As with most things, the birth of NBI came out of necessity.

In the late 1970s, group of parents and volunteers got together and started to care for each other’s children, all of whom had disabilities and were not able to easily access other avenues of support.

In 1982 the ‘Manly Warringah Interchange’ was founded. In 1991 we became Northern Beaches Interchange and since then we have grown and diversified and with the ongoing dedication of passionate volunteers, staff and wonderful parents, we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2012.

Known today as NBI, we remain a grass-roots organisation that is committed to the people of the Northern Beaches and surrounding suburbs.

On 1 July 2017 NBI integrated with Ability Options, and we are now members of the Ability Options Community.

Our work continues to be underpinned by our values.

Respect: We value everyone and treat everyone fairly.

Impact: We help to enhance people’s lives.

Fun: We have fun together.

Passion: We are inspired by challenges and strive for excellence.

Forward thinking: We are strong, adaptable and excited about the future.

“Dates and facts are an important part of the story of NBI but the heart of this wonderful organisation is the children and their families who benefit by participation in the many individual and group programs. That heart is cared for by the staff and volunteers who are all committed and dedicated to the children, young adults and family who comprise of the world of NBI.” Nan Bosler, OAM