Parity for Disability is dedicated to transforming lives. Without the right support, the life of a person with multiple disabilities becomes limited and lonely. Meaningful social contact, learning, achieving and experiencing the world all become impossible.
Parity’s services are there for people with multiple disabilities, their families and carers.
Anything is Possible
The Parity for Disability Mission: Excellence in the provision of services and support for people with profound and multiple disabilities and their families.
Parity for Disability is an established, award-winning local charity providing expert specialist services for people with multiple disabilities from Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and beyond.
The charity exists because when full-time education comes to an end, the support that people with multiple disabilities could count on as children declines dramatically. Their families and carers compare the experience to falling off a cliff.
Families and professionals started Parity for Disability’s first service in a scout hut over 25 years ago. Today, Parity runs three day services in Camberley, Mytchett and Farnborough, with a high ratio of trained, caring staff. At the day services, people aged 18+ (called students) develop independence, make choices, are included socially and hold onto important life skills. Their physio, speech and communication needs are overseen by qualified therapists. The regular trips out that the students choose to do would not be possible without Parity’s fleet of adapted minibuses.
The range of interactive or assistive devices at each day service includes Eyegaze eye-controlled technology.
Parity’s state-registered music therapists also work with adults and children in a variety of settings including schools and colleges, day services, residential and family homes.
Parity’s Activity Scheme for young people runs during the Easter and Summer holidays and the emphasis of the scheme is on fun, giving those over 12 with multiple disabilities the opportunity to do the sorts of things other young people take for granted.
Although we receive funding from local authorities, it does not cover all the costs of running these services. We must raise £170,000 this year and are always delighted to hear from new volunteers and supporters. We operate three charity shops, hold fundraising events, and receive donations from the community, from companies and from trusts and foundations.