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.
Why Parity for Disability Exists
A group of pioneering parents researched, planned and set up the first of Parity for Disability´s day services in Hampshire in 1991. They wanted their sons and daughters, who had profound and multiple disabilities and who had left full-time education, to continue to enjoy a good life. A formal study of services and opportunities in the North Hants/West Surrey area had proved something that they already knew: not much was out there.
They created a place where their loved ones could continue to learn, develop, socialise, and integrate with the community, as well as attend to their physical and communication needs.
Parity’s first day service opened on October 1, 1991 in Frogmore Community Centre, Yateley. A second service opened in Whetstone Road, Farnborough on September 28, 1998. The Yateley site has since moved to St Martin’s Church, Camberley.
To address a growing waiting list, Parity opened a third day service in January 2015 in Mytchett.
People come to our services from as far away as Reading, Sunbury-on-Thames, Caversham, Theale, Englefield Green, and Twickenham.
We are regularly contacted by parents whose son or daughter is about to leave full-time education. Through contact with specialist schools for children with multiple disabilities and with parents, we know that demand exists in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire for services after school-leaving age that can provide the right level of support.