Video: Community Supports for Young People with an Intellectual Disability

A presentation by the Muiriosa Foundation, a HSE funded service, on the day service policy  New Directions and how their service provides support for a person living in the community. Avril Webster, parent and active member of the newly formed Inclusive Living Network, talks about an alternative vision for life in the community.

The 2021 -22 Post-school Community Supports Directory, listing resources, supports, and services available in Ireland, is provided below. Click on each organisation logo to be taken to the website of the organisation, for more information on each of the supports listed.

Future Planning 2021/22 - Community Supports Directory
Clan Beo

Discover an alternative vision for a valued life in communities

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information Office Guide to Entitlements for people with disability.

Delta Centre

What does the organisation do?
The name Delta stands for development, education, learning, training, and activation.

What support may they give me?
Individuals can avail of services which include rehabilitation, training, numeracy and literacy, catering, horticulture, education, or work experience.

Where are they located?
Located in Carlow.

How are they funded?
Multiple Funding Sources

Disability Federation of Ireland

Ireland needs to change before it’s a fit home for 600,000 people with disabilities. Right now an awful lot is wrong – DFI’s mission is simply to ensure that changes are made that would mean equality for people with disabilities.


What does the organisation do?
Provides community-based recovery-orientated programmes for adults who experience mental health difficulties, intellectual difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Physical and Sensory disabilities.

What support may they give me?
Support people become active citizens in their local communities by promoting health, wellbeing, learning, and social inclusion.

Where are they located?
In 20 locations across the HSE Community Healthcare Areas 6, 7, and 9.

How are they funded?
HSE Funded.

Family Carers Ireland

Our vision is an Ireland in which family carers are properly recognised, supported and empowered. Our mission is to highlight the contribution of family carers to Irish society and to improve the lives of family carers throughout the country. We believe that no one should have to care alone.


What does the organisation do?
Son and father Fionn and Jonathan Angus who have developed a supported independent living path through self-directed funding and bespoke employment through creating a social enterprise.

What support may they give me?
Exists to have fun and change the world, to trouble your understanding of ability, to reveal superstars in our midst, and to prove that, in fact, we are the people we’ve been waiting for.

Where are they located?
Based in Galway & Clare. Nationwide and International Consultants to individuals, families and the social care sector (students, professionals, agencies)

How are they funded?
Funded through various grants and earned income.

HSE Disability Services - Community and Social Care

The HSE provides and funds a range of services for people with disabilities and their carers. These services include basic health services as well as assessment, rehabilitation, income maintenance, community care and residential care respite, home care and daycare.Some services are provided directly by the HSE. Community, residential and rehabilitative training services are provided by voluntary organisations with grant aid from the HSE.

HSE Personal Budgets

A personalised budget is an amount of funding that a person with a disability may be considered for by the HSE. If a person qualifies for a Personalised Budget they can make their own arrangements to meet their support needs, instead of having their needs met directly for them by the HSE and HSE funded services providers. People with disabilities currently in receipt of HSE funded services can apply for a personalised budget if they so choose or they can choose to continue with their traditional services from the HSE or a HSE funded service provider.

Inclusive Living Network

The Inclusive Living Network (‘the Network’) is a unique network of individuals, families and agencies who are passionate and committed to promoting, enabling and demonstrating self-determined and inclusive lives for people who are labelled as having a disability.

Independent Living Movement of Ireland

We are working collectively to create an Independent Living Movement in Ireland led by disabled people, promoting a rights-based social model of disability, challenging a charity/medical view of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of Independent Living

Inclusion Ireland

People with an intellectual disability are at the heart of everything Inclusion Ireland does. We are Rights-based. We champion the human rights of people with an intellectual disability. We support our members to take part in decisions that are about them. Our work is informed by our members’ views and life experiences and by research. We campaign for change when we see things that are not fair. We work in partnership with others to build a more inclusive Ireland.


What does the organisation do?
Began in 2014 by a group of parents of adults with ID who were seeking an alternative to traditional post-secondary institutional settings

What support may they give me?
Inspired provides education, employment opportunities, and community participation opportunities for adults with learning disabilities (LD).

Where are they located?
Located in County Kerry

How are they funded?
Initially, the organisation was funded entirely from the fundraising initiatives of the parents; now it is part-funded by the European Social Fund and the Health Service Executive.

Irish Wheelchair Association

Irish Wheelchair Association is a community of people with physical disabilities across Ireland founded on the belief that everyone should be able to live a life of choice and equality. Our services support people with physical disabilities to live independently and our campaigns demand equal rights and opportunities for people with physical abilities.


Leap assists families to focus on inclusion and the importance of relationships, belonging and valued social roles. Leap develops the leadership of families so that they can raise expectations of what is possible in the lives of people with disabilities

National Advocacy Service

The National Advocacy Service (NAS) is an organisation which helps adults with disabilities. If you have a disability, like a physical or intellectual disability, one of our staff could help you with an issue you are having. NAS provides a free and confidential advocacy service to adults with a disability, aged 18 years and over.NAS has a particular remit to work with people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations, such as people who are isolated from their community of choice or mainstream society, may communicate differently and who have limited formal or natural supports.

National Platform of Self Advocates

The National Platform of Self Advocates is an independent organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities. It is a membership organisation with an elected steering committee working on its strategic plan. he group is founded on the right of people with intellectual disabilities to be included as equal citizens with rights as outlines in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Platform aims to be the nationally recognised spokes organisation on policy and issues affecting the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It aims to be involved through representation by its members in local and national policy making groups.

National Disability Authority

We are the independent statutory body that provides information and advice to the Government on policy and practice relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities. We have a role to assist the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in the co-ordination of disability policy. We work through our Centre for Excellence in Universal Design to promote the universal design of the built environment, products, services and information and communication technologies so that they can be easily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size, ability or disability.


New Directions is the HSE’s approach to supporting adults with disabilities who use day services in Ireland. New Directions sets out twelve supports that should be available to people with disabilities using ‘day services’. It proposes that ‘day services’ should take the form of individualised outcome-focussed supports to allow adults using those services to live a life of their choosing in accordance with their own wishes, needs and aspirations. There is a structure set up within the nine HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) nationally to implement New Directions.

Patient Advocacy Service

The Patient Advocacy Service is an independent, free and confidential service. We provide information and support to people who want to make a formal complaint through the HSE ‘Your Service, Your Say’ complaints policy about the care they have experienced in a HSE-funded public acute hospital. The Patient Advocacy Service is fully independent of the HSE, and receives no funding from the HSE.

Possiblities Plus

To help people with a disability identify their skills, gifts and contributions and use resources available to them to develop valued social roles and create a good life.

Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development organisation and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. We believe that people can fulfil their potential through volunteering and that volunteering contributes to healthier and more resilient communities. We work to support, promote and celebrate volunteering. We do this in many different ways, working with a variety of stakeholders.

Youth Advocates Programmes Ireland

The Moving Ahead Report (2015) Identified many issues that people with disabilities in Ireland face in Ireland today; the report highlights the difficulties of being able to access supports that are based on their needs in their community, focus on active support, community involvement and participation and support their parents as part of the process. It also highlights the need for service providers to change how services are delivered and to provide community-based services that are based around the individual’s needs.

Train for Success

What does the organisation do?
Confidence coach and trainer for people with intellectual disability.

What support may they give me?
Help people with an intellectual disability to sort things out.

Where are they located?
Found in Lucan, Dublin, Ireland.

How are they funded?
Private consultation.

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