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There is a growing amount of information on the Caithness Community Web Site but no site can have everything.  We are putting links to other sites and within this site where we think information on certain topics or issues can be found.  We welcome suggestions for links to useful information for local people so let us know of any good ones.

Disabled Workers Cooperative

Essential Aids
A shop with a large number of aids for disabilities , medical problems and much more.

The Family Fund
To help families caring at home for a severely disabled child under age 16. Help offered if household income is less than £23,000 and savings of less than £8,000
Grants must be related to caring for the child such as -
Clothing and bedding, Driving lessons, Outings, Transport Expenses, Appliances like tumble dryers and fridge freezers.

Capability Scotland
The new web site offers a range of information and a chat room for children and young people with disabilities.

Many links for disability information are in our Community Care Links
Many Caithness Health and Welfare groups have information and links to more.
See also Health Check for many other resources.

Supporting Disabled Children And Their Families in Scotland
An overview of current policies affecting disabled children and their families in Scotland

Wheel Chair Travel

Disability Rights Commission  
Helpline 08457 622633 Textphone 08457 622644

Heather MacDonald's Online Magazine for Disabled Women

Disability Rights Commission Newsletter January 05

Time To Get Equal
It's not in the dictionary, but you'll find disablism everywhere.
The Time to Get Equal campaign challenges disablism across the UK.

7 July 04
A revolutionary new product that takes much of the effort out of reaching from or propelling a wheelchair is officially launched on Friday 9th July 2004 at the Scottish Mobility Roadshow in Edinburgh.  The Bodypoint Hip Grip is an innovative and dynamic pelvic stabilisation device from the United States that helps the wheelchair user to maintain stability, whilst allowing the pelvis to move freely. The Hip Grip has taken over five years to develop and is the result of a 36-month, 23-user clinical trial.

23 May 04
Are You Disabled  - Visiting Inverness?
Need A Motorised Scooter Or Wheelchair
Shopmobility Highland used to be in the Eastgate precinct.
They have now relocated to Level 2 in the Falcon Gallery Car Park.
The Charity have motorised scooters and wheelchairs which are loaned out at no charge between 9.30 and 4.45 Monday to Saturday.   Registration is quick and you get a card with the Inverness and Dingwall phone numbers.
Inverness - 01463 717624
Dingwall - 01349 866040
There are plenty of disabled bays in the car park next to their office.  If you need any help ask when you ring to book equipment and it can be brought to your car. On foot - Use the lift at the Falcon Square end of the food gallery, turn right when you get out at level 2 and you will find a very helpful set of people.
Donations accepted.

3 November 03
Open 4 All - Deadline For Businesses 1 October 2004
The Disability Rights Commission is currently running the Open4All Campaign, a major campaign to raise awareness of new duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). The duties come into force in October 2004 and will affect anyone who provides a service to the public.
By 1st October, 2004, every business, large or small – from the local shop to restaurants, health clubs, dentists and supermarkets – will need to become more user-friendly to Britain’s 8.6 million disabled people.
But with one year to go, a national NOP survey for the DRC has stark news for business - over 70% of disabled people find it difficult to get into shops or use services offered on the high street.
The legislation, introduced under the Disability Discrimination Act, will affect over 2 million British businesses. Failure to act could result in legal action.
The law means that businesses will need to make changes – such as adapting premises, removing physical barriers or providing the service another way – so that disabled people can use the service.

23 October 03
Higher Education Disability Guide Published On Anniversary Of Disability Law
Skill's annual publication 'Into Higher Education has just been
published, one year on from the establishment of the first legal rights for disabled students...

4 September 03
New Driving Test
From now on, new Driving Test candidates will have to show that they can
check oil, water and brake fluid levels. How will this affect those
candidates who are physically unable to do so?

Caithness Disabled Swimming Club
Thurso Pool Every Wednesday 6.00pm
Hydraulic Lift and Sloping Wide Stair entry
Non swimmers to expert, Trainers available
Children to Adult
Ken Melhuish 01847 892640  Jim Crossan 01847 892370

Your Able
Information, products and services for disabled people

29 January 2002
Shops And Service Providers Planning Notice

Disability Rights Commission

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Full Text

Able To Go
Abletogo, the website that brings Hotels, Motels, Guest Houses, Self Catering, Caravans and Holiday Centres to those with mobility difficulties. If you, or a member of your family, are disabled or elderly, or simply have difficulty getting about


SAiF Scottish Accessible Information Forum
An organisation promoting the best use and dissemination of information for people with a disability can be contacted
by post -
c/o Scottish Consumer Council
Royal Exchange
100 Queen Street
G1 3DN
By phone -
0141 226 5261 (voice)
0141 226 8459 (text)

By fax
0141 221 0731
By email

by Internet

All SAIF material is available in Braille, larger print on tape or disk.
A newsletter is also issued.

British Council of Disabled People The national organisation representing groups run by and for disabled people.

Disability Now Online version of the monthly disability news magazine.

youreable.com  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.

Disability Alliance The Alliance was set up in 1974. Our principal aim is to relieve the poverty and improve the living standards of disabled people.

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 advice centres.

disabilityWORLD.com  Established 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 disabled.

Disability Benefits For Information on Benefits, Charities, Mobility Equipment, Vehicle Dealerships, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Hotels suitable for people with disabilities, plus much, much more 

Disability Search Details and links for all types of mobility and disability information including a products area.

Disability Studies Texts of classic disability studies literature, including many that are not easily available elsewhere. Part of Leeds University's Centre for Disability Studies.

Disabled Go 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.

Flying Tool Box Information and advice for disabled people about tried and trusted domestic and appliance repair services in their area.

Abilitynet 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.

Scottish Human Services
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 technology. 

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)
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 People (DIEL)
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 releases.

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 disabled people.

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.

Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their carers and families.

Arthritis Care
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 communication service.

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 disabled people.

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 organisations.

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 century.

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
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
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.

Charity Commission
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
Common Knowledge is a programme to build and support inclusion within Glasgow for adults with a learning difficulty through lifelong learning initiatives.

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
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 professionals.

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) Mobility Unit
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 Tribunal Service.

Diabetes UK
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
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.

Disability Net
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.

Disability Scotland
The national representative voice of the disability equality movement in Scotland.

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 site.
A register of access consultants is maintained by the CaE.

Disability Now
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.

Disability Studies
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.

Disability UK
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 syndrome.

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.

Employment Service
(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
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 North East.

A charity created to raise awareness of emerging technologies for disabled people.

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.

Hearing Concern
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 societies.

Industrial Society
Independent, non-profit making campaigning society that aims to improve working life.

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' sections.

Inland Revenue
Inland Revenue site. Advice and Information on UK taxation issues.

Into Work
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
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 links.

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 policy.

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
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 issues.

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 network.

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.

Quango website
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 disabilities.

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 groups.

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 DRC helpline 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 today..

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.

Shaw Trust
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 their carers.

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
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 health problems.

A voluntary sector consortium creating optimum equality of access and opportunity for disabled people through work experience, training and employment.

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 disabled people.

Yorkshire Residential School for the Deaf
An international school for deaf people providing post-16 education and training for deaf and hearing-impaired students.

Update - A New service for Information Providers 

Everybody - Disability Airline & Hotel Directory

Disability Discrimination Act   www.disability.gov.uk  

Disability Now - Over 300 links - biggest in UK

For Disabled Students & Jobseekers

See Employment Gateway

Listing of over 2000 films dealing with disabilities

Holidays & Respite Care for physically disabled adults is available at the
  Winged Fellowship.
Volunteers are always wanted to help with the holidays.  Free board and travel available.
Young people will learn a great deal here.

Social Integration - Council of Europe site with many links.

Education & Disabilities


Disability Information Clearing House

Disability Net

Disability Persons Housing Service - Lothians

National Disability Arts Forum lots of links around the world

See Also 
Community Care

Equal Opportunities
Health Links
Mental Health

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