Mission and Vision

Our Mission

CIDP will pursue it’s mission by working in partnership with Deaf people, with their organisations, and with public bodies charged with responsibility for providing services for and access to Deaf people.


We will pursue our this mission through our values:

We in CIDP are committed to upholding the highest professional and ethical standards in the delivery of services and the governance of the organisation. We will operate with trust, respect and honesty towards those we serve and with integrity and transparency in everything we do. We will be an inclusive organisation that pursues social justice and equality for all Deaf people we support.

    In partnership with other Deaf organisations, empower and support enablement of appropriate structures to deliver needed services to the Deaf community. Enable our service users and the wider Deaf Community to have access to pastoral and social support through the National Chaplaincy for Deaf people.
    Empower and support Deaf education services to prepare and equip our students for a life of equal opportunities leading by example whilst promoting Deaf awareness.
    Empower adults we support with the appropriate skills to live self directed lives.
    Be innovative in better utilising property resources at our disposal to provide greater support for the Deaf community at key life stages.
    Invest appropriately in our staff to support them in the successful delivery of all our services.

The Deaf Community

is defined as a group of people who share a visual perception of the world, a common cultural and social experience and use a common language.
This includes people who are Deaf, their families and hearing people who share the above experiences and understanding.
A Deaf person is someone who is either Deaf or Hard of Hearing and considers themselves to be part of the Deaf Community.



Our Vision
We strive to serve the interests of people with diverse Deaf identities who are members of the Deaf Community.

Our vision behind the strategic plan is that by 2020 CIDP we will have achieved :
  • The Deaf Community having ownership of their own affairs and the leadership role in promoting and representing the interests of Deaf people
  • The establishment of Deaf Village Ireland as an independent, self-funding and self-sustaining organisation, governed by its constituent organisations and independent of CIDP
  • The education of Deaf children will be officially acknowledged as requiring a range of educational interventions appropriate for Deaf children’s educational achievement on a par with their hearing peers.
  • The amalgamated School for Deaf Children will be in place and recognised as a centre of educational excellence, offering a distinctive, challenging and supportive educational experience for Deaf children that enables them to progress with confidence towards the achievement of their full potential
  • The parents of Deaf children will have access to timely and comprehensive information, professional advice and support in relation to the decision options available to them in relation to their child’s language acquisition, communication, social skills, and learning and development


  • That vulnerable Deaf people of all ages who require a supportive living environment will have access to the services they require in an environment appropriate to their distinctive needs and circumstances, including independent living options, community support and residential care
  • That the National Chaplaincy will be nationwide in scope and will be supported by adequate resources and a network of lay chaplains in offering a comprehensive pastoral care service for Deaf people
  • That there will be a high level of public awareness of the Deaf Community and Deaf issues, and public policies will reflect that awareness by giving the necessary priority and funding to support the rights and needs of all Deaf people
  • That Deaf people, of all ages, whether they live in Dublin or around the country, will be able to feel part of and to interact fully with the Deaf Community, and with the wider society
  • That CIDP’s mission will continue to be focused on working with, facilitating and enabling the Deaf Community and Deaf people generally to achieve equality of access and opportunity in all aspects of their lives
  • It will have withdrawn from a direct operational role in provision of services (once the Deaf Community and their organisations are enabled to take on this role); and will be pursuing its mission as a facilitator and enabler of the Deaf Community and organisations representing Deaf people’s interests to work together in a spirit of co-operation and partnership, and influencing public policy



The core values on which our mission and vision are based are :
  •  Our core values are derived from our Christian ethos in the context of the ideals espoused by the Roman Catholic Church
  • We have respect for other denominations and our services are available to people of all denominations
  • The core ethos of our organisation is based on the message of the gospels to bring the kingdom of God to the Deaf Community and to all Deaf people by caring for each other and reflecting on our development by prayer and participation in the sacraments





The enablement and empowerment of the Deaf Community and of all Deaf people, and facilitating them to meet their full potential, is the focus of our plans and work.







  • We strive to serve the interests of people with diverse Deaf identities who are members of the Deaf Community
  • We are fully committed to working in partnership with the Deaf Community, with people of diverse Deaf identities, with other organisations representing the interests of Deaf people, and with public sector bodies in representing and serving the interests of all Deaf people
  • We promote the highest professional and ethical standards and strive for excellence in all areas of activity in serving the interests of Deaf people