Irish Wheelchair Association

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The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is a charity in Ireland that has been working with people with physical disabilities since its foundation in 1960. It has 2,000 registered volunteers across its 32 volunteer branches.[1] The IWA’s objectives are to advocate for the rights of people with physical disabilities by influencing public policy, the provision of different services, and support to its members.

The first chairman of the Irish Wheelchair Association was Fr. Leo Close CM, a wheelchair user.

The IWA provided resource and outreach services to 2,064 people in 57 locations in 2016.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2016". Irish Wheelchair Association. p. 8. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ Murray, Allie (8 November 2017). "Irish Wheelchair Association's support is invaluable to our nine-year-old son". Evening Echo. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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