About Inclusion Ireland: Who we are and what we do

Strategic Plan

Inclusion Ireland's Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 entitled 'Towards Inclusion' can be found  Download our Strategic Plan 

Equality & Human Rights Statement

This statement reflects our commitment to equality and human rights and to bringing this commitment into our work. It underpins our ambition to work towards eliminating discrimination against, promoting equality of opportunity for and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

Download Inclusion Ireland's Equality and Human Rights Statement (PDF)

Easy to Read & Accessibility

Inclusion Ireland is committed to working towards full accessibility of our information and uses Plain English as a minimum. Download our Plain English guidelines 

What we do

Inclusion Ireland provides a central forum for its members to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish Society. In addition to this central role, Inclusion Ireland:

● Promotes Advocacy for people with an intellectual disability, particularly self-advocacy;

● Provides an information and advice service by phone, post and through its website;

● Publishes information leaflets/booklets;

● Publishes a quarterly newsletter;

● Organises seminars and conferences on intellectual disability;

● Gives information & training talks to a range of groups;

● Represents the intellectual disability sector in Ireland at an international level by its membership of Inclusion International & Inclusion Europe;

● Promotes research into intellectual disability.


The Vision of Inclusion Ireland is that of people with an intellectual disability living and participating in the community with equal rights as citizens, to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential.


The Mission of Inclusion Ireland is to be the independent champion of people with an intellectual disability and their families whose standing and expertise in intellectual disability is acknowledged and to ensure that people with an intellectual disability have their voices heard, are not isolated or segregated and can lead more independent and healthier lives.


President of Ireland Michael D Higgins is the Patron of Inclusion Ireland.

Inclusion Ireland was founded in 1961 (as Namhi) and has now become the umbrella body for over 160 organisations.

Inclusion Ireland's membership comprises both organisations and individual members.


Becoming a Member 

Inclusion Ireland is an umbrella group for individuals and organisations in the intellectual disability sector.

Our members include:

● Individuals such as people with an intellectual disability, parents and family members, those working in services, students, or any person with an interest in intellectual disability can become an individual member of Inclusion Ireland.

● Parent and Friend Associations and Support Groups

● Self-Advocacy Groups

● Voluntary and Statutory organisations providing services to people with an intellectual disability

● Trade unions

● Professional Bodies

● Societies

● Special interest groups

Full information on becoming a member of Inclusion Ireland

Social Media Notice

Read Inclusion Ireland's Social Media Notice