Our History

Afford has a long history of supporting people with various disabilities to live a full life. We started from humble beginnings and now we are proud providers of disability supports across NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This year we are celebrating our 65th birthday!

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Journey 1951 & 1952

Afford was first founded as The Poliomyelitis Society was founded in 1951 and incorporated in 1952

1951

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Journey 1953

In 1953, we opened our first accommodation based service, an After Care Hospital in Turramurra called ‘Cherrywood’.

1953

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Journey 1954

In 1954, we changed our name to The Poliomyelitis and Physically Handicapped Society.

1954

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Journey 1960

In 1960, we opened our first supported employment work centre in Padstow.

1960

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Journey 1967

Salk Vaccine had a dramatic effect in virtually eliminating poliomyelitis in Australia, In 1967, we changed our name to The Foundation For Disabled.

1967

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Journey 1960s

Throughout the 1960’s our Cherrywood site continued being upgraded with a pool accessible to our clients.

1960s

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Journey 1970s

1970’s – to mark the completion of the Sports Oval at Cherrywood, we hosted the first 100 mile race ever run in Australia. Our Sheltered Employment Enterprises continued to expand, hiring more people with disabilities.

1970s

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Journey 1990s

In 1990’s – we introduced our Post School Vocational Programs and Day Program offerings helping people prepare for the workplace and life skills.
Consumers were involved in creating policies and procedures which safeguarded the rights of our clients.

1990s

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Journey 2000

In 2000 – We changed our name to the Australian Foundation for Disabled and began trading under the name Afford.
Our Disability Employment Service (DES) launched and has since been ranked as the #1 DES in Australia.
We also launched our short term accommodation (respite) services.

2000

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Journey 2014

We recently transitioned into the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2014 – the greatest reform to Australian Health Care since Medicare.

2014

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Now

Since then we have been proudly servicing more and more people with disabilities and allowing their dreams to soar.

2018