about us

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.

Our Philosophy

Equality, Dignity and Rights for People with Multiple Disabilities.

From the start, Parity for Disability has been committed to a service tailored to each person’s particular needs. Everyone using Parity for Disability’s day services undertakes activities that are agreed through close consultation with themselves and their family or carer.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs was used as a basis for developing the approach. This is a well-known theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation. Maslow’s theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology.


“As a society we believe all people have a right to a basic quality of life. Consider what this means for someone with a very significant physical disability who is unable to communicate by speech and relies on a skilled person to understand their ideas and wishes. All the people who use Parity’s services have high levels of disability. If someone is not actively supporting that person they will largely be just sitting there, totally isolated and ignored rather than exploring their potential and exercising control.”

Paul Roper, Parent and Parity Chairman 1994-2012


Click to hear an interview with Alison Cooper, Executive Director.