Compaid was founded in 1986 by Lorna Ridgway MBE, who recognised the enormous potential of personal computers to increase the communication and creative opportunities for those who were living with disability.

Following a pilot scheme with disabled people at a local residential home in Tunbridge Wells, she decided to set up a specialist centre that offered a variety of training and opportunities based around computers, specialist software and accessing devices. Transport services, initially to bring clients to the centre, soon followed, along with payroll support for disabled people who directly employed their own personal carers.

A photo of Lorna Ridgway, founder of Compaid   Compaid in the early days

Lorna died in 1994, but her vision of disabled people empowered to overcome barriers in society remains at the heart of our charity.