Established in 1984, Community Living for the Disabled Incorporated provided long-term accommodation and support for young adults who had reached a stage where their ‘real’ options had narrowed to either Living at home with parents, inappropriate placement in limited support accommodation services, or improper institutional placement.
The service at that time consisted of one house and two units, providing accommodation support for five adult individuals with varying levels of physical and intellectual capability.
The organisation has expanded its services over the years with the addition of other houses and units. In early 2009, it underwent a name change to more closely reflect our core business, becoming disAbility Living Inc (DLi). In 2011 the organisation moved into providing Transition and Respite Care for adults.
Currently, we provide support to over 320 clients across 12 sites, employing more than 270 support staff. Along with this, we have our respite services for children and young adults.
2019-2020 marked a significant year in our journey, merging with Interchange SA. Interchange and disAbility Living’s merger made a natural fit, synergising two person-centred innovators with similar culture and vision under the same roof. Our clients now have access to more services and a vast array of specialists to complement their existing service types.
In 2020 the addition of our DESS Hub, an innovative state of the art, client-driven Therapy Centre has enabled our Developmental Educators to fulfil their mandate of providing a holistic approach to client support.