About Waterford CIL

Waterford Centre for Independent Living (WCIL) is a grassroots organisation whose main aim is to empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve independent living, choice and control over their own lives, and full participation as equal citizens in society.

For too long now, people with disabilities have been living on the margins of society, dependent on family, friends and voluntary organisations. Waterford CIL aims to change this by providing better services, offering more options and challenging the status quo.

Waterford CIL is run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. There are very few organisations who can claim this. We understand the real issues facing people with disabilities, because we face them too, and together we can help each other.

Serving the Waterford community for 25 years

The Waterford Centre for Independent Living (WCIL) was established in 1995 and is linked to the national and international Independent Living Movement. It continues to have a hugely positive and lasting effect on people with physical disabilities, as well as their families and carers.

The first Irish centre was founded in Carmichael House, Dublin, in 1992 by a group of people with disabilities who were dissatisfied with existing services and constant disempowerment. There are now several other centres around the country, including Waterford.

The Independent Living Movement was founded in 1972 in Berkeley, California. As an organisation, it provides an advocacy role, striving to bring about a social model of service delivery and policy decisions that include input from people whose lives are directly affected.