Member Engagement

DFI: A Federation of Our Members 

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is a national Federation of 120 member organisations working collaboratively to achieve a fully inclusive and equitable society under the UN CRPD. Our membership is both diverse and expanding, spanning all six HSE Health Regions.  

“DFI unites so many voices. It is so powerful to have service providers and disabled people working together”. - Associate Member, CHO 1 

Member Spotlight 

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In this monthly feature we put the spotlight on one of our member organisations and the vital work that they do in the sector. You can check out some of our archives stories here. 

Member Newsfeed


We also share a Member Newsfeed on the website so as to keep you up to the date with the ongoing work, projects and campaigns that our members are engaged in. You can check that out here

Who Can Apply for Membership? 

Membership of DFI is open to any organisation, body, or group who can evidence a commitment to improving the status of people with disabilities in Ireland, under the UN CRPD. We do not currently accept individual applications for membership. 

“We have to battle for everything as service providers. We are continually stretched in everything we do. Having DFI to represent us takes the pressure off”.  - National Affiliate Member 

Types of Membership 

We operate two types of Membership: Affiliate and Associate. 

Affiliate Membership 

Affiliate Members of DFI are registered charities providing services and supports primarily towards the inclusion of all disabled people under the UN CRPD. Our 103 Affiliate Members are the foundation of the Federation; working collaboratively with us towards the realisation of our Mission.  

You can find a full list of our Affiliate Members here. 

Our Affiliate Members include: 

  • Ability West 
  • Acquired Brain Injury Ireland 
  • ACTS 
  • AHEAD 
  • Aiseanna Tacaiochta 
  • AK Inspired Ability 
  • Alzheimer Society of Ireland 
  • Anne Sullivan Centre 
  • Arthritis Ireland 
  • Arts and Disability Ireland 
  • Aspire 
  • Athlone Access Awareness 
  • Autism Initiatives Ireland 
  • Autism Support Louth and Meath 
  • Bluestack Special Needs Foundation 
  • Bodywhys 
  • Care Alliance Ireland 
  • Central Remedial Clinic 
  • Cheshire Ireland 
  • Children in Hospital Ireland 
  • Childvision 
  • Chime 
  • CIL Blanchardstown 
  • CIL Carlow 
  • CIL Cork 
  • CIL Donegal 
  • CIL Galway 
  • CIL Kilkenny 
  • CIL Longford 
  • CIL Offaly 
  • CIL Sligo 
  • CIL Tipperary 
  • CIL Waterford 
  • CIL Westmeath 
  • CIL Wexford 
  • Cork Deaf Association 
  • County Roscommon Disability Support Group 
  • Cystic Fibrosis Ireland 
  • Dara Community Living 
  • Debra Ireland 
  • Disabled Drivers Association 
  • Down Syndrome Ireland 
  • Dyslexia Association of Ireland 
  • Dyspraxia DCD Ireland 
  • Employability West Cork 
  • Enable Ireland 
  • Epilepsy Ireland 
  • Family Carers Ireland 
  • Fighting Blindness 
  • Galway Autism Partnership 
  • Grow 
  • HAIL 
  • Headway Ireland 
  • Heart Children Ireland 
  • Huntington's Association of Ireland 
  • iCare 
  • Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association  
  • Inspire Wellbeing 
  • Irish Deaf Society 
  • Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind 
  • Irish Hemophilia Society 
  • Irish Heart Foundation 
  • Irish Kidney Association 
  • Irish Society for Autism 
  • Irish Wheelchair Association 
  • KARE 
  • Lakers Sport and Recreation Club 
  • Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities 
  • Lucan Disability Action Group 
  • Mental Health Reform 
  • Migraine Association of Ireland 
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland 
  • Muscular Dystrophy Ireland 
  • National Federation of Arch Clubs 
  • NCBI 
  • Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland 
  • Neurological Alliance of Ireland 
  • North Tipperary Disability Support Services 
  • North West MS Therapy Services 
  • Parkinsons Association of Ireland 
  • Polio Survivors Ireland 
  • PWSAI 
  • Reach Deaf Services 
  • Reach Ireland 
  • Rehab Group 
  • RHS Homecare Roscommon 
  • Sophia Housing Association 
  • Special Olympics Ireland 
  • Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland 
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland 
  • St. Catherines Association 
  • St. Gabriels Foundation 
  • St. Hilda’s Services 
  • The Crann Centre 
  • Vantastic  
  • WALK 
  • West Limerick Independent Living 
  • Western Care 

Associate Membership 

DFI Associate Members are voluntary bodies, groups, or organisations who are committed to ensuring the inclusion of all disabled people under the UN CRPD. However, their primary activities may be beyond the scope of disability specific services, and they may also not be registered charities. Our Associate Membership provides all the same benefits as our Affiliate membership strand. However, Associate Members may not become involved in the strategic governance of DFI. 

Our Associate Members include: 

  • Alcohol Forum 
  • Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland 
  • Bloomfield Mental Health Services 
  • Cavan and Monaghan Parents Association 
  • Extra Care 
  • Fionnathan Productions 
  • Galway Rural Development 
  • Homefelt 
  • Mayo Autism Camp 
  • PALS 
  • Plan Ireland 
  • Positive Futures 
  • Resilience Healthcare 
  • Respond 
  • Sharing the Journey 
  • Trinity Support and Care 
  • Voluntary Services International 
  • Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland 

Governed by Our Membership 

DFI’s work is guided by our membership through our Nominating Bodies who play an integral part in the delivery of our Strategic Plan. After an initial twelve months of membership all Affiliate Members are encouraged to apply to become a Nominating Body of DFI, enabling them to appoint two DFI Company Members.  

Our Company Members work with our Board of Directors to oversee the implementation of our Strategic Plan. A minimum of one new entry to the Company Members Register, from each Affiliate Member organisation, must demonstrate lived experience. Through this mechanism we ensure that all our work is continually guided by registered Charities, committed to the full inclusion of disabled people, and the people they serve.  

“We don’t want to have to work in silo or be segregated. The pan-disability nature of DFI is unique and prevents our further isolation as providers within the disability sector”. National Associate Member  

An Active Membership Policy 

Membership of DFI is annual and is renewed on the 1st of January each year. We implement an active Membership Policy and require participation in our work, activities, and research as appropriate to your organisation. Through membership renewal you receive a wealth of combined advocacy, representation, networking and practical support across the DFI Team and the wider disability sector.  

“We joined DFI because we want to be part of something bigger. It helps us to ensure that our members voices don’t become isolated “.  - Affiliate Member, CHO 4 

Is there a Cost? 

Membership fees operate on a sliding scale dependent upon your level of income. For fee calculation purposes we include all declared income from the previous financial year, inclusive of statutory, earned income, and fundraising, etc.  

The Application Process 

Membership Applications are currently being accepted. You may apply for membership of DFI by completing the enquiry form or by contacting the Membership Development Manager Susan O’Brien directly at Susan will contact you to progress your application and discuss which membership strand is most suitable for you.