevent complications and raise awareness of the condition.
Cork Office: ShopMobility Unit Mahon Point Shoping Centre Cork Tel 021 4313033
Shopmobility Dublin, DDA, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Quarryvale, Dublin 22.
Telephone: 01 6208731
The Association promotes independence and equal opportunity through mobility for people with physical disabilities. Operates a National Driving Assessment Centre and Driving School, issues the EU Parking Card to qualifying persons, provides information, advice and support to its members and information to the general public.
The aim of Doorway to Life is to provide services to adults with physical disabilities to enable them to live the life of their choice to its fullest potential.
DSI is a national organisation representing 2500 member families. As well as providing support for parents and families, it aims to improve medical, social and educational services to people with DS.
Dyslexia Association of Ireland promotes public awareness of specific learning disability and promotes the welfare of people with this difficulty.
The Dyspraxia Association was formed in 1995 with the aim of raising awareness of dyspraxia in Ireland and to create a better understanding of the difficulties children and parents face. The organisation works to ensure adequate resources are available to support the needs of children with dyspraxia. This includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and education. Information sharing and a support network for parents are also provided.
Enable Ireland is a leading national provider of services for people with disabilities and their families. They provide services for children with disabilities and / or developmental delay who require a team-based approach, and young adults with disabilities requiring training, employment, personal assistance and advocacy. Services include a range of educational, therapeutic, training, employment and family support services.
Extra Care is the largest, not for profit domiciliary care provider in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Extra Care provides a range of domiciliary care services and carer support services to promote independent living. The Organisation works mainly with older people and dependent adults with chronic conditions, physical disabilities or rehabilitation needs who require short or long term care in their own homes.
Fibromyalgia Support Group (Midlands) aims to help and support others with Fibromyalgia, to share information with regard to the syndrome and to organise public meetings and seminars targeting health professionals and the public in general, and to set up workshops for families.
- Centre for Independent Living, Clonminch Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
- 1800 201068
The aim of the Association is to promote inclusion of Complementary Therapies in all areas of Healthcare and to represent the interest of the members to Government. FICTA is committed to ensuring the best possible training and education opportunities for its members and having our training courses awarded under the Framework of Qualifications.
Fighting Blindness is an Irish patient-led charity funding and enabling world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness. It provides a professional counselling service to support people and families affected by sight loss. Through education and advocacy Fighting Blindness works to empower the 246,000 adults and children in Ireland living with severe vision impairement and blindness.
Fighting Blindness was set up as a support group in 1983 by families affected by sight loss and has now evolved to become a charity funding world-leading research into treatments and cures. Fighting Blindness is involved with rare, genetic, age-related and degenerative conditions and has invested over €16.8 million in more than 90 research projects. For more information please visit www.fightingblindness.ie
Féach works to improve the education, training and communication of blind and visually impaired children. The organisation provides support for parents, and is involved in lobbying for the needs of blind and visually impaired children.
Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) is a community based charity that supports indviduals and families living with autism in Galway city and county. The GAP mission is to improve quality of life experience for individuals and families living with autism by providing and facilitating quality peer support, information, social activties, training and education. GAP is overseen by a voluntary Board of Trustees and the majority of activities are made possible through the assistance of volunteers.
The Inherited Disorders Organisation supports organisations involved with genetic disorders and ensures that adequate genetic services are available in the State.
Grow works to promote mental health and well being for all to prevent mental ill-health for people who are at risk and to support people with mental health problems during their recovery.
Headway provides training and support services, promotes awareness and understanding, advocacy and lobbying for individuals with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.
Heart Children Ireland aims to support families of children with a congenital heart disorder. To raise awareness of congenital heart disorder in the general public and to endeavour to get the best treatment and facilities for children with congenital heart disorder.
Homefelt aims to deliver acute, hospital level nursing care by fully registered nurses in the person's own home. We cater for all ages and for all illnesses. We recognise the value of every person and are guided by our commitment of excellence and leadership. We demonstrate this by "examplary physical, emotional and spiritual care for each of our clients and their families".
The Association provides information and individualised support to those diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, their families and their health care team. Information is updated through links with International and European Associations.
Freefone: 1800 393939
Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education (i.C.A.R.E) aims to provide a framework within which families, carers , professionals and tutors have access to training, support and any other help or service necessary in order to help children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders realise their full potential. i.C.A.R.E. provides day respite for children and young people with autism at their Day respite and Activity Centre while also providing a programme of activities and days out during school holiday periods for those with ASD and their siblings.
Charity No: CHY 14724
The Irish Deaf Society is a democratically run voluntary organisation that promotes the welfare and interests of deaf people with the aim of improving all aspects of their lives. Managed exclusively by the deaf themselves, it seeks to further its aims through deaf empowerment and advocacy.
Dublin office: c/o Childvision Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 7978740
The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind provides independent mobility to blind and visually impaired people through guide dogs, long cane training and independent living skills training. They also provide Assistance Dogs for familiies of children with autism.
The Society provides support and advice for members and aims to improve the quality of life for people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. It carries out its work through education, publications, advocacy, lobbying, counselling, critical illness service & financial assistance.
Lo Call: 185 87 28 72
IKA provides support for those with end stage renal disease and kidney transplants. Prints and distributes Organ Donor Cards. Irish Representative of the World Transplant Games. Holidays for dialysis patients at a 5 apartment Holiday Centre in Tramore. Counselling and financial assistance with 23 branches countrywide. The IKA Renal Support Centre on the grounds of Beaumont Hospital, provides accommodation and support to family members of inpatients while they are in hospital. Publications including a Newsletter, Donor Card Fact Files. Living with Renal Failure, Kidney Kids, Work of the IKA.
The IMNDA provides specialised equipment on loan for people who have MND, co-ordination of home care services and facilities, visiting, counselling and information services. The Association also provides some financial assistance for home nursing.
Freephone: 1800 403403
A voluntary organisation of parents, professionals and friends working to promote the welfare of children and adults with Autism. The Society provides an information service and offers support and guidance to people with Autism and their families. The Society also provides residential and vocational services for people with Autism.
IWA is the national organisation of people with limited mobility with over 20,000 members and service users. The role of the IWA is:
- to advocate for change, locally and nationally, by representing the issues and concerns of adults and children with limited mobility;
- to research, develop and pilot new concepts of service delivery and to deliver services in partnership with state agencies.
IWA has a broad range of services for people with physical disabilities, which include:
- Assisted Living Services
- Resource and Outreach Centres
- Independent Living Apartments
- InterAction - a Community Development Project
- Motoring Advice, Assessment and Tuition
- Employment, Training and Education
- Respite Holidays
- Peer Counselling
- Information and Publications
- Youth Services
KARE provides a comprehensive range of quality services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in County Kildare, East Offaly and West Wicklow.
Lakers Social & Recreational Club is a community-based sports, social and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting and educational services to members across Leinster from its centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Lakers passionately believe that each member is unique, has their own abilities and is entitled to the opportunity for a better future. Their members develop their skills and abilities through a range of activities such as sport, drama, arts & crafts, cookery and much more. The teamwork and inter-action with other people in these activities promotes the development of social skills, growth in self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Association aims to empower and enable people with disabilities to take control of their own lives by providing training, a personal assistant service and creating awareness of needs in the public arena.
Livability (John Grooms) believe everyone should have the freedom to live their lives and have the chance to use their abilities. They offer a wide range of innovative services to support and empower disabled people throughout their lives. They also provide community organisations with the resources, advice and confidence to impact their neighbourhoods.
The Lucan Disability Action Group was formed to promote and develop the concept of independent living for persons with physical and sensory disabilities and in particular to engage in action research programmes aimed at developing services that achieve inclusion in society.
The Mid West Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association aims to provide information and advice to members, their parents and carers and to expand and upgrade services for members. To promote choice, control and quality of life for people with Spina Bifida and or Hydrocephalus.
The Migraine Association provides information, support and reassurance to people suffering from migraine in Ireland. It also aims to raise awareness of migraine both among the general public and among health professionals. The organisation also works to seek better support services for people with migraine and supports research into the condition.
Move4Parkinson’s is a non profit organisation run by People with Parkinson’s for People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s). They are passionate about helping PWP’s achieve a better quality of life through education and empowerment. Their mission is:
“To draw on the experience and expertise of People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) to educate, empower and inspire other PWP’s to fulfil their potential and improve their quality of life”
MDI provides support to persons affected by muscular dystrophy and their families through the provision of a range of services e.g. family support service, counselling, freephone, respite care, youth activities, holidays, independent living and training opportunities. It also funds medical research.
The NCBI seeks to optimise the intellectual, social and economic independence of visually impaired people and to minimise the effects of visual impairment. Services include mobility and daily living skills training, peer counselling and family therapy, advice, information and support from a nationwide network of community resource workers, centre based rehabilitation, low vision clinic, talking book and Braille libraries, bi-monthly magazine, information and equipment resource centre, teaching aids, employment support service and technology assessment and support unit.
The Association aims to provide information on Nf for patients, doctors and others, promoting awareness and understanding of the problems encountered in the disorder; to bring sufferers of Nf together in order to overcome their feeling of isolation; to link sufferers and the medical profession to their mutual benefit; to act as a mutual support group for parents and sufferers, sharing problems and ideas; to raise funds to realise these objectives and to liaise with international research units and further Nf research at all levels.
The Neurological Alliance of Ireland aims to promote the development of services for people with neurological conditions, their families and carers. To raise awareness of the needs of people with neurological conditions.
The North West Parents and Friends Association are a voluntary locally based community association, which is dedicated to the support of facilities and communities, working towards the fulfilment, needs and rights of people with intellectual disabilities and special needs, to achieve for each individual the greatest possible level of health and social gain, bearing in mind at all times, the personal dignity of each individual.
OANDA, the Out and About Association was founded in 1974 to help people who suffered from agoraphobia. All OANDA groups are locally based in the community and offer self-help support for sufferers and their families.
Parkinson's Association of Ireland assists patients, their carers and families, providing advice and information. The Organisation also fund and assist research into the effects, causes and possible cure of Parkinson's disease.
Freephone: 1800 359359
The Post Polio Support Group creates awareness and provides information regarding The Late Effects of Polio among both Polio survivors and the wider medical profession, and works to ensure that no polio survivors have needs relation to their condition, which are not being met.
The Rehab Group is an independent, not for profit, non governmental organisation, operating across national boundaries, which is dedicated to promoting social integration, economic independence and equal opportunities especially for people with disabilities.
S.T.E.E.R. (Support Training Education Employment Research) was established to develop a range of mental health services based upon the Recovery model approach to mental health and to promote a human rights agenda in mental health services. They seek to alleviate poverty and social exclusion of their client groups and to advance service users involvement within the mental health environment.
Sophia Housing is a weaving of holistic support for marginalised people to enable them to become aware of their own inner potential, so that they may participate fully in society.
The Association's primary and long term aim is to complement, support and provide for the various stages of development in the lives of its members with disabilities, their families and friends.
The Association was founded in 1993 to promote the welfare and provide support services for all people with spinal cord injuries and their families.
The Association promotes the welfare of young people of all ages with special needs throughout Co. Wicklow. It provides a comprehensive service to all children (new born - 18 years) and support for their families.
Established in 1964 by the community, St. Hilda’s Services is a voluntary organisation that provides a comprehensive quality service to people with mild, moderate and severe intellectual disabilities. St. Hilda’s Services is committed to providing a service that puts the choices of the people they work with first, with all staff working in partnership with families and people they work with to promote everything that they do.
St Mary’s Centre aims to provide care and accommodation to blind elderly ladies and provide support and assistance as required. To promote all residents to be as independent and active as possible and integrate in their local community. To maintain close contact with families and relatives as so desired by residents.
St. Michael's House aims to deliver a quality service that is influenced and shaped by the people it serves. To empower people with a learning disability and their families to make choices on the type of education, work, recreation and living arrangements they require. Provide a continuum of innovative services that support people to integrate with the community. Ensure that service delivery is effective, cost efficient and accountable to service users, the organisation's staff and the funding authorities. Ensure that service delivery is effective, cost efficient and accountable to service users, the organisation's staff and the funding authorities. Advocate and negotiate with government agencies, voluntary bodies and others for the improvement and development of services.
The Carers Association aims to provide family carers with on hand and practical supports; to promote the interest of family carers and those receiving care in the home through effective partnership, lobbying and advocacy and to gain recognition and social justice for carers invaluable contribution to Irish society.
Vantastic aim to provide transport services in the greater Dublin area to people with mobility impairments that are fully accessible, affordable, accountable and demand responsive.
The Walkinstown Association was formed to provide quality-based community services that promote independence and facilitate integration for people with intellectual disabilities.
Western Care is a voluntary organisation made up of parents, family members, staff, supporters and volunteers. The association exists to serve people with a learning disability and their families in Mayo.