Disability Rights Are Human Rights

DESSA is a national community development organisation working to support the full and equal participation of disabled people in Irish society by creating inclusive and non-disabling communities.

DESSA believes disability rights are about equality and inclusion. We will help you to stand up for your rights.

Promoting and championing the rights of disabled people and their families through strong advocacy.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Our courses are designed to cater for a wide range of needs.

Realising Rights! The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DESSA are working with the DPO Coalition on the development of a Shadow Report to the UN in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The DPO Coalition is an alliance of disabled people and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) which was established in 2020 to develop and submit a report to the UN on Ireland’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Jacqui Browne is leading this work as the independent Chair of the DPO Coalition. Jacqui is also Chairperson of DESSA.  The Shadow Report will identify and highlight the barriers and issues of concern that prevent disabled people in Ireland from enjoying their human rights.  This work is funded by IHREC, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. 

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Charitable Status

DESSA is a registered charity. We welcome donations to help us in our work.
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20057077

How to Find Us

Thomas Court Centre, 26 Hanbury Lane, Dublin 8, D08 H9Y2, Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)87 353 4432


The Scheme to Support National Organisations is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development
Department of Rural and Community Development
Pobal Government Supporting Communities
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