The Spastic Centres of South Australia or SCOSA was the new name given to the South Australian Spastic Paralysis Welfare Association Inc in 1983. It continued to run the Woodville Spastic Centre and other related services for people with disabilities. In the 1990s SCOSA and the Crippled Children's Association (CCA) worked together to remove duplication of services. In 1993 SCOSA established two independent organisations, the Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (CARA) and Community Access Services (CAS). All therapy and equipment manufacturing services were transferred to the CCA and CARA took charge of all accommodation services. SCOSA continued to operate as a fundraising body for CARA and CSA. In 2019 SCOSA merged with Novita Children's Services, and continued to provide disability services under the Novita name.
1948 - 1983 South Australian Spastic Paralysis Welfare Association
1983 - 2019 Spastic Centres of South Australia, SCOSA
Sources used to compile this entry: 'DIRC - Timeline 1900-1999', in History of Disability in South Australia, Disability Information and Resource Centre Inc, 2007, http://web.archive.org/web/20140223025317/http://history.dircsa.org.au/1900-1999/timeline-1900-1999/; 'History - Community Accommodation and Respoite Agency', in CARA, CARA Inc, 2014, http://web.archive.org/web/20160405004933/http://www.cara.org.au/about_us/history; 'History of SCOSA', Novita (formerly Spastic Centres of South Australia Inc), 2014, https://www.novita.org.au/history-of-scosa/.
Prepared by: Gary George
Created: 5 May 2014, Last modified: 19 December 2022