Irish Wheelchair Association

Posted in: Members by notforprofit on March 22, 2011

Irish Wheelchair Association

Mission Statement

The Irish Wheelchair Association is a national organisation dedicated to the achievement of full social, economic and educational integration of people with physical disabilities as equal, independent and participative members of the community.


The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland.

IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country, since its establishment in 1960. Today, our Association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many dedicated volunteers.

Together we work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with a disability.

As a community-based organisation, IWA aims to:

  • Identify the needs of people with limited mobility living in the community

  • Empower people with the skills and support to help them address their identified needs and to participate in society

  • Create awareness of the rights and needs of our members amongst policy makers, service providers,and the public

  • Advocate with and on behalf of people with limited mobility for improved services and benefits

  • Provide and promote appropriate services


IWA has been working with, and providing services to, people with limited mobility since 1960. Our wide range of services promotes quality of life for people with disabilities in Ireland.

Driven by the needs of our members, IWA is constantly developing and piloting new concepts of service delivery. In all areas of service provision, we are committed to developing and adhering to standards of best practice.

Our range of services and programmes includes:

  • Advocacy

  • Assisted Living Services

  • Resource & Outreach Centres (ROCs)

  • Independent Living Apartments with support services

  • Motoring Advice, Assessment And Tuition

  • Parking Permits

  • Transport

  • Training & Education

  • Wheelchair Sales, Rental & Repair

  • Sport

  • Respite & Holidays

  • Housing Support

  • Information & Publications

  • Youth Services

Contact Details for Irish Wheelchair Association Headquarters

Irish Wheelchair Association                               W:

Blackheath Drive                                                           E:

Clontarf                                                                                T: 01 818 6400

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