Parents of people with high and complex disabilities come together - the Handicap Council was formed
The history of Hartley
Hartley Lifecare Incorporated has a strong history with disability support services in the ACT. Hartley Lifecare was established in 1962 to support children and young adults living with a physical disability, to help them maximise their life potential.
Originally formed to provide a learning facility and therapy support service at The Canberra Hospital, we quickly grew to meet the growing needs of the many children with disabilities and their families through a residential and respite service. Hartley forged ahead providing a range of much-needed services that were at the time, not available elsewhere in the ACT.
Our first facility, known as Hartley House, was located in the inner-north suburb of O’Connor. In 1984, a complex of three purpose-built houses known as Hartley Court, were completed to meet the growing demand of supported accommodation services. Today Hartley Court, located in Hughes, provides 24-hour centre based specialised accommodation and long-and short-term respite care in a ‘home-away-from-home’ environment.
Families learned they could rely on Hartley Lifecare and our disability services. We have subsequently expanded again and now operate a number of residential facilities in the ACT including a house in Fisher designed to support people with an acquired brain injury. More recently we have integrated the National Brain Injury Foundation (NBIF) with Hartley Lifecare.
Our main office located in Pearce was opened on 3 November 2011 and includes a purpose built Assistive Technology Centre and Training facilities. This facility provides a more efficient working environment for staff and volunteers that will greatly assist our operations and support for people with disabilities into the future. Our training rooms are available to other members of the community for hire.
Name changed to ACT Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Association
Registration of Children & Adults Physically Incapacitated Association Inc
Amalgamated with ACT Spastic Centre Council & Crippled Childrens Society
Registration of name ACT Society for Crippled Children Inc
Hartley Street Centre school opens as part of Turner primary school, purpose built centre with a therapy pool, offering education, physio and occupational therapy
Name changed to ACT Society for Physically Handicapped Children Inc
Queen of Canberra Quest starts as new fundraising event
Hartley House established in O’Connor
Hartley Court opens in Hughes
Commencement of Hartley Hall Markets
Kent Street house established as an administration office
Change of name to Hartley Lifecare and change in strategic direction
First Cycle Challenge event
2010 Hartley takes on the support for five houses
Outreach program started
Assistive Technology Program started
Hartley opens a new facility to support people with Acquired Brain Injury
New administration office established in Pearce
Increase in respite support
Hartley becomes part of the Intentional Community
Integration of National Brain Injury Foundation into Hartley Lifecare
Transition of houses from Disability ACT
- 9 Houses
- 35 new clients
Pinkerton Street house opens
Successful transition of all nine Disability ACT houses to Hartley Lifecare
Today Hartley provides support to 76 individuals in 36 homes across Canberra. We also provide respite care to families by providing short term overnight support to over 100 people with disability.