A good idea always arises from one's own experience. In 1965, a group of parents of children with intellectual disabilities came together to defend their children's rights. With the aim of making them visible and fighting for their full integration, the Manresa Association of Parents of Gifted Children was born, which in 2010 became the AMPANS Foundation.
A group of parents of children with intellectual disabilities create the association AMPANS. That same year, the first classroom for pupils with special educational needs was set up in Manresa.
It adopts as its logo the drawing of a child on an easel (1970) by the Manresa illustrator Miquel Esparbé.
The La Llum school is founded, which later changes its name to Jeroni de Moragas Special Education School. It is a pioneering center that paves the way for a new educational model and a new social sensitivity. The school grew year after year and had to undergo renovations and expansions in order to accommodate all the requests.
AMPANS receives its first donation: a printing press that will be the beginning of AMPANS workshops and employment insertion.
The couple Julio Payàs and Rosa Puigarnau give the Santa Maria de Comabella estate to AMPANS while still alive.
One of AMPANS' most legendary and emblematic campaigns begins, the collection of bottles and paper, which was held every first Sunday after Epiphany. Thousands of volunteer participants joined the campaign during its 25-year duration, and it was one of the entity's main sources of funding, as well as the most important awareness-raising campaign of the time.
The Sol d'Amor gathering is held in Comabella, bringing together 30,000 people, with the aim of raising funds for the move and start-up of the facility. The estate's capacity allowed for a qualitative leap in care and represented a before and after for AMPANS.
The first homes are opened, located on Zamenhof Street. A pioneering service and an example of integration into neighborhood life. Before the opening of the homes, AMPANS officials went to visit the neighbors in the area and explained the project to them, which was very well received by individuals and the Carretera de Santpedor Neighborhood Association.
The Sant Rafael Esplai is founded, a leisure activities space to facilitate the necessary leisure time for children and young people.
The Manipulated section is launched (currently Industry Services), a service that offers companies the possibility of carrying out any part of the production process that involves manipulation of the product.
The Julio Payàs Residence for people with high dependency is launched in Comabella. A public facility with which the entity completes attention in the life cycle of people with intellectual disabilities.
This year, AMPANS also began its Cleaning Section.
AMPANS promotes the creation of the Santa Maria de Comabella Private Trust Foundation.
The Floriplant gardening center (now Garden AMPANS) is inaugurated, one of the emblems of job integration.
The collection of bottles and paper, one of the main sources of funding and a great volunteer movement, comes to an end. Once this initiative is finished, and seeing the opportunity to create a service that AMPANS could offer as a Special Employment Center, a professionalized waste collection service is born.
A new AMPANS logo is created to renew the image to a more modern one, symbolizing a stroke of blue and green.
A new service is launched: the La Llum Occupational Center, which provides support to individuals through programs and activities that facilitate a connection with the environment and an active role in society.
AMPANS begins selective collection and waste management.
The Program for Support of Autonomy at Home is created, which aims to give people access to independent and normalized lifestyles as much as possible.
The Els Comtals residence for 30 adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders is inaugurated.
The Home and Residence Service for children and adolescents is launched with the opening of a flat on Alcalde Armengou Street in Manresa.
The couple formed by Joan Vila and Dolors Isern donates the 120-hectare Urpina estate in Sant Salvador de Guardiola to AMPANS while they are still alive. Today, the estate houses a residence for 25 people with intellectual disabilities, vineyards, a cheesemaker, and a goat farm.
Announcement of the 1st Research Award on intellectual disability and developmental disorders.
The Canonge Restaurant is inaugurated in Manresa, a new opportunity for job integration.
The children and adolescents' home and residence service continues to grow, now with La Caseta, in Pineda de Bages (Sant Fruitós de Bages).
The Turó, a new home for children and adolescents with disabilities and developmental disorders, is inaugurated in Pineda de Bages.
The Association is transformed into the AMPANS Foundation by unanimous decision of the members' assembly, with the aim of giving the organization greater social accreditation and greater guarantee and patrimonial security. The La Colònia homes in Súria and Urpina in Sant Salvador de Guardiola are opened.
The 1st state congress on behavior disorders is celebrated.
The entity publishes the first Solidarity Calendar in which the emergency response teams in Bages and the students of the Jeroni de Moragas School of AMPANS are the protagonists. Profits are used to expand the scholarship program for families of people with intellectual disabilities.
The organization receives the EFQM 400+ seal of the European Excellence Model. In 2015, it will receive the accreditation in excellence for its management model with the EFQM 500+ seal.
AMPANS celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new logo created by the users.
Also, this year, the goat farm and cheese factory of Urpina are launched.
The New Opportunities Center (CNO) is inaugurated, a program aimed at young people who have dropped out of school prematurely and do not have any academic or professional certification.
AMPANS receives the Gold Medal of the City of Manresa for Civic Merit.
The Human Network, an aerial spectacle starring the people of AMPANS at the Sant Domènec Square in Manresa, is celebrated in collaboration with La Fura dels Baus. It marks the end of the events for the 50th anniversary of the organization.
That same year, a second residence for young people with behavioral disorders is inaugurated in Comtals.
The first supermarket in Catalonia with a staff composed entirely of people with disabilities, a franchise of AMPANS with Caprabo, opens in Manresa.
The Pinet, a new facility of the Residential Homes Service for Children and Adolescents in Pineda de Bages (Sant Fruitós de Bages), is launched.
That same year, the deployment of the new Occupational Service model begins to bring it closer to municipal centers.
The Comabella packaging workshops are relocated to a new industrial warehouse in the Els Dolors Industrial Park in Manresa.
The deployment of the new Occupational Center model continues with a facility in the Les Bases neighborhood of Manresa. At the Art of Living Occupational Center, people with intellectual disabilities work on empowerment through artistic creation.
The second AMPANS supermarket with Caprabo opens on Pompeu Fabra street in Manresa.
The Insert Prize is created, which promotes cinematographic and audiovisual creation by people with intellectual disabilities.
Efforts focus on addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.
We promote the digital transformation of the organization's services.
The EFQM 500+ excellence seal is revalidated for the third consecutive time.
Inauguration of the Els Companys children and youth residential school in Sant Fruitós de Bages.
We promote La Plural, an online project for purchasing food products with social and environmental values.
Inauguration of two new Occupational Centers in Sant Fruitós de Bages and Sant Vicenç de Castellet, with 24 and 30 places respectively.