Get Involved

Find out here how you can have a voice on issues that are important to you. Many local and national disability groups and organisations have opportunities for you to get involved in activism, advocacy and campaigning. Check out the list of national disability organisations in our Supports and Services section.


North Wicklow Disability Access Group

Community group of local people with disabilities working together to highlight and take action on issues for people with disabilities. Contact piercerichardson@disability-federation.ie.

 

Independent Living Movement Ireland

Disabled person’s organisation (DPO) working to create an Independent Living Movement in Ireland led by disabled people, promote a rights-based social model of disability, challenge inequalities disabled people face and campaign for the human rights of disabled people. Sign up to their eBulletin for info on campaigns you can get involved in.

 

Disability Federation of Ireland

Run regular campaigns on issues for people with disability in Ireland.

 

Disabled Women Ireland

Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) advocating for the rights of  self-identified women, girls and non-binary/genderqueer/gender non-confirming people with disabilities in Ireland from an inter-sectional feminist approach. 

 

National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

Free and confidential one-to-one advocacy service for adults with a disability aged 18 and over. Can help you understand your rights, have a voice, speak up and say what you want to happen in your life.

 

National Platform of Self-advocates

National organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

Inclusion Europe

European movement of people with intellectual disabilities and their families – giving people a voice and campaigns to support.

 

Contact your local elected representatives 

Website with contact details for councillors and TDs in your area.

 


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What do Disabled People want from Disability Service Providers consultation

September 6, 2022Independent Living Movement Ireland is hosting an online consultation event on Tuesday 11th October from 11am-1pm: What do Disabled People want from Disability Service Providers: a consultation to explore how…... Read More
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Webinar on Social Model of Disability

August 29, 2022Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask Part 3: Let’s talk about the Social Model of Disability: and why that matters! This free webinar is…... Read More
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DFI Self-advocacy Survey

August 24, 2022The Disability Federation of Ireland wants you to tell them about your self-advocacy work – what you are doing and what you need – in their DFI self-advocacy survey. Click…... Read More
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Vision Sports Ireland Youth Leadership Programme

August 8, 2022Vision Sports Ireland’s 2022 Youth Leadership Programme takes place over six weeks beginning Sunday 25th September 2022.   The programme is open to 13-16-year-olds and will guide the participants through…... Read More
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How’s it going? survey

May 4, 2022The National Disability Authority would like you to complete their How’s it Going? survey on wellbeing and social inclusion. The survey will give them a snapshot of the everyday lived…... Read More
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Consultation on Autism Innovation Strategy

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Strategies for Change Masterclass

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Consultation: Domestic, Sexual, Gender Based Violence Plan

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Decision Support Service online info event

March 1, 2022Want to find out about the new Decision Support Service, when it will start and why it’s being set up? Register here for this online event on Friday 11th March…... Read More
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Public consultation on Changing Places toilet facilities

February 16, 2022The Government is holding a public consultation on a proposed amendment to the Building Regulations Part M, in order to make provision for a Changing Places toilet in certain types…... Read More
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Decision Support Service public consultation

February 2, 2022The Decision Support Service has launched Phase 2 of a public consultation on their draft codes of practice. They especially want to hear from people with disabilities and their families and…... Read More
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Media + Me webinar

January 24, 2022Independent Living Movement Ireland webinar on 2nd February from 7-8pm: Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media. Media (broadcast, print and online) is crucial for framing how…... Read More
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Power of Disability Conference

January 11, 2022AHEAD and the Union of Students in Ireland present the Power of Disability Conference 2022 on 20th and 21st January.  This two-day event will include discussions, presentations and feedback sessions…... Read More
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Join NCBI’s Advocacy Network

January 11, 2022NCBI is looking for people to join their Local Advocacy Network on Access. The purpose of the group is to highlight the access challenges faced by people who are blind…... Read More
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Connecting Artists 2022

January 11, 2022Connecting Artists 2022 is looking for 10 Visual Artists from all over Ireland who live with an intellectual disability. Have you ever dreamed of being part of a national Art…... Read More
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Irish Wheelchair Association Live Stream #IDPWD21

December 3, 2021Tune in to the Irish Wheelchair Association’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities Facebook live stream with John Fulham and Mark Barry from their advocacy team and IWA member ambassadors…... Read More
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Empower! online event #IDPWD21

December 3, 2021To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December Clare Leader Forum presents “EMPOWER: a better future for younger people, deprived of their liberty in nursing homes” at…... Read More
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Celebrate Purple Lights 2021!

December 2, 2021#PurpleLights21 takes place on Friday 3rd December 2021 to mark International Day of People with Disabilities. Run by the Disability Federation of Ireland, the day is celebrated in Ireland with…... Read More
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Webinar: Autism & Sensory Processing at Christmas

December 1, 2021AsIAm and SuperValu are holding a webinar: Autism & Sensory Processing at Christmas on Tuesday 7th December from 7-8pm. The webinar will focus on adjustments and adaptations you can make to…... Read More
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Youth Workshops

December 1, 2021The NUIG Centre for Disability Law and Policy is holding online workshops for young disabled people in January 2022. The online workshops will give young disabled people in Ireland (between…... Read More
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DADA Coffee Morning #IDPWD21

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Have Your Say on the Equality Acts!

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NCBI Local Advocacy Network on Access

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Apply to join the Disability Stakeholders Group!

August 12, 2021Would you like to be a member of a group monitoring the Government’s disability policies and strategies? The deadline for expressions of interest to join the Disability Stakeholder Group is…... Read More
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Public consultation on effective engagement with people with disabilities

July 29, 2021The NDA is updating its guidance to Government departments and public bodies on engaging with people with disabilities, including children and young people with disabilities, in policy development and consultation…... Read More
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Have your say on Wicklow County Development Plan!

July 9, 2021Have your say on the draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2021-2027! The plan will affect many areas of life if you live in County Wicklow – give it a read…... Read More
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Solidarity and Sharing Online Gathering of Disabled Women

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Students with disabilities learning from home survey

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Everything you wanted to know about disability but were afraid to ask!

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Sport Ireland survey on diversity and inclusion in sport

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Consultation on National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability

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Consultation on draft UNCRPD report

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Research invitation: Impact of Family Caregiving on Lives of Disabled People

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Freezin’ for a Reason!

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DFI survey of people with disabilities

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Inclusion Ireland Right to Connect conference

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Mental health & autistic adults study

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Purple Lights 2020

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Committee Disability Matters wants to hear from you!

October 23, 2020The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Disability Matters wants to hear about your lived experience as a person with a disability. They’re inviting written submissions from interested groups or individuals to…... Read More
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Building Online Social Movements workshop

October 23, 2020Building Online Social Movements: Interactive Workshop for Disabled Activists: 4th November 2020 from 7-9pm   Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are offering a free workshop to disabled activists on how…... Read More
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Survey on costs of disability

October 23, 2020The Department of Employment and Social Affairs has launched a confidential survey on the costs of disability. This survey will help policymakers understand the extra financial and other costs you…... Read More
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Consultation on accessibility of public transport

October 14, 2020The National Transport Authority (NTA) are looking for your feedback on the accessibility of Public Transport. There are three ways to complete the survey: You can fill in the survey…... Read More
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New Disability committee seeks nominations

October 2, 2020Wicklow County Council is seeking nominations from people with disabilities who would like to be involved in their new Disability Inclusion Steering Committee starting in October 2020. The committee is…... Read More
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ILMI Youth Collective

July 21, 2020The Independent Living Movement of Ireland (ILMI) is launching a new Youth Collective. If you are aged 18 – 30 and interested in equality, policy, disability rights, relationships and a…... Read More
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COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Survey

July 1, 2020An important global survey of the impact of #covid19 on people with disabilities wants to hear from you about the impact the pandemic is having on you in Ireland.  The…... Read More
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Not my Independence Day!

July 1, 2020Petition! As people regain their independence with the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, not everyone will be enjoying their full freedom. Imagine never escaping the lockdown. For people with physical disabilities,…... Read More