Ability Centre has been a leading provider in the disability sector since its inception as the Spastic Welfare Association in 1951. Faced with a fear and lack of understanding of disabilities by both the medical community and the general public, a group of dedicated parents established the organisation with a commitment to improving the lives of their children with cerebral palsy (CP) and others like them. The spirit of that watershed moment has permeated through the organisations 65 year history .
Ability Centre launched as a vibrant new brand on the Western Australian disability landscape in March 2015. Formerly The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, the organisation undertook considered and widespread consultation to ensure the new name, look and feel accurately reflected the current state and future direction of the 64 year old service provider.
With approximately a third of its service users presenting with disabilities other than Cerebral Palsy, the decision was made to better align with its stakeholder profile and further cement its position as the dynamic, responsive provider it already had the reputation for. Ability Centre has diversified its service offerings and increased its geographic footprint with Hubs now open in the Northern and Southern suburbs of Perth, making life much easier for hundreds of service users and their families. Ability Centre also offers growing Country Resource Programs supporting people with disabilities right across the state, including designated support north to the Pilbara, West to Kalgoorlie and South to Bunbury, Busselton and Albany.
It’s this dedication to the long term that really sets Ability Centre apart. We have facilitated a major expansion of services to children, teenagers and adults with disabilities, and currently operate a number of other sites that provide accommodation, recreation, therapy, health, assistive technology and employment options to support our service users and prepare for future growth.