Vision, Mission and Values
The first Irish Center for Independent Living (CIL) was established in in1992 by and for disabled people. Its aim was to ensure that disabled people achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.
We are a campaigning, national representative organisation that promotes the philosophy of independent living and to build an inclusive society. Central to the way we work is to ensure that policy decisions that impact on the lives of disabled people have to be directly influenced by those whose lives are directly affected.
Our philosophy can be summed up as: ‘Nothing about us without us!’ and ‘Rights Not Charity’.
Our vision is an Ireland where disabled persons have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals
We are working collectively to create an independent living Movement in Ireland which is led by disabled people and promotes a rights-based social model of disability, challenging the unacceptable
charity / medical model of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of independent living.
Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living and all activities are aimed towards promoting:
- We promote the active participation of leaders in all aspects of the work of CIL: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- We are a DPO (disabled persons organisation) formed to ensure that the voice of disabled people will be heard in campaigns, research and policy development.
- We recognise and promote equality within our members, in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, marital status, socio-economic status and impairment.
- We will actively promote an understanding of disability as an interaction between a person’s impairment and the societal and environmental barriers that disable people’s participation in society – and actively lobby to remove these barriers to participation and challenge the unacceptable medical / charity model of disability.
- We are committed that CIL continue to develop new innovative models to achieve equality of outcome, recognising that people have a variety of abilities, needs and wants.
The Center for Independent Living recognises that language is a very powerful and
evocative tool. Therefore, the language and terminology used in this website has
been carefully chosen to reflect the values of equality and empowerment which at
the core of this organisation. The term ‘disabled people’ has been used throughout
the website in accordance with the UPIAS classification of disability and impairment
which has been developed by disabled people themselves (UPIAS 1976). Where
disabled people are referred to in the website this should be understood to include all
disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, mental health difficulties
and sensory impairments.