In 1971, we started as the Noah’s Ark Toy Library for Handicapped Children, run by a small group of parents of children with a disability.
At the time, families were beginning to refuse to put their children with disabilities into institutional care and institutions stopped admitting young children.
This social change meant that children began to live at home, prompting the need for new education and therapy services.
Noah’s Ark co-founder Annetine Forell, a parent of a child with a disability, as well as co-founder Mary Glue, saw the need for family support. They established toy libraries for children with a disability. The service recognised the importance of play in a child’s development and provided a place for families to discuss the challenges of parenting.