The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disability is a national umbrella organisation for voluntary and non-statutory agencies that give direct services to people with intellectual disability. It has 62 member organisations thorughout Ireland that deliver services to 22,000 people with an intellectual disability and their families.
The National Federation works on the basis of four main principles - that people with an intellectual disability have the right to:
- live an ordinary life in their own community;
- be treated as an individual with dignity and respect;
- get support in developing their highest potential; and
- take part in decisions affecting their lives.
The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies offers and develops high quality, person-centred services. Many of its member organisations deliver early services. If you want to see if the National Federation offers children's services in your area, you can click here to see its map of service providers. Early Services in some areas are provided directly by the HSE.
The National Federation also seeks to promote equal opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities through activities such as:
- sharing information;
- developing quality research to offer evidence and meet national and international best practice;
- lobbying on a national and international basis; and
- working with advocacy organisations for people with an intellectual disability.
The Informing Families Best Practice Guidelines and this website (www.informingfamilies.ie) were developed by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies as part of their work as advocates for people with disabilites and their families.
How to contact us
You can contact the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies by post, phone, email or by visiting its website:
National Federation of Voluntary Bodies,
Oranmore Business Park,
Telephone: +353 (91) 792316
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org