Useful Links: Information Sources

Activelink works with non-profit organisations to develop online communications in the public interest, to promote action and participation and to foster the sharing of ideas, experience and information.
This online resource, developed by the Citizens Information Board (formerly Comhairle), provides information on assistive technology and a directory of products available from Irish suppliers.
Boardmatch Ireland is a new initiative launched in Ireland in June 2005 which aims to support the development of the voluntary and community sector (the nonprofit sector) by strengthening boards and management committees.
Carers Association
The Carers Association is Ireland's national voluntary organisation for and of family carers in the home. Family carers provide high levels of care to older people, people with severe disabilities, the terminally ill and children with special needs.
The Centre for Nonprofit Management is based within the School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin. The Centre supports and develops research, education and dialogue about the Third Sector and nonprofit organisations by creating and facilitating relationships across disciplines and across sectors.

Supporting people who experience disabilities and exhibit, what some have called, "difficult behaviours".  David's view would be, what's most needed when supporting someone who engages in difficult behaviours is imagination. 
David's practice is based upon a simple idea;- difficult behaviours result from unmet needs.  In a sense, difficult behaviours are messages which can tell us important things about a person and the quality of his or her life.
The Delivering Outcomes to People Project is funded under the Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, as part of their Enhancing Disability Services, POBAL Office. This funding came about as a result of a proposal by the National Outcomes Network of Ireland submission, with funding running until the end of December 2007.   The aims of the project are to:  support clusters of smaller agencies in the disability sector in training their staff in Personal Outcomes measuring;  develop a national baseline of data from agencies using personal outcomes;  support & disseminate good practice in outcomes delivery through website, seminars, national conference & good practice guide and support implementation of Basic Assurances in all network members.
Disability Action
Disability Action works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing Government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people.
Disability Consultancy Services is owned and run by people with a disability and provides professional training on all aspects of disability awareness.   A grant aid is available from FAS which will cover up to 90% of full training cost.
This website aims to provide easy access to a comprehensive on-line information service for people with disabilities.
The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. The Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000 outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services and other opportunitie,s to which the public generally have access, on nine distinct grounds. These are: gender; marital status; family status; age; disability; race; sexual orientation; religious belief; and membership of the traveller community. is Ireland's first online communications network to cater for Health Professional Bodies, Health Professionals and the public.  Developed in collaboration with the Irish College of General Practitioners, it is the first all- encompassing health resource for Ireland. is a consortium of Intellectual Disability Libraries established to provide easy and comprehensive access to up-to-date information in this and related fields thereby supporting research, best practice and education in our services.  The members of the consortium are: Daughters of Charity Services, St. John of God Hospitaller Services, St. Michaelís House, Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary Services, Stewarts Hospital Services Ltd.
The Insitute of Design and Disability was established in 1991 following the European Conference on Design for Disability held in Dublin in 1989. The objective of the IDD is to promote the inclusion in society of people with disabilities through the exercise of good design. Its membership includes architects, designers, rehabilitation professionals and people with disabilities and is based at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.  Their website also includes details of the Barcelona Declaration - a European convention on accessibility.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland works to tackle inequalities in health across the island of Ireland.
One of the key aims for the National Health Strategy is to ensure the delivery of high quality services that are based on evidence-supported best practice.  To advance this aim, in March 2005, the Minister for Health & Children established the interim Health Information and Quality Authority (iHIQA) to make the administrative and organisational plans for the Health Information and Quality Authority's establishment in 2006.
The Irish Association of Behaviour Support promotes social inclusion and non-aversive support for people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour so that they can live in the community with freedom and dignity.  The resources and articles on the website are free to download and use in the service of people with intellectual disabilities.  As a professional courtesy, the Irish Association of Behaviour Support would ask you to acknowledge authorship.
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) was formed in 1982 by housing and hostel organisations in Ireland to act as a national representative, promotional, information and advisory federation.  The ICSH now represents over 200 affiliated housing associations and other voluntary organisations involved in housing or hostel services, providing accommodation of over 15,500 homes. 
In 2006, the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind introduced a new service, which is also developing in other countries where trained dogs have been utilised as Assistance dogs to people with disabilities.  Following a pilot scheme in 2005, a number of families of children with Autism have benefited from an Assistance dog.
The protection and promotion of human rights is the core value of the Human Rights Commission.
The Irish Sex Education Network aims to promote high professional standards and best practice in the area of sex education for people with disabilities with a special emphasis on people with intellectual disabilities. Sex education in this context encompasses personal development, self esteem, relationships, rights, responsibilities, risks and protection issues for young people and adults, their carers and staff. 
The Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health (ISDH) was formally established in 2002. It serves to promote, preserve and protect the oral health of people with disabilities. 
Kendrick Consulting is a very small specialized international consulting firm principally focused on leadership and emerging developments in the fields of disability, mental health and aging. It undertakes work with governments, non-government organizations and many grass roots initiatives devoted to the needs, issues and rights of disadvantaged people. Its consequent focus is on innovation, quality, change, leadership and other technical aspects of creating sound solutions of a very advanced calibre. is the one-stop-shop about training and development for staff and volunteers working in community and voluntary organisations in Ireland, developed by The Wheel.  Launched in September 2006, enables you to access an extensive database of training courses and providers for the Sector, along with everything you need to know about training. 
Mobility Online is Ireland's first website dedicated to products for people with limited mobility.  Mobility Online was developed to give people with a special need access to a range of products to help make life more independent.  It allows people to browse through a range of mobility products from the comfort of their own home, where thay can purchase online, request a brochure or have a representative call to their own home for a no obligation demonstration.
National Adult Literacy Agency 
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is a non-profit membership organisation, concerned with national co-ordination, training and policy development in adult literacy work in Ireland.  The Agency was established in 1980 and from that time has campaigned for recognition and response to the adult literacy problem in Ireland.  Literacytools is a website for adults who would like to improve their spelling, reading and numeracy skills.  The Really Useful Guide to Words and Numbers is a Distance Learning project co-ordinated by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). The project is funded by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Department of Education and Science.
The National Children's Office (NCO) is now part of the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC).  In December 2005, the Government took a decision to set up the OMC in order to bring greater coherence to policy making for children.  The work of the former NCO still continues in the new OMC.
The O2 Ability Awards, created and designed by The Aisling Foundation, in association with Access Ability, who manage the assessment process, are the first Irish business awards for best practice in the employment of people with disabilities.  Examining all aspects of employment, the awards recognise progressive attitudes, namely in those organisations that see disability and diversity as a corporate opportunity and key to its success. 
The Ombudsman's staff examine complaints about the administrative actions of Government Departments, the Health Service Executive, local authorities and An Post.  You can make a complaint on-line if you wish. It also provide useful links to other complaint handling bodies which may be able to assist you. 
The Office was established under the Ombudsman for Children Act, 2002 and Emily Logan was appointed as Ombusdman for Children in March 2004. The main purpose of the Ombudsman role for Children is to safeguard and promote the rights and interests of children and young people under the age of eighteen. The Ombudsman for Children Act 2002 describes in detail what the Ombudsman can do. It has three main areas of work: Promoting children's rights, complaints and investigations, research and enquiries.
PAPA is the Northern Ireland Charity for autism and Asperger's syndrome. PAPA seeks to ensure that people within the Autistic Spectrum have access to appropriate services, enabling people with Autism to be valued members of their community. PAPA has 13 support branches throughout Northern Ireland and Donegal. 
 The Psychological Society of Irel Learning Disability Special Interest Group was founded in 1974.  The aims and vision of the group are:
  • To promote good practice in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • To facilitate high standards of competence in assessment and intervention in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • To educate the public on issues relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • To support continuing professional development for Psychologists working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities
The Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) was established in 1999 to inspect social services in Ireland. It is administered by the Department of Health and Children (DoH&C) but will be established on a statutory basis.
This is the website of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship.  The Taskforce on Active Citizenship was established to advise the Government on the steps that can be taken to ensure that the wealth of civic spirit and active participation already present in Ireland continues to grow and develop. The aim of this website is to provide visitors with information on the Taskforce and to hear your views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21st century Ireland. If you have a query on any of the information available on this website, please contact them by: Phone: 00 353 (0)1 6194558 / 4330 or
Email:  If you would like to take part in the public consultation process that the Taskforce are currently running please click on the icons below. The Taskforce ask that you submit your views no later than Friday 29th September 2006.
The Wheel 
The Wheel is a national network connecting Community and Voluntary organisations across Ireland. Established in 1999, The Wheel has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the Community and Voluntary sector.