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National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities provides an independent, confidential and free, representative advocacy service that works exclusively for the person using the service and adheres to the highest professional standards.

NAS works to ensure that when life decisions are made, due consideration is given to the will and preference of people with disabilities and that their rights are safeguarded.

NAS operates on the principle that people with disabilities:

  • make decisions about their lives
  • are listened to and consulted by their families and those who provide their services
  • access the supports they need to enable them to live their life and enjoy meaningful participation in family, work and leisure
  • enjoy the benefits of participation in and contribution to their local communities

NAS has a particular remit for people with disabilities who are isolated from their community and services, have communication differences, are inappropriately accommodated, live in residential services, attend day services and have limited informal or natural supports.

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities has recently moved from five Citizens Information Services, who have had responsibility for the delivery of an advocacy service for people with disabilities across their region, to one National Service under a National Advocacy Service Board. The National Advocacy Service is provided through four regions and a National Office which is based in Dublin.

The four regions are:

Region Including
Greater Dublin Dublin, Fingal and Wicklow
Northeast & Midlands Region Cavan, Laois, Longford, Louth, Kildare, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath
Western Region Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo
Southern Region Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities is supported and funded by the Citizens Information Board.

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