Timeline

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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

– Booker T Washington

 

Timeline: Parity for Disability’s Day Services

1988
A formal study of services for people with disabilities in the North Hampshire/West Surrey area shows that services are needed for adults aged 18+ with multiple disabilities.


1991
The charity’s first Day Services Centre opens in Burrell Lodge on Frogmore Community Campus, Yateley, Hants. Six students attend, two days per week.


1998
The Day Services Centre now supports 13 students per day, five days a week. A second service opens at 94 Whetstone Rd, Farnborough, Hants and expands into 93 Whetstone Road in early 1999.

The Human Rights Act is passed, stating clearly that everyone has the same rights and choices, and should, therefore, be able to have the same opportunities to access services.


1999
The original service in Yateley moves to the Old Dean Youth Centre, Camberley, Surrey.


2001
The government publishes Valuing People, the New Strategy for Learning Disabilities in the 21st Century. It is intended to tackle the issues around disability and social care. However, it does not address provision for people with profound disabilities, and their needs continue to go largely unrecognised.


2004
The Camberley service in the Old Dean Youth Centre moves across the road to the main hall of St Martin’s Church.


2005
Parity for Disability launches a capital appeal to raise funds to construct its own dedicated building in Farnborough, Hants.


2007
The government publishes Putting People First, outlining a vision of enabling people to live independently and have complete choice and control in their lives.


2009
The government paper Valuing People Now acknowledges that people with profound disabilities are still overlooked by government policy.


A report by Eric Emerson, Estimating Future Numbers of Adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in England is published. We are able to roughly estimate the number of adults with multiple disabilities who might require specialised services like those of Parity: approximately 0.03% of the population.


2010
Professor Jim Mansell’s report Raising Our Sights: services for adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities highlights the importance of individualised services, properly trained staff, and issues around health care and communication. Its recommendations are completely in tune with Parity for Disability’s mission and work.

The government response to the report is that the responsibility for implementing most of the recommendations will be left with local authorities and voluntary organisations.

The Equality Act is passed, stating that public organisations such as local authorities and health trusts have to make their services accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities and their families.


2011
Parity for Disability puts on hold the capital appeal for a dedicated building, due to the economic climate.


2012
Parity for Disability’s Farnborough day service expands into 92 Whetstone Rd. The additional four spaces per day are filled within a year.

The Caring for Our Future White Paper sets out the government’s plans to promote a market of services delivering what local people need. The Department of Health launches the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ programme to help local authorities to develop the skills and expertise that are needed. Barriers exist to developing these services for people with multiple disabilities.


2014
Parity for Disability is being regularly contacted by concerned parents whose son or daughter has left, or is about to leave, further education. There is a growing waiting list.


2015
Parity for Disability opens a third day service in Mytchett, Surrey.