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Disability

Agencies providing support and information

  • 3hFund: 01892 860207
    Grant Programme 01892 860219

    www.3hfund.org.uk
    A charity which makes it possible for disabled people, children and adults to have a memorable and fulfilling holiday enabling the carer to have  a break from caring. Can provide grants to families on a low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependant to have a modest holiday in the UK.

  • Able Community Care: 01603 764567
    www.uk-care.com
    Arranges live in carers for an elderly or disabled person in the UK.

  • AbilityNet
    0800 269545

    www.abilitynet.org.uk
    Helpline and a range of other services to enable disabled adults and children to use computers. Information service and assessment of IT needs for individuals at home or in the workplace. Ability Net has a project called It Can Help www.itcanhelp.org.uk which provides free computer help for disabled people. Volunteers will visit people with disabilities in their own home to help with hardware or software problems and give assistance in gaining confidence in using a computer.

  • Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
    Information Line: 0808 808 0123

    Textphone 0808 808 9000
    www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
    Information service for deaf and hard of hearing people, families and carers. Information on deafness and hearing loss, including hearing aids, education, communication, benefits, services for deaf people, tinnitus.

  • Aidis Trust: Freephone Helpline 0808 800 0009
    www.aidis.org
    The Aidis Trust specializes in assistive technology for the disabled. The aim is to help people, regardless of their disability, to gain the most from today’s computer technology. Independent charity with over 35 years of experience working with assistive computer technology. Provide Free advice and technical support to disabled people and people who support them across the UK.

  • Benefit Enquiry Line:
    ww.direct.gov.uk/disability-money
    Information relating to benefits for people with disabilities

  • Break: 01263 822161 
    www.break-charity.org
    Holidays, short breaks, respite care, for people with learning disabilities and children with special needs.

  • Canine Partners: 08456 580480
    www.caninepartners.co.uk
    Assists people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and better quality of life through the help of specially trained assistance dogs.

  • Contact A Family: 0808 808 3555
    www.cafamily.org.uk
    Helpline and other support for families caring for children with disabilities or special needs. Range of factsheets and information packs covering issues such as benefits, special educational needs and health. Maintains national/regional databases of parent support groups.

  • Disability Law Service:
    020 7791 9800
    www.dls.org.uk
    Legal advice helpline for disabled people, their families and carers.

  • Disability Rights UK:
    020 7250 3222
    (general enquiries)
    www.disabilityrightsuk.org
    Promoting meaningful independent living for disabled people.
    Disability Rights UK also runs:
    Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050
    Independent Living Advice Line 0845 026 4748

  • Disabled Parents Network:
    07817 300103
    www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk
    Organisation of disabled people who are parents or hope to become parents.

  • Disabled Living Foundation:
    0300 999 0004
    www.dlf.org.uk
    National information service and helpline on equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities. Equipment demonstration centre. Publishes directory of equipment, a series of daily living guides and specialist resource packs.

  • Dogs for the Disabled: 01295 252600
    www.dogsforthedisabled.org
    To provide trained dogs to help persons with disabilities (other than registered blind or deaf).

  • English Federation of Disability Sport:
    01509 227750
    www.efds.co.uk
    To promote the mainstreaming of disability sport where appropriate. To act as a first stop shop for information and advice on all aspects of disability sports.

  • Equality & Human Rights Commission - Equality Advisory Support Service:
    0808 800 0082

    www.equalityhumanrights.com
    Helpline providing information and advice to disabled people and employers about rights and duties under the Disability Discrimination Act. Can arrange legal advice and conciliation to help resolve disputes. Takes enforcement action against non compliance with the Act.

  • Gardening for the Disabled Trust:
    www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk
    Or write for details - PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 9JD.
    To provide appropriate assistance and practical and financial help to disabled people wishing to take an active part in gardening. Grants made to help with the design of special gardens. Information, advice and assistance to disabled gardeners living in their own homes or in small sheltered units, encourages disabled gardeners to exchange plants and seeds and share experiences.

  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy:
    www.halliwick.org.uk
    To encourage and promote and teach swimming to disabled people of all ages and all disabilities using a specialist technique known as the Halliwick method. Maintaining contact amongst over 200 affiliated local clubs.

  • Happy Days Children’s Charity 01582 755999
    www.happydayscharity.org 
    Provides holidays and day trips for children with special needs.

  • Independent Living Fund: 0845 6018815
    www.ilf.org.uk

    National resource dedicated to the financial support of disabled people to enable them to choose to live in the community rather than in residential care.

  • Life Train: 01372 360875
    email info@lifetrain.org.uk
    www.lifetrain.org.uk
    Focuses on the development of young people and disabled people, training and courses to help develop life skills and residential centre.

  • Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline:
    07074 993527

    www.outsiders.org.uk
    Outsiders is a safe community of people across the UK who share a wide range of physical and social disabilities. Many are looking to change their lives around, make new friends, enjoy life to the full and find partners. Club membership costs £27.50 per year or £14 if not working. Please see website for full details.
    Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline: 07770 884985

  • Peter le Marchant Trust:  01509 265590
    www.peterlemarchanttrust.co.uk
    Provides trips and holidays on special boats for physically disabled children and adults on the inland waterways.

  • Pets As Therapy:
    01844 345 445

    www.petsastherapy.org
    Provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues.

  • PHAB: 020 8667 9443
    email info@phab.org.uk
    www.phab.org.uk
    Via a network of clubs across the country Phab promotes and encourages people with and without disabilities to come together on equal term to achieve complete integration within the wider community. Over 260 clubs enjoy a wide range of activities and holidays.

  • Queen Elizabeth Fund for Disabled people: 01372 841100
    www.qefd.org
    Provides rehabilitation, convalescence, holidays and other needs and general welfare of disabled people.

  • Riding for the Disabled Association: 0845 658 1082
    www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk
    To provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or carriage drive to benefit the health and well being.

  • Scope:
    0808 800 3333

    www.scope.org.uk
    Telephone and other information services on all aspects of disability.

  • Seeing Dogs Alliance:
    www.seeingdogs.org.uk
    Provides professionally reared dogs to anyone wanting to achieve or maintain personal mobility while remaining truly independent.

  • Sex and Disability Helpline: (run by Outsiders)
    07074 993527

    To discuss concerns relating to sex/relationships and disability.

  • Short Breaks Network:
    01749 689259
    www.shortbreaksnetwork.org.uk 
    Short break schemes link disabled children with families and individuals who can provide them with short term care on a regular basis. This can be anything from an evening a week to a weekend a month. Most children who use the service have a learning difficulty although they may have a physical disability, complex health care needs or a sensory impairment.
  • Skill - National Bureau for Students with Disabilities: 0800 328 5050
    www.skill.org.uk
    Helpline offering information and advice on disability issues in post-16 education. Issues covered include applying to further and higher education, financial assistance while studying, examination arrangements, disclosing disability, looking for work, benefits and community services for students with disabilities.

  • Update: 0131 669 1600 (Area served Scotland)
    www.update.org.uk
    Scotland's national disability information service, including telephone advice. Information on local and specialist support and advice agencies in Scotland.

  • Vitalise: 0303 303 0145
    www.vitalise.org.uk
    Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) for disabled people, visually impaired people and their carers.

  • You Can Do It
    020 8673 3300

    www.ucandoit.org.uk
    National service which teaches blind, deaf and disabled people how to use computers with a particular focus on internet and email skills. Teach learners in their own homes on their own computers.

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