DESSA defines advocacy as the process that involves supporting, enabling and empowering vulnerable persons to access their rights and entitlements in a safe environment based on confidentiality, trust and respect (DESSA Advocacy Position Paper, 2009).m.

Our Goal

Promoting and championing the rights of disabled people and families through strong advocacy.

What We Do
  • Deliver practical self-advocacy training to adults and to DPOs – Disabled Peoples’ Organisations.
  • Build the capacity of parents of disabled children and young people to effectively speak up and access rights and entitlements on behalf of their children.
  • Enable families experiencing disability to establish advocacy and peer support networks.
  • Build the capacity of parents of adults accessing disability services to understand and influence policy and have a say in their service provision.

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)86 601 1613

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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