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Diverse Abilities Plus is an independent local Dorset not for profit organisation supporting the needs of children, young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities. Disabilities that ...

Diverse Abilities Plus is an independent local Dorset not for profit organisation supporting the needs of children, young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities. Disabilities that are often complex and profound.
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    50 years of Diverse Abilities Plus 50 years of Diverse Abilities Plus Presentation Transcript

    • Marilyn Edwards
      Marilyn was born in 1948.
      It took 2 years to diagnose her disability.
      “Put her away she will only be a cabbage,” her mum was told.
    • The Journey Begins
      After pressure from specialists and the lack of support Mrs Edward reluctantly had to take their advice and in 1954 Marilyn went away to a large institution near Southampton.
    • 50 Years of Diverse Abilities Plus
      Mrs Edwards placed an Advert in the Echo – “I am trying to trace parents of spastic children who live in the area, with the idea of forming a parent group. Anyone who is interested would they please write to me”.
      Mrs P.J Edwards
    • The First Meeting
      The second advert produced 9 replies
      30 people attended the first meeting and the society was born
    • Bournemouth & District Group National Spastics Society
      Within two months officials and committee appointed
      Primary aim was the establishment of a day centre for spastic children
      May 1955
    • Stafford Road
      February 23rd 1956 the Rest Centre was opened
      Physio and speech therapists were employed
      Open on Monday to Thursday with running costs of £12 per week!
    • Stafford Road Rest Centre
    • Next step – Langside Centre
      On Feb 23rd 1959 the construction of Langside Centre started
      The Centre opened on the 31st Oct 1959 and cost £5000
      Day Special School for 15 children
    • Langside School today – 30+ pupils
    • Langside School
    • Langside – Adventure Playground
    • Next step - Edward House
      1972 construction begins
      March 18th 1974 the first residents were admitted and accommodated 16 adults.
    • Edward House – first residents
    • Edward House
    • Edward House – opening of extension (yes, that’s Matt Munro!)
    • 1983 Friends of Edward House formed. Main aims:
      Fundraising / Jumble Sales
      Social Evenings
      Christmas Dinner
    • Ensbury Park – more children’s services
      May 1989 a bungalow was purchased
      Providing respite care for children.
    • Barnabas – Adult Day Opportunities
      1992 St Barnabas site was purchased in Alderney
      September 1994
      Day Opportunities opened.
    • Barnabas
    • Smithers Short Term Breaks
      1995 Children's respite transferred to 17 Manor Avenue.
    • Soft Play Area – purchased with MG1020 donations
    • Name Change
      May 1997 renamed to:
      Dorset Scope
      With a new strap-line
      Breaking Disability Barriers
      Exploring New Horizons
    • Supported Living
      With the closure of residential homes beginning in 2002 the first people moved into their own home.
      With £1.6m of charity funds invested in the project.
    • Happy in my own home – quote “I can’t believe it!”
    • Happy in my own home – after 78 years of institutional care…..
    • Shapes – Domiciliary Service
      A further development to Children’s Services
      ‘Shapes’ Domiciliary Service opens in 2005 providing support in children’s own homes.
    • 15th April 2010
      Change from Dorset Scope to Diverse Abilities Plus
      A change to acknowledge the diverse range of people that we are able to support and the diverse range of services that we are able to offer.
    • The Founding Edwards Family