The DESSA Principles are informed by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These principles are the framework for building positive relationships and partnerships between disabled people, their families and community.
1. Human Rights
Respecting, upholding and promoting the human rights of disabled people at all times.
2. Social Justice and Equality
Commitment to equal treatment of disabled people and the elimination of discrimination in all forms at the organisational level in the community.
Supporting disabled people to make their own decisions and choices through access to information, self-advocacy training and connections with groups and the community.
Supporting the full and effective participation of disabled people in Irish society in ways of their choosing.
5. Respect for the individual
Recognising and respecting that each person experiencing disability is a unique individual and their condition is only one of their many characteristics and attributes.