Centre for Independent Living

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Transport Services

Maximising independence & enhancing employment & training opportunities

Coaching & Talking Service

We provide coaching and other supports to empower personal creativity, expression and development, to promote choice and plans and to maximise independence

Information & Support

Maximising Independence & Promoting Choice & Plans

Training & Development

Promoting social inclusion, formal and informal education

About Independent Living

Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect.

Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves and do not need anybody or that we want to live in isolation.

To this end we must support and learn from each other, organize ourselves and work for political changes that lead to the legal protection of our human and civil rights.

As long as we regard our disabilities as tragedies, we will be pitied.
As long as we feel ashamed of who we are, our lives will be regarded as useless.
As long as we remain silent, we will be told by others what to do.

Adolf Ratzka, 2003.

DPOC News:

Petition For Funding For Door to door Transport Service For persons with Disabilities in County Clare

The Disabled People of Clare No longer have funds to run a transport service due to new restrictions within HSE Funding/ changes to the Criteria for Motorised transport grant and reclaim of VRT and contributions from Department of Social Protection community Employment Scheme Cuts

Apr 21st, 2016       View details »

Disable Inequality Campaign

You can add your voice to Disable Inequality. Together we will be heard.

Feb 9th, 2016       View details »


Dpoc are fundraising at the moment in partnership with Tesco

Jan 19th, 2016       View details »

New method for claiming fuel grant 2016

Applying for the fuel grant

Jan 6th, 2016       View details »

Irish Government, Enda Kenny, Republic of Ireland government: Ratify UN convention on human rights for disabled people

Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Aug 25th, 2015       View details »

The First Assembly

Do you need a boost ? Something special like an independent Living festival to attend ? Well it’s happening 13th of June, 4 weeks from now. “The First Assembly”.

May 19th, 2015       View details »

Profile of people with disabilities in County Clare

Almost 600,000 people in Ireland have a disability: here are some national facts and figures.

May 12th, 2015       View details »

Have a listen to the interview with Peter from Specialisterne Ireland Ltd

Have a listen to the interview with Peter from Specialisterne Ireland Ltd

Apr 28th, 2015       View details »