Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is recognised as Ireland’s leading organisation for people with physical disabilities. We are a thriving, independent organisation, advocating for an inclusive society and providing quality services that enable people with physical disabilities to live the life they choose.
IWA is delighted to have launched our new strategic plan for 2017 – 2020. This publication is an extremely important endeavour for IWA and our members, and will steer our future direction for the next three years. The process of planning and preparing our new strategic plan included an extensive consultation process with IWA members, staff, volunteers and community supporters.
Our Strategic Plan is our roadmap for the next 3 years. IWA’s Vision, deliberately aspirational, is of the world we want to operate in – the destination we ultimately want to reach. Our Mission – to work with, and on behalf of, people with physical disabilities, to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society - represents what IWA is going to do in order to get there; and our Strategic Objectives are the areas which we will prioritise and where we will focus our energies over the next 3 years.
Our plans for the future are ambitious and challenging. For over 50 years, IWA has advocated to see a shift in the many obstacles and barriers – physical, environmental, legal and attitudinal – faced by people with physical disabilities, and that legacy makes me confident that together we will achieve our vision of a better Ireland. If ever a group of people could tell the story of moving from total exclusion to achieving social, civic, and political inclusion, it is the people who are Irish Wheelchair Association.