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Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency

About Us


DESSA is a national Community Development organisation, funded under the aegis of the Department of Rural and Community Development to develop and deliver social inclusion initiatives to people with disabilities and their families.



The programme is funded by the government department to address poverty, social exclusion and equality issues in both rural and urban areas throughout Ireland. The main aim of the programme is to empower and create opportunities for groups and individuals experiencing social exclusion to enhance their capacity to play a role in creating change in their communities and in society at large.