Empowering Parents

The Empowering Parents Programme is an advocacy and capacity building programme for the parents of disabled children and young people. It aims to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their children, in particular in relation to accessing education and health services supports.

It won’t solve all problems, but it will offer parents information and advice which will help them to see things differently and to find ways of getting what they and their child need.
Peer support is a key element of the programme, parents will be with other parents who are in a similar situation, so there will lots of opportunity for getting and giving real support.

What does the Programme entail?

Empowering Parents will:
  • Show parents new ways of thinking about their child’s disability, which will help them to see new possibilities and ways of doing things
  • Tell parents about their child’s rights, and how to achieve them
  • Explain who can help parents to get what you need from public services and the local community

Help parents to build confidence and keep their spirits up!
The training consists of six 2.5 hour sessions and can be delivered at a time suitable to parents.
A maximum of 18 parents can participate in the programme.

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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)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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