Where it all started

The beginning of Nulsen Disability Services

Commencing in 1954, we’re a for-purpose company with a rich heritage in disability services. Starting as Nulsen Haven and now operating as Nulsen Disability Services, we’ve grown and evolved to remain at the forefront of quality human services in WA.

Our journey has been one of growth, learning and going against the grain. Today, Nulsen Disability Services is one of Western Australia’s leading disability services organisations focusing on people with complex disability.

In 1954, Nulsen Disability Services started. A father speaks up for some the world forgets…

Gwen was a young mum on the edge of a breakdown. Her daughter was born with a complex disability and needed tending around the clock, which left no time to care for her other youngsters. Gwen’s health was failing. Unable to cope with placing their daughter in the Claremont Mental Hospital, her husband, Frank Anderson, approached The Daily News, hoping something could be done to help parents like themselves.

From Frank Anderson’s story, Nulsen Disability Services was born. Frank Anderson’s news story won a quick response from other parents. Within a month, the Mentally Incurable Children’s Association was formed ‘to establish a special institution to care for microcephalic children, and to ease the strain on parents’.

Celebrating 60 years at Nulsen Disability Services

We celebrated Nulsen Disability Services’ 60th anniversary in 2013. As we celebrate and reflect on the previous 60 years at Nulsen Disability Services, we look forward to the future and continue to enrich the lives of people living with complex disability.

View our 60th Anniversary reflection

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