Blanchardstown Center for Independent Living was set up in 1994 to support People with disabilities in the Dublin 15 area. Our ethos is to ensure the centre is owned and operated by people with disabilities and there is always a majortity of people with disabilities on the Board.
Since it was established the population of the area has more than doubled to over 100,000 people and naturally, the number of disabled people has grown proportionally. The services have not followed into the community at the same pace and so the needs of disabled people in the community have never been greater.
We aim to ensure that Disabled people can live full and active lives in the community and participate in all aspects of society.
Blanchardstown CIL continues to be an organisation run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities and has promoted Independent Living since its incorporation in 1994.
The services pioneered, promoted and supported by BCIL enable people with disabilities to live independently, in many cases this is the difference between that person living at home and actively participating in their community rather than living in an institutional setting. Apart from the obvious social benefits research shows that this results in significant economic savings for the state.
Blanchardstown CIL is a user-led organisation which provides a clear insight in to the most practical and useful supports and services required by its members. All Blanchardstown services are developed based in collaboration with members and are peer lead in nature.
ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENT LIVING – CHOICES, RIGHTS, EMPOWERMENT AND CONTROL – WE IN ALL OUR DIVERSITY WILL WORK IN SOLIDARITY TO REALISE JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND RESPECT ACROSS THE WHOLE
SPECTRUM OF THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.