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Ability West's mission is to empower people with disabilities to live self-directed lives in an equal and inclusive society. Each person supported and valued within an environment which promotes their overall autonomy, health and wellbeing and enables them to reach their potential. 

They provide services to children and adults with intellectual disability whose primary diagnosis is intellectual disability and may also include co-morbidity. 


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Acquired Brain Injury Ireland are the leading provider of community-based rehabilitation services for people living with an acquired brain injury in Ireland.


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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.


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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.


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The AT Network are a user led organisation founded in October 2010 to pilot a system of Direct Payments. Their 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. They believe that every Leader in Ireland should have choice in the way that our service is provided so that they can have a service that is as personal to us as possible. The model that they are currently using is one that guarantees maximum accountability and security to funders of their service – a company model.


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The Alcohol Forum is an independent national charity that provides a range of supports and services to individuals, families and communities impacted by alcohol and other drug harm, while also working at the wider levelts to change Ireland's problematic relationship with alcohol.

 


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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.


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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.


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Arthritis Ireland seeks to ensure that every person living with arthritis in Ireland is supported to live a full and active life, having access to appropriate health services and treatments. They work to ensure an enhanced quality of life for people living with arthritis, minimising the devastating effects that arthritis can have on lives.


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Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability.

They promote engagement with the arts at all levels – as professional artists, audience members and arts workers – for people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds.

They work towards arts programmes and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for all audiences.

They advocate for inclusive policy and practice which provides real access to all aspects of the arts for people with disabilities, and for everyone.


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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.


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AOTI is the professional body for the Occupational Therapy profession in Ireland, serving, promoting and representing Irish occupational therapists. We are the voice for the Occupational Therapy profession. AOTI provides national leadership to its members and works on behalf of its members with the best interest of the profession and service users in mind. AOTI is run mainly by members who volunteer their time and are assisted by 4 part-time staff.


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Promoting disability awareness.


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In a variety of locations throughout the UK and Ireland, ASDI offer a wide range of support for autistic people. From supported living to schools, from a short break service to one stop shops, from work placements to training, clubs and activities, Autism Initiatives has a wealth of resources and expertise that support autistic people to achieve their personal goals. 


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Bloomfield Mental Health Services is a charity providing treatment, care, and support to adults with severe and enduring mental health needs, including specialist services for Huntington’s disease.


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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.


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Care Alliance Ireland is the National Network of Voluntary Organisations supporting Family Carers. Their vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland.

They exist to enhance the quality of life for approximately 274,000 Family Carers in the Republic of Ireland. They achieve this by supporting their 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.


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The Carmichael Centre aims to nurture and support the development of small and medium voluntary and community organisations.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Centre for Independent Cork aims to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community and to further their aims and objectives of independent living.


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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 their 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.


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Galway Centre for Independent Living will provide relevant and meaningful, person-centered services that support the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities, people with differing abilities, the older persons and all who uses their services in all aspects of society.


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CIL Kilkenny aims to empower people with disabilities to live independently in their own house and to participate in community life.


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Longford Centre for Independent Living aims to empower people with disabilties to live independently in their own house and to partcipate in community life.


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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.


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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. CIL Offaly also aims to provide a Personal Assistant Service to people with significant physical and sensory disabilities.


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CIL Sligo aims to promote independent living and to include people with disabilities into daily community life and enable their independence.


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Tipperary Centre for Independent Living (TCIL) is a Registered Charity and non-profit organisation that operates from offices in Thurles and Clonmel. The company provides a Personal Assistant service for HSE Disability Services to support people with disabilities to live independently. It also provides a transport service.


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Waterford Centre for Independent Living (CIL) is a grassroots organisation whose main aim is to empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve independent living, choice and control over their own lives, and full participation as equal citizens in society.


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CIL West Limerick aims to include people with disabilities into daily community life and enable their independence.


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CIL Wexford's mission is to provide a quality, client-led personal assistant service that promotes independent living for Persons with Disabilities and their participation in the social and economic life of the community.


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Cheeverstown House's mission is to enable people with intellectual disabilities to have full and meaningful lives through person centered services in partnership with their circle of support.


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Cheshire Ireland provide a vast range of services to people with both physical, sensory and neurological conditions, who often have very complex and high support needs.

To best accommodate their service users as well as their carers, their support services are offered in private homes, residential centres, community clusters and stand-alone respite facilities. With over 250 people across Ireland using their services, Cheshire Ireland is the largest supported accommodation provider in the country.


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Children in Hospital Ireland, a national organisation, aims to ensure all sick children, either in hospital or in the community, are cared for appropriately. They work collaboratively with parents, professionals and other organisations.


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Childvision offer 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.


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Chime's mission is to limit the impact of deafness and hearing loss through promoting accessibility, creating supportive communities, and enabling personal choice and community participation.


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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.


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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.


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County Roscommon Disability Support Group CLG is committed to improving the quality of life and the standards of services to all people with disabilities, older people and children. Support is also available for families and carers.


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Inspired by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, Crosscare has a vision of a society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and a mission to help those most in need.


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The aim of the Association is to assist the development of the means to cure and control Cystic Fibrosis (CF), to promote the interests and welfare of persons with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland and to assume advocacy for them and their needs resultant from their having Cystic Fibrosis (CF).


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DEBRA Ireland is a national Irish charity, established to provide support services to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB)


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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.


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DDAI promotes independence and equal opportunity through mobility for people with physical disabilities. They operate a National Driving Assessment Centre and Driving School, issue the EU Parking Card to qualifying persons, provide information, advice and support to its members and information to the general public.


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Donegal Mental Health Advocacy Services provide advocacy to service users in the county of Donegal in Acute unit, Day Centres, staffed residential units and the clients own home.

They provide advocacy to carers to enable them to get the best possible support for their loved ones and also help them to best equip themselves in how to manage their relatives mental health and thereby enabling them to try and get an insight into the illness.


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Down Syndrome Ireland provide support and services to people with Down syndrome and their families though a national office and 25 branches nationwide.  They provide an ‘all-through-life’ support to people with Down syndrome and their families across Ireland with specialists in the areas of health, speech and language, early development, education and adult education and independence that enhance the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome across the country.


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The Dyslexia Association of Ireland's vision is a dyslexia friendly society. Where everyone with dyslexia is enabled to fulfil their potential. Every child and adult has access to appropriate identification and support to achieve their full potential in education, training, employment and all aspects of life.

DAI works with and for people affected by dyslexia. They provide information, support services, engage in advocacy and raise awareness of dyslexia.


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Dyspraxia DCD Ireland 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.


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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.


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Epilepsy Ireland aims to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy, their families and carers through the provision of information, advice and counselling.


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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.


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Family Carers Ireland is the national charity supporting the 500,000+ family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental ill-health or addiction.


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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.


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The aim of FICTA 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 their training courses awarded under the Framework of Qualifications.


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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 impairment and blindness.

 


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Fionnathan's mission statement: "Fionnathan exists to have fun and change the world, to trouble your understanding of ability, to reveal superstars in our midst, and to prove that, in fact, we are the people we've been waiting for."


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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.


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Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) is a community based charity that supports individuals 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 activities, 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.


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Galway Dyspraxia Support Group are a local support group that was set up by parents of children with Dyspraxia/DCD to support families of children, teens, and young adults with a primary diagnosis of Dyspraxia/DCD, and those in the process of diagnosis.  


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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.


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HAIL provides Social housing for people with a range of housing needs including people with mental health problems and disabilities in greater Dublin and surrounding counties.


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Headway provides training and support services, promotes awareness and understanding, advocacy and lobbying for individuals with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.


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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.


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Homefelt aims to deliver acute, hospital level nursing care by fully registered nurses in the person's own home. They cater for all ages and for all illnesses. They recognise the value of every person and are guided by their commitment of excellence and leadership. They demonstrate this by examplary physical, emotional and spiritual care for each of their clients and their families.


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If you are living with Huntington’s disease, at risk, or caring for a loved one who is living with the disease the Huntington's Disease Association of Ireland is here to help. They can support you to access the health and social services you need, provide information to you and your health professionals, and champion your rights. They will also work with others to improve services and supports for people living with Huntington's disease and their families. 

 


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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.

 


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Inspire Wellbeing are an all-island charity and social enterprise and their aim is wellbeing for all. They work together with people living with mental ill health, intellectual disability, autism and addictions to ensure they live with dignity and realise their full potential.  They campaign to create a society free from stigma and discrimination, creating a culture of compassion that focuses on people and their abilities.


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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  deaf people, it seeks to further its aims through deaf empowerment and advocacy.


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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.


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The Irish Haemophilia 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. 


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The prime role of the Irish Kidney Association is to support patients and their families effected by end stage kidney disease and are either being treated by dialysis or have a working kidney transplant.

By providing information on kidney diseases, associated medical scenarios and social benefits and entitlements, the IKA helps patients and families live as normal a life as possible, given the presence of the kidney related illness.


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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.

 


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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.


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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:

  • Advocacy
  • Assisted Living Services
  • Resource and Outreach Centres
  • Independent Living Apartments
  • InterAction - a Community Development Project
  • Motoring Advice, Assessment and Tuition
  • Transport
  • Employment, Training and Education
  • Sport
  • Respite Holidays
  • Peer Counselling
  • Information and Publications
  • Youth Services


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KARE provides a comprehensive range of quality services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in County Kildare, East Offaly and West Wicklow.


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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.


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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.


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Livability (formally 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.


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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.


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Initially named The Irish Mental Health Coalition, Mental Health Reform was founded in 2006. It began with five organisations; Shine, Bodywhys, Grow Mental Health, Irish Advocacy Network and Amnesty International. The coalition had three service providers, an advocacy organisation and a human rights organisation. Those pillars (service providers, advocacy and human rights) were present from the very beginning, and they were what was needed to move the coalition forward.

Their mission is to be the unifying voice that drives progressive reform of mental health services and supports in Ireland.


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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.


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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”


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The MS Society provides professional services to people with multiple sclerosis, their families, friends and carers.


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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.


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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.


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An Arch Club is a social club for people of all ages with an intellectual disability. It is a safe space for them to develop their social and interpersonal skills, learn real world skills, make friends and just have fun!

The Arch club was founded in 1976 by a small group of parents in Dublin, looking for a social outlet for their children. Since then they have grown to a number of clubs throughout Ireland!


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At NF Ireland, they aim to be a voice for NF patients and their families. During their work we they continually inspired by those around them who fight Neurofibromatosis on a daily basis. Their primary aim is to inform sufferers and their families of the disorder, supporting them and letting them know they are not alone with the condition.


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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.


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NTDSS engages in the empowerment of persons with physical and sensory disabilities through promoting the development of an appropriate range of personal assistance services aimed at removing attitudinal and material restrictions that unnecessarily limit the lives of such persons.


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The MS North West Therapy Centre exists to enrich the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions by providing essential services and support to clients and their families.


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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.


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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.


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PALS is a support group for parents of autistic children in Loughrea and surrounding areas. They initially met for coffee and a chat , sharing information and helping one another.  They have begun other projects such as:

  • Creating a sensory garden,
  • Advocating for toilets for the disabled in Loughrea Town,
    liasing with Youth Work Ireland to create activities for autistic children,
  • Looking for ways to create a service suitable for their 18+ year olds to transition after secondary school


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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.

 


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Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives by:

  • Enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies.
  • Building relationships to increase understanding and unity among people of different cultures and countries.
  • Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.


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Polio Survivors Ireland's mission is to create awareness and provide information regarding the late effects of polio among polio survivors, statutory agencies and the wider medical profession, and to ensure that the needs of polio survivors relating to their condition are met to enable them to live with dignity.


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Positive Futures' aim is to transform the lives of people with an intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum conditon. They do this by enabling people to realise their hopes, dreams and ambitions. They change attitudes by proving that a person doesn't have to be defined by their disability and can play a valuable role in the community.


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PWSAI's mission is to raise awareness and understanding of Prader Willi Syndrome and to improve the choice and quality of care, education and support for people with PWS and their families and carers.


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Rare Diseases Ireland (formerly GRDO – the Genetic and Rare Disorders Organisation) is a non-governmental organisation with the mission to act as a national alliance for voluntary groups representing the views and concerns of people affected by or at risk of developing genetic or other rare diseases.


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Reach Deaf Services Mission is to be a leading organisation, combining their experience, skills and expertise, in the provision of quality services through ISL to enable their service users in the Deaf Community to reach their full potential.


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Reach is an organisation which provides support children with upper limb deficiencies.


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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.


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Respond is Ireland’s leading housing association. We seek to create a positive future for people by alleviating poverty and creating vibrant, socially integrated communities. We do this by providing access to education, childcare, community development programmes, housing and other supports.

Respond was established in 1982 and has built more than 5,500 homes nationwide. Respond has provided homes for traditional families, lone-parent families, older persons, the homeless and people with disabilities.


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Sharing the Journey are an independent organisation established by parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children. Their goal is to provide information and support to other parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children, regardless of the communication, education and technological decisions they have made or will make for their children.


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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. Sophia exists to provide homes and ongoing support for families and individuals with complex needs.


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Special Olympics Ireland are a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability from the age of 4 years old with no upper age limit. Currently almost 8,000 athletes from across the island of Ireland participate in 15 different sports through Special Olympics. 


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Our mission is to encourage and support an enhanced quality of life for members, parents, families and carers, striving for a brighter future. The biggest strength of the association continues to be its members and volunteers.


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Spinal Injuries Ireland's mission is to engage with people with a spinal cord injury, along with their family members. Together, we address barriers to full participation in society and empower our service users to work towards achieving personal, social and vocational goals.


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St Catherine’s Association in Newcastle, Greystones has served the people of Co. Wicklow for more than 50 years . Hundreds of families have benefited from the dedication and professionalism of the staff in caring for and educating children with special needs from all over the county.


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St. Gabriel’s provides services to children with disabilities and their families through two Children’s Disability Network Teams (Treehouse and South City), Hydrotherapy, Orthotics and a purpose-built state of the art Children’s Respite House in Mungret.

Both hydrotherapy and orthotics are community based services available to the public. They are essential services that support people’s health and well-being and have a positive impact on people’s overall quality of life.

A newly developed regional children’s respite service providing overnight and short-term respite breaks for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs was recently opened in a specially designed purpose built 6-bedroom facility at Mungret.

St. Gabriel’s Special School is situated on the Dooradoyle campus and provides education for children age 4-18 years.


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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.


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St. Michael’s House provides a comprehensive range of services and supports to men, women, and children with intellectual disabilities and their families in 170 locations in the greater Dublin Area. It supports 1,953 people and this has an impact on thousands of family members. St. Michael’s House is a company funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE), TUSLA and the Department of Education and Skills.


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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.


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Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. They work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering abroad and in Ireland.


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WALK are leaders in a movement for change, empowering people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society. 

At WALK they believe that people with disabilities have the right to live as contributing members in the everyday life of their community. Their role is to support the development and maintenance of relationships which lead to the attainment and sustainability of socially valuable roles and natural support networks.


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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.


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