Vision and Mission

The vision of DFI is that Irish society is fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can exercise their full civil, economic, social and human rights and that they are enabled to reach their full potential in life. DFI’s mission is to act as an advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in all aspects of their lives.

DFI represents the interests and the expectations of people with disabilities to be fully included in Irish society. It comprises organisations that represent and support people with disabilities and disabling conditions. DFI will work through these organisations and other agencies / organisations to ensure that people with disabilities and disabling conditions are enabled and empowered to be equal citizens in Ireland.

Guiding Principles

In relation to people with disabilities and disabling conditions:

DFI believes that policies and services for people with disabilities should be person centred and that services should be focused on the individual needs of each disabled person and be of a quality and standard that is in keeping with their human dignity.

DFI is committed to working more consistently on the factors that cause disability and disabling conditions in order to reduce and lessen the effects of such conditions.

DFI is committed to working on ensuring accessible pathways for people with disabilities to an inclusive and participative life.

DFI believes that people with disabilities should be involved in the design, delivery and the evaluation of services provided to people with disabilities and be central to decision making within voluntary disability organisations.

DFI supports the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in mainstream services and, where appropriate, the development of specialist services for people with disabilities to support that participation.

 

In relation to the work and ongoing development of DFI and of DFI member organisations:

DFI believes in working in partnership with other organisations in pursuit of its objectives of supporting member organisations and the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities.

DFI fully respects the autonomy and the diversity of approaches and strategies of member organisations.

DFI is committed to the full and effective implementation of the National Disability Strategy.

DFI commits itself and its members to delivering supports and services in a high quality, professional manner, which further the progression and independence of people with disabilities.

DFI believes in achieving optimum effectiveness and efficiency both in relation to its own work and to the work of its member organisations.

DFI is an autonomous and independent organisation and will maintain this autonomy and independence in its work with Government Departments and statutory agencies.

DFI believes that relevant Government Departments and statutory agencies have primary responsibility for public service delivery in relation to the inclusive provision of services for people with disabilities and disabling conditions.

DFI believes that voluntary disability organisations have a vital role to play in deepening the involvement and participation of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in the full implementation of the National Disability Strategy

Strategic Priorities

The four overall Strategic Priorities, outlined in our Strategic Plan 2011 - 2016 and as adopted by the Board and National Council provide the guidance and basis for all our work.

  1. To influence the development, implementation and monitoring of policies affecting people with disabilities.
  2. To improve the effectiveness and sustainability of DFI member organisations.
  3. To strengthen the voice, impact and relevance of the disability movement in Ireland.
  4. To enhance the organisational effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of DFI.

 

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