British Council of Disabled People
The national organisation representing groups run by
and for disabled people.
Online version of
the monthly disability news magazine.
Information, products and services for disabled
people. Formerly Disability Net.
National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL)
This website is designed to be a resource on
independent living and Direct Payments for disabled people and others
working in the field.
The Alliance was set up in 1974. Our principal aim is
to relieve the poverty and improve the living standards of disabled
Dial UK A
national organisation for a network of 140 local disability information
and advice services run by and for disabled people. Last year DIALs helped
over a quarter of a million disabled people. Contains details of local
in 1999 by William and Don McQueen. We have been working since then to
setup a comprehensive directory of information and web sites for the
Disability Benefits For
Information on Benefits, Charities, Mobility Equipment, Vehicle
Dealerships, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Hotels suitable for people with
disabilities, plus much, much more
Details and links for all types of mobility and disability
information including a products area.
Texts of classic disability studies literature,
including many that are not easily available elsewhere. Part of Leeds
University's Centre for Disability Studies.
Provides information on access to public facilities
such as shops, cinemas, pubs and clubs, initially only in the London
Borough of Croydon, but ultimately across the United Kingdom.
Box Information and advice for disabled people about
tried and trusted domestic and appliance repair services in their area.
Provides advice and training for disabled people on specialist computing
equipment such as one-handed keyboards and keyboards designed to be used
with a headstick.
Lots of information and reports about services and how to access them
USA site, run by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research, that contains information about a wide range of assistive
A charity that brings the benefits of computer technology to adults and
children with disabilities at home and at work. Formed by an amalgamation
of The Computability Centre and the Foundation for Communication for the
Disabled. It offers a programme of courses and seminars, an assessment
service, and consultancy.
Action for Blind People
A UK charity that aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to
enjoy equal opportunities in every aspect of their lives through work,
leisure, housing and support.
Action on Elder Abuse
AEA is a national UK charity which provides information, training, a
confidential helpline, etc. on elder abuse.
Advisory Committee for Disabled People in Employment and Training
ACDET is an Advisory Non Departmental Government Public Body established
to advise the Government on securing equality of participation in
employment, self-employment, careers advice and training opportunities for
disabled people, in particular those who experience most difficulty in
obtaining work. In addition it advises the Government on areas for
research and provides independent advice on the effectiveness of DfEE
funded provision for disabled people.
Advisory Committee on Telecommunications for Disabled and Elderly
DIEL is an independent advisory committee established by Act of Parliament
to advise OFTEL, the telecommunications industry regulator, on the
particular interests and needs of consumers who happen to be either
elderly or disabled, or both.
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
ACAS provides advice and information on employment legislation, good
practice and procedures in employee relations. The ACAS website has
information from its own range of publications plus contact details for
regional offices and enquiry lines. You can also browse their latest press
Age Concern England (ACE)
Age Concern promotes the well-being of all older people to help make later
life fulfilling and enjoyable.
Alliance of Disability Advice and Information Providers (ADAIP)
ADAIP is a broad alliance of organisations providing information and
advice to disabled people who aim to support and encourage the development
of disability advice and/or information services to meet the needs of
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Group
ADR Group is a specialist mediation provider and commercial dispute
resolution service, helping to resolve disputes without the need to resort
to the courts.
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for
people with dementia, their carers and families.
Arthritis Care is the UK's largest voluntary organisation working with and
for all people with arthritis from every section of the community. Its
mission is to empower people to take control of their arthritis, their
lives and their organisation. The site includes local contact groups.
Disabled people providing a disability access information service for
London. We develop and encourage access for disabled people at theatres,
cinemas, galleries, museums, clubs, comedy and music venues. We have a
Youth and Multicultural projects, conduct access audits and provide
equality training. Our Music project is Attitude is Everything and that
also sums us up!
Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Provides detailed information about the conditions spina bifida and
hydrocephalus; includes links to related organisations.
Association of British Insurers (ABI)
The ABI offers consumer advice and information on a wide range of
insurances, including motor, holiday, home and contents, health, medical,
life and pensions. There are also copies of news releases, briefing
material, representations and position papers.
Association of Independent Advice Centres (AIAC)
The AIAC is an umbrella organisation that exists to support, promote and
develop independent advice centres throughout Northern Ireland.
Association of Lipspeakers
The Association of Lipspeakers (ALS) is the professional body that
represents lipspeakers. Their aim is to promote lipspeaking and its good
practice and encourage the further development of lipspeaking as a
Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA)
ATLA is the professional association for teachers of lipreading to adults
who become deaf or hard of hearing. The site contains information about
lipreading classes and training to become a lipreading teacher.
Breakthrough Deaf/Hearing Integration
Breakthrough encourages integration between deaf and hearing people of all
ages through training, social activities, contact groups and practical
projects and programmes.
British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)
BATOD is an association representing the interests of teachers of hearing
impaired children and young people in the UK. The site includes
information on regional groups.
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
The BCC is the national voice for local business, representing the views
of Approved Chambers and their members to policymakers in UK and European
Government. In partnership with Approved Chambers, the BCC also provides a
range of business benefits and international trade services.
British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB)
BCAB is a self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and
users who can help visually impaired people to access and use information
and communications technology.
British Council of Organisations of Disabled People (BCODP)
National umbrella organisation comprising 120 full member organisations of
British Deaf Association (BDA)
The BDA aims to develop pride, identity and awareness of the rights and
responsibilities of deaf people.
British Diabetic Association (BDA)
Specialist advice and information on all aspects of diabetes, including
links to other relevant organisations.
British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
Provides direct support and information to people with dyslexia, their
families, colleagues and employers and includes links to national
British Epilepsy Association (BEA)
BEA is one of the largest epilepsy membership organisations in the world,
whose aim is to raise awareness of epilepsy.
British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)
BILD is a charity committed to improving the quality of life of people
with a learning disability. It provides services that promote good
practice in the provision and planning of health and social care services
for people with learning disabilities.
British Polio Fellowship
The British Polio Fellowship (BPF) is a registered charity with over 8000
members. It was one of the first organisations of disabled people and it
has acted as a voice for people who have had polio for over half a
British Stammering Association (BSA)
Provides information for employers and employees about stammering.
Businesslink is the national network of advice centres for businesses
great and small. It provides fact sheets and Businesslink bulletins, plus
surveys and press reviews.
CanDo Information Service
National service based at Lancaster University which provides employment
and careers advice for disabled students and graduates via the Internet.
Capability Scotland, Scotland's largest disability organisation, provides
a range of accommodation for disabled people and information and advice on
many aspects of living with a disability.
Centre for Accessible Environments
This is a UK charity, and is the information and training body on the
accessibility of the built environment for disabled people. It is
committed to the provision of buildings and spaces that are safe,
convenient and enjoyable to use by everyone, including disabled and older
people and, as the centre of excellence on the technicalities of access
provision, offers a range of services including consultancy.
Changing Faces is a national organisation that supports and represents
children, young people and adults who have disfigurements. It also offers
training, consultancy and resources to help employers and customer-facing
staff to ensure equal opportunities in the workplace.
The Charity Commission is here to give the public confidence in the
integrity of charities in England and Wales. We are a UK Government
department responsible to the Courts for our decisions and to the Home
Secretary for the way we use our resources.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
A library and information service for people seeking professional advice
on personnel management and training.
Choices and Rights
Choices and Rights website.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)
The Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux provides advice and
practical support on a range of subjects, including disability.
Commission for Racial Equality
The Commission for Racial Equality works in partnership with individuals
and organisations for a fair and just society which values diversity and
gives everyone an equal chance to work, learn and live free from
discrimination, prejudice and racism.
Common Knowledge is a programme to build and support inclusion within
Glasgow for adults with a learning difficulty through lifelong learning
Computer Centre for People with Disabilities
The University of Westminster site that supports the needs of disabled
students within the University, a major provider of 'Needs Assessments'
and specialist IT training for UK students pursuing claims under the
Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).
Community Legal Service
Community Legal Service Directory.
Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP)
The CACDP aims to improve communication between deaf and hearing people by
the development of curricula and examinations in communication skills.
Deaf@x aims to improve the quality of deaf, deafblind, speech-impaired and
hearing children and adults' lives by developing their communication
skills, literacy and employability using technology and other methods.
Deafblind UK is a national charity which provides a range of support
services to deafblind adults and their carers.
Deafblind UK (Scottish Office)
Scottish branch of Deafblind UK.
A source of information, contacts and discussion on issues related to
deafness and sign language, with a forum for exchange of ideas/experiences
to foster better links between deaf and hearing worlds, for families and
Deaf Sports Promotions
Deaf Sports Promotions is a UK and Ireland deaf sports Internet media
organisation aimed at promoting deaf sports throughout UK and Ireland.
Department for Education and Employment (DfEE)
The site has information relating to disability, the DDA and employment.
It includes a search facility to find documents relating to a particular
topic and a site index that enables you to find out about publications
relating to associated Government legislation, and to view summaries and
guides to some of these.
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
This site includes information on the DDA, as well as the Disabled Persons
Transport Advisory Committee.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Site includes information on employment rights, ACAS and the Employment
Diabetes UK is the new name of the British Diabetic Association - the
leading charity working for people with diabetes, funding research,
campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
A lifestyle web site for people with an interest in disability issues
within the UK.
Disability Alliance site.
Disability and Carer Benefits Directorate
The Disability & Carer Benefits Directorate is part of the Benefits
Agency, responsible for the administration of disability-related benefits
and services. This link provides details of your local office.
Disability Information Services (DISS)
Diss is a disability information service. They give free, confidential and
impartial information on anything to do with living with disabilities.
Disability and Information Systems in Higher Education (DISinHE)
The DISinHE site offers information and advice on how information systems
can be used to support staff and students with disabilities, and includes
reports and materials, applications and procedures for supporting studies.
Internet based news and information service for disabled people and those
with an interest in disability issues.
Disabled Information and Advice Line (DIAL)
Information and Advice for Disabled People: DIAL UK is the national
organisation for the DIAL network, which provides services to disability
information and advice providers.
Disabled Living Centres Council (DLCC)
DLCC member centres aim to enable disabled people to find practical
solutions to difficulties in managing the tasks of daily life.
Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
Advice on equipment and aids for disabled people.
The national representative voice of the disability equality movement in
Diversity Directory Network
A bi-annual directory listing around 100 consultants and trainers in equal
opportunities and diversity.
DfEE site on disability-related Government initiatives.
The Disability Consultancy
A link to a potential provider of consultancy aimed at helping companies
and organisations meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination
Act (1995). It is part of the RNIB.
A variety of such consultancies will be listed in our new publication
DX25, which will shortly be available from the DRC Helpline and this web
A register of access consultants is
maintained by the CaE.
Website of Disability Now newspaper for those with an interest in
disability; it includes news and features.
Disability Rights Task Force
Information about the workings of the Disability Rights Task Force.
The DRU is a research unit within the Department of Sociology and Social
Policy at the University of Leeds. The DRU is widely regarded as an
international leader in the field of disability studies.
Provides a gateway to information on disability related products,
charities, information, benefits and health, with links to other sites.
Doncaster College for the Deaf
An international college for deaf people providing post-16 education and
training for deaf and hearing-impaired students.
Down’s Syndrome Association
Advice, support, literature and information about people with Down’s
Dyslexia Institute (DI)
A national educational charity which provides assessment and tuition for
dyslexic people and training courses for specialist teachers. The Dyslexia
Institute has 25 main teaching Centres throughout Great Britain.
Employers’ Forum on Disability
National employers’ membership organisation focused on training and
employment of people with disabilities. Has contact information on
consultants and trainers active in this field.
(contact via the nearest Jobcentre)
Can provide assistance via Disability Service Teams (DSTs) and Disability
Employment Advisers (DEAs) in recruitment, accessibility, equipment and
workstation design, and training.
A Web site resource which is designed to assist Tourism sector
organisations maximise employment opportunities for disabled people.
Equality North West
Equality North West supports People and Organisations to mainstream Equal
Opportunities in practical ways.
A website dedicated to spreading information about epilepsy and seizures
to people dealing with neurologic disorders and their families.
Equality Direct is an England wide telephone advice service and supporting
website for business, offering authoritative, confidential and
down-to-earth advice about equality issues. The service will help
businesses identify the costs and benefits of options and give very
practical advice on how to go about putting policies into practice.
Equal Opportunities Commission
Our vision is for a society and an economy that enables women and men to
fulfill their potential and have their contributions to work and home life
equally valued and respected, free from assumptions based on their sex. We
want a society that guarantees equality for women and for men.
European Disability Forum
European Disability Forum website.
Fair Play North East
Fair Play North East is a not for profit organisation promoting equal
opportunities through strategy and delivery of initiatives across the
A charity created to raise awareness of emerging technologies for disabled
A trade union catering for those in the civil service and public services.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The FSB represents the interests of the self-employed and small businesses
and aims to promote and further the interests of these throughout the UK.
Focus on Disability
A site with lots of general information and links for disabled people and
carers in the UK.
Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH)
The Association pursues aims related to the health, social welfare, and
attainment of social justice for people with mental health problems and
their carers in the Glasgow area.
The Government’s open.gov site, which provides an entry point to UK public
sector information on the Internet.
GLAD - Greater London Action on Disability
GLAD is a pan-London organisation that campaigns for the rights of
disabled Londoners and provides advice, information and training.
Headway - the National Head Injuries Association Limited
Brain injury association that promotes public awareness of all aspects of
head injury and provides information, support and services to people with
head injuries and the people around them. Lists local groups and branches.
Information about hearing loss and the ways its impact can be lessened.
An alliance of housing agencies and voluntary organisations of and for
disabled people. The site provides links to other housing groups and
Independent, non-profit making campaigning society that aims to improve
Info4local is a new portal site that provides topical information relevant
to local authorities from central government. It has many useful
facilities, for example, detailed 'Social Inclusion' and 'Employment'
Inland Revenue site. Advice and Information on UK taxation issues.
Group who build partnerships to promote the development of opportunities
for real employment and relevant training for people with disabilities in
the Edinburgh and Lothian areas of Scotland.
John Grooms is a national charity working with disabled people providing
residential care, a brain rehabilitation service, training and holidays.
Joint Committee on Human Rights links page
The Joint Committee on Human Rights Select Committee has a page of useful
JMU Access Partnership
JMU Access Partnership is a pan disability Access Consultancy jointly
supported by the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Guide Dogs
for the Blind Association. We aim to help enable people with serious sight
problems and other disabilities lead full and independent lives through
improving access to the built environment. We are a multi-disciplinary
team drawn from all areas of the design and construction industries. Our
services include design appraisals and consultancy, access auditing,
training, publications, research and policy activities.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is the UK's largest independent social
policy research and development charity. It supports a wide programme of
research and development projects in housing, social care and social
Law Centres Federation (LCF)
LCF encourages the development of publicly funded legal services and acts
as a co-ordinating body and voice for law centres.
Leonard Cheshire is a leading charity provider of care and support to
people with disabilities, both in the UK and in more than 50 countries
around the world. In the UK today Leonard Cheshire provides 140 services,
supporting nearly 15,000 disabled people. Leonard Cheshire has links with
a wide range of constituencies of disabled people and disability
organisations. It is a founding member of the Voluntary Organisations
Disability Group (VODG). It is also a member of the Disabilities Charities
Consortium, the Disability Benefits Consortium and the National Community
Care Alliance - all actively promoting rights for disabled people.
Life and Death Organisation
Holocaust survivors poetry set to music by The Life And Death Orchestra on
the CD 'Songs For The Betrayed World'
Making Connections Unit
A Scottish disability connections and information site.
Mencap works with children and adults with a learning disability and their
families and carers to improve their lives and opportunities. The website
was designed following extensive consultation with people with learning
difficulties regarding accessibility.
Mental Health Foundation
A UK charity concerned with improving the lives of people with mental
health problems and learning disabilities.
Mental Health Media
Media and mental health information relating to the public understanding
of mental health and learning disability.
A mental health charity that campaigns for a better life for everyone
experiencing mental distress. Mind works for the right to lead an active
and valued life in the community and is an influential voice on mental
health issues, and can provide training in mental health awareness. The
site includes information on regional associations.
Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Motor Neurone Disease Association support people living with MND,
raises funds for research and local support and raises awareness through
education and local action
Muscular Dystrophy Group
Raises awareness of the many different types of muscular dystrophy by
research, conferences, seminars and literature.
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB)
The bureaux provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice
on a range of subjects. The site provides access to CAB service evidence
and recommendations for reform across a wide range of social policy
National Autistic Society
The UK's foremost charity for people with autism/Asperger syndrome and
those who care for them.
National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)
The only UK charity since 1944 solely dedicated to supporting and
campaigning on behalf of all deaf children, young deaf people and their
families. The site includes regional network information.
National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC)
The National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), comprises
appropriately qualified and experienced access consultants and auditors
who have demonstrated their experience in access matters to the
satisfaction of the Register's Admissions Panel.
National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF)
Supporting and spreading a greater understanding of experiences of people
with mental illness. The site includes information on regional groups.
National Society for Epilepsy (NSE)
Advice and information on all aspects of epilepsy.
Northern Ireland Equality Commission
The DRC's remit does not extend to Northern Ireland. However, the Equality
Commission for Northern Ireland can help and advise on discrimination
matters in the province.
The Nystagmus Network
This provides support for those with nystagmus, and the parents and
teachers of children with nystagmus, and has information on the nystagmus
The Oaklea Trust
The Oaklea Trust is an organisation with charitiable status which provides
dedicated services to people with disabilities. They offer a range of
services from residential care to employment and leisure activities
On-Line Information Service (TOUCAN)
A non-profit co-operative which works in the area of research and
development. providing technical assistance, management, training and
development for organisations within the European Union and in the
developing world. The focus of the activity is work with people
experiencing social exclusion, and innovative actions and developments
that offer opportunities for economic and social integration. Their
project On-Line Information on Employment and Training for Disabled People
produces a newsletter which is available on the project site.
Opportunities for People with Disabilities
A free service to employers and people with disabilities who are looking
for work; it includes details of regional offices.
This site contains information on public bodies, public appointments as
well as other general information. It is hoped that publication of this
link will help raise awareness of public appointments among disabled
people and so increase their representation in such bodies.
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Provides information on specialised centres which aim to be part of
leading UK disabled service providers.
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA)
An on-line recruitment bulletin for disabled people.
Information on the employment of severely disabled people.
An organisation providing research and information for consumers with
Repetitive Strain Injury Association (RSIA)
A national support group for people with RSI.
The Rowan Organisation
The Rowan Organisation is a registered, non for profit organisation that
provides support and services to disabled people centred around
independent living, helping people to set their own aims and objectives to
plan for their future. They assist disabled people to take control of
their lives by managing their own support arrangements with funding from
Social Services to meet their agreed needs.
Royal Association for Disability And Rehabilitation (RADAR)
A UK organisation run by and working for disabled people. RADAR campaigns
for equal rights for disabled people and provides information and advice
on issues relating to disability. The site lists disability contact
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
RNIB is the leading charity working for blind and partially sighted people
throughout the UK, with over 60 different services to help people at all
stages of their lives. The site has links to the VISAGE employers’
website, which has extensive information on employment issues including
available technology and workplace integration. Also links to regional
groups and organisations.
Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People is Britain's leading charity
working with deaf people. The site provides a range of information and
links to related parts of the organisation such as Sound Advantage, which
can advise on equipment, and has links to regional offices and groups.
RNID also provides a consultancy service including an access audit.
Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults (MENCAP)
Britain's leading charity working for and with people with learning
disabilities and their families. MENCAP promotes training and recruitment
of people with learning difficulties, and has a particular focus on
supporting employees and employers through the PATHWAY scheme.
SCOPE exists to support people with cerebral palsy and their parents and
carers and aims to offer people the tools needed to live independently.
Scottish Association for Mental Health
SAMH aspires to be the leading provider of best practice services in
communities throughout Scotland for people with mental health and related
difficulties and to be the major strategic influencer in their field.
Scottish Equality Awareness Trainers in Disability (S.E.A.T.I.D.)
Link to potential providers of Disability Equality Awareness Training.
(For more details about procuring Disability Training, contact the
and ask for leaflet DX25).
This site is part of a research project examining the provision of
Disability Awareness Training online. The site belongs to the Self
Direction Community Project, a disability led and run charity based in
Cornwall. Your assistance is appreciated in leaving feedback which will be
used to ensure the site remains one of the more accessible websites online
SENSE is the world's largest organisation working with and campaigning for
deafblind people, their families and professionals who work with them. The
site has links to regional services.
The Shaw Trust enables a wide range of people with disabilities to achieve
their work potential by supporting them in jobs, training and work related
activities. The Trust works closely with employers to develop
opportunities through supported employment, work experience and training.
Sickle Cell Society
Help and support to people affected by sickle cell, promoting greater
awareness of the effects they experience.
Skill promotes opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of
disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK. It
also provides individual support to disabled people, their
families/enablers or people working with disabled people by offering an
information service by phone, minicom or letter, and by publishing books,
booklets and information leaflets.
Speakability (Action for Dysphasic Adults)
A UK charity dedicated to supporting people with dysphasia (aphasia) and
sportscotland is the national agency dedicated to promoting sporting
opportunities for all Scots at all levels, whatever their interest and
ability. It has a
section devoted to its links with Scottish Disability Sport as well as
containing a page of links to other disability sport links, many of which
will be of interest to people outside Scotland.
Subtitles @ your local cinema
Information service for hearing impaired people. Subtitles @ your local
cinema organise and publicise subtitled cinema screenings.
The Terrence Higgins Trust
The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity.
Thrive is the national charity that promotes the use of gardening and
horticulture for employment and training, therapy and health. Supporting a
network of specialist projects that run programmes of horticultural
activity; providing expert advice on gardening specifically for disabled
and older people; researching and promoting the benefits horticulture can
bring to disadvantaged, disabled and older people.
Through the Roof
Through the Roof aims to equip churches to be inclusive of disabled people
in all their activities. In particular we advise churches on the
implications for them of the Disability Discrimination Act and seek to
provide resources to enable churches to meet the requirements of the Act.
To this end we provide written resources and training.
Trades Union Congress (TUC)
The TUC supports disabled people in their right to employment.
United Response's mission is to encourage individuals with learning
disabilities or mental health problems to plan for and take control of
their lives in the community.
WELDIS is an on-line information resource on services in Westminster, and
throughout the UK for older people, people with disabilities, or mental
A voluntary sector consortium creating optimum equality of access and
opportunity for disabled people through work experience, training and
This site provides details of all Employment Service vacancies nationwide,
and links these to learning opportunities and careers information.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) accessibility site focuses on issues
and developments relating to implementing accessibility on the Web for
Yorkshire Residential School for the Deaf
An international school for deaf people providing post-16 education and
training for deaf and hearing-impaired students.