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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Communication

Takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the need for adult role models to inspire children and families. Promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring.

Address:

  • The Apex
  • 2 Sheriffs Orchard
  • Coventry
  • CV1 3PP

Offers an information service for children and adults who find using standard computer equipment and systems challenging and offers advice on adaptive computer technology. Activities include consultancy and assessment services to assist in choice and use of computer equipment at work and at home. Centres established in Warwick, Worcester, Cambridge, London, Reading and Edinburgh.

Address:

  • Unit 25 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Aims to help adults and children with communication disabilities develop their communication skills through Information Technology and to promote the wider understanding of such disabilities.

Address:

  • 3 Wesley Gate
  • Queens Road
  • Reading
  • RG1 4AP

ACE Centre has a North centre in Greater Manchester, and a South cente in Oxfordshire. They provide information and expertise in the use of technology as an aid to communication. Provides a range of services including in-depth assessments of the communication needs of individuals in education, training of professionals and parents, and research and development. Centres are involved in projects working with manufacturers of equipment by advising on the needs of children with communication issues, or developing specialised software to meet specific accessing and educational needs. They have a library of short term loan equipment and also produces publications. The North centre covers the north of England, North Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, and the South center covers the south of England, Mid-Wales, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles and the Channel Islands.

Address:

  • Hollinwood Business Centre
  • Albert Street
  • Hollinwood
  • OL8 3QL

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include: campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; Typetalk Call Relay Service (in conjunction with BT); medical and technical research.

Address:

  • 19-23 Featherstone Street
  • London
  • EC1Y 8SL

Parent-led organisation which helps children and young people with speech and language needs. Promotes understanding, acceptance and equal opportunities. Helpline open Monday and Tuesday 9.15am - 2.30pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Address:

  • 1st Floor
  • 20 Bowling Green Lane
  • London
  • EC1R 0BD

Help people with disabilities communicate more easily and effectively through technology. Provide free independent advice on assistive technology, free technical support and remote technical assistance. Run online training and training sessions.

Address:

  • Floor 2, Richmond House
  • 15 Bloom Street
  • Manchester
  • M1 3HZ

Provides practical support through projects and programmes to people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury.

Address:

  • Aspire National Training Centre
  • Wood Lane
  • Stanmore
  • HA7 4AP

Promotes improved services for children and adults with difficulties caused by neurological disease or head injury. Focuses particularly on communication and eating needs. Team consists of therapists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, who offer range of specialist services including independent assessment and consultation. Therapy based on Bobath and other concepts. Training provided for carers and professionals. Carries out collaborative and consultative work with education, social and medical services, product design, development and research.

Address:

  • Hatherton Lodge
  • Avenue Road
  • Malvern
  • WR14 3AG

Provides information and a contact point for members of the public searching for a private Speech and Language Therapist. Provides support and information for members on working as independent Speech and Language Therapists within the UK.

Address:

  • Coleheath Bottom
  • Speen
  • Princes Risborough
  • HP27 0SZ

Aims to promote understanding of the needs of people with an acquired hearing loss, whether partial or total. Works to advance the awareness of the benefits of lipreading and other communication skills in the rehabilitation of people with an acquired hearing loss. Access of information about the range of support services and environment aids is available.

Address:

  • c/o Hearing LINK
  • 27-28 The Waterfront
  • Eastbourne
  • BN23 5UZ

Enables children and adults with physical disabilities and no functional speech to communicate. Runs an enquiry information line, courses and workshops on the Blissymbol system, publishes a regular newsletter and has a committee run on a voluntary basis by professionals experienced in the field of augmentative communication. Range of publications available. Publications include over fifteen titles available, costing from 90p to £74.75.

Address:

  • 92 Windmill Road
  • Oxford
  • OX3 7DR

Self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and users. Website includes the BCAB brochure with information on its aims and objectives, its services, annual subscription and how to become a member. The Association's Constitution is also available on this site. Runs training courses for visually impaired people and the website includes details of forthcoming courses. The BCAB email list, administered at the University of Manchester, is open to BCAB members and other interested parties.

Address:

  • c/o Dawes & Sutton
  • 4 Millicent Road
  • Nottingham
  • NG2 7LD

Provides advice and information on a range of subjects such as welfare benefits, education and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Address:

  • 3rd Floor
  • 356 Holloway Road
  • London
  • N7 6PA

National charity acting as a co-ordinator for 96 independent local dyslexia associations and 130 supporting corporate members. Aims to improve awareness of dyslexia through information, education and training. Range of publications available. Helpline open Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am-12.30pm, 2-4.30pm.

Address:

  • Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches
  • Old Bracknell Lane
  • Bracknell
  • RG12 TBW

Supports communication and learning needs of children and adults who need Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology. Work with families, schools, residential homes and local community groups. Offer assessments, advice, training and ongoing support.

Address:

  • Suite 107 Ulverston Business Centre
  • 25 New Market Street
  • Ulverston
  • LA12 7LQ

National organisation concerned with the needs of people with complex communication needs. Can provide information and support on augmentative and alternative communication systems. Members include people who use augmentative and alternative communication and their families and enablers, as well as people from all disciplines that work with people who have complex communication needs. It is the UK branch of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Encourages and supports the establishment of augmentative and alternative communication user groups for both adults and children.

Address:

  • Leeds Innovation Centre
  • 103 Clarendon Road
  • Leeds
  • LS2 9DF

Self-help information and advice service run by deaf people to assist deaf people or their families. Offers personal support, face-to-face information and advice as well as telephone advice, and runs email and web based services. Breakthrough operates equipment centres and runs training programmes for self development and development of work skills.

Address:

  • First Floor, Trinity Centre
  • Key Close
  • London
  • E1 4HG

Provides training, support and education to deaf people. This includes assisting with life skills development, literacy and numeracy educational assistance, and training for Teachers of the Deaf in the use of ICT in teaching programmes.

Address:

  • Clare Charity Centre
  • Wycombe Road
  • Saunderton
  • HP14 4BF

Deafblind UK is a national charity offering specialist services and human support to deafblind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired through their lives. Their aim is to enable people living with this unique disability to maintain their independence, quality of life and to reduce the isolation that Deafblindness creates. They achieve this through campaigning, education and the provision of practical and emotional support via independent living teams, personal communicator guiding and interpreting services, rehabilitation support, adaptive equipment to assist with daily living, a volunteer befriending service and a free telephone Information and Advice Line providing information, advocacy and guidance.

Address:

  • John and Lucille van Geest Place
  • Cygnet Road
  • Peterborough
  • PE7 8FD

Design and deliver bespoke information and behaviour change campaigns to assist people with disabilities to communicate with hard-to-engage audiences. Provide support for disabled people who want to stand for election, or apply to a political party for selection as a candidate for election.

Address:

  • 16-18 Chapel Street
  • Glossop
  • SK13 8AT

Company offering computer and Internet training. Working with other organisations to get more people online.

Address:

  • 18 Hundred Acres
  • Wickham
  • Fareham
  • PO17 6JB

Works to improve the independence and levels of achievement for blind and partially sighted people of all ages, through provision of specialist or suitably adapted electronic equipment, where no statutory or personal resources are available. Applicants must be registered blind or partially sighted and may apply either directly or through Social Services.

Address:

Provides information resources on assistive technologies that are designed to help those with specific difficulties or disabilities work and study more effectively. The database includes product descriptions, links to manufacturers, suppliers with addresses as well as other related resources including advice and training guides where available.

Address:

Highland Community Care Forum works with users of Community Care Services and their carers in the Highland to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge and networks through which they can become the central influence on services which affect their lives.

Address:

  • Glen Orrin House
  • High Street
  • Dingwall
  • IV15 9TF

Aims to create a society where the special needs of children with speech and language impairments are recognised, understood and met, allowing them the same opportunities in life as other children. Run two specialist schools, four language resource centres, and a national professional development programme offering courses to professionals including speech and language therapists and teachers.

Address:

  • 31 Angel Gate (Gate 5)
  • Goswell Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Operated by AbilityNet IT Can Help is a network of volunteers who provide free local computer assistance to disabled people.

Address:

  • Unit 25 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Provide advanced training to fellow practitioners on specialist diagnosis and assessment using the DISCO framework. They also assist statutory organisations throughout the UK to develop their own diagnostic services for children and adults with autism and other social and communication disorders.

Address:

  • Elliot House
  • 113 Masons Hill
  • Bromley
  • BR2 9HT

Designs and makes equipment for children and young people with disabilities when no other solution can be found.

Address:

  • Unit 2, Eclipse Estate
  • 30 West Hill
  • Epsom
  • KT19 8JD

Provides one-off grants to older people and people with disabilities or mental health issues. Financial assistance can be provided for electrical and gas appliances, household goods, and clothing. All applications must be made by a social worker employed by the local or health authority.

Address:

  • The Percy Bilton Charity
  • Bilton House
  • London
  • W13 9NB

Charity that looks for donations of redundant IT equipment and then redistribute this to individuals, charities and community.

Address:

  • 348A Gospel Lane
  • Olton
  • Solihull
  • B27 7AJ

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; medical and technical research and care services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional needs.

Address:

  • 105 Judd Street
  • London
  • WC1H 9NE

Professional body and administrative headquarters for speech and language therapists in the UK. Responsible for the promotion and maintenance of high standards in education, clinical practice and ethical conduct of speech and language therapists. Holds a register of members and has an information department which deals with enquiries from members and the general public. Information department open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Address:

  • 2 White Hart Yard
  • London
  • SE1 1NX

Provides services, advice, support and information for deafblind people of all ages, their families and professionals in the field. Families are supported through a national network of parent's self-help groups. Runs holidays for deafblind children and adults, offers respite care, further education and rehabilitation services. Long term residential care is available in group homes for deafblind individuals throughout the UK. Works and campaigns with local authorities and other voluntary organisations to develop services for deafblind people, and to raise awareness. Produces a quarterly magazine.

Address:

  • 101 Pentoville Road
  • London
  • N1 9LG

Signalong is a sign-supporting system based on British Sign Language. Is designed to help children and adults with communication difficulties, mostly associated with learning disabilities. The Signalong Group has researched and published the widest range of signs in Britain. It also provides publications, training and advice.

Address:

  • Stratford House,
  • Waterside Court
  • Rochester
  • ME2 4NZ

Provide support, advice and literature for people with Aphasia and their families. Educate the general public about Aphasia and support those who wish to set up groups for people with Aphasia and their families. Campaigns for better services for people with Aphasia and thier carers. Run a training programme for professionals and carers. Produces various publications DVDs and newsletters.

Address:

  • 240 City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PR

Provides information about children's speech, language and communication. Designed for parents, people that work with children, and children and young people themselves. Contains information about supporting children's speech and language development.

Address:

Raises awareness, influences policy and promotes best practice on behalf of children with speech, language and communication needs. Is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary sector organisations and an advisory group.

Address:

  • 8 Wakley Street
  • London
  • EC1V 7QE

Makaton is a language programme which provides a basic means of communication and encourages language development in children and adults with communication difficulties. The programme uses speech, signs and symbols to provide a multi-modal approach to communication development. The Makaton Charity provides training to parents, carers and professionals, publishes a wide range of resources and offers a free family advisory service.

Address:

  • Westmead House
  • Farnborough
  • GU14 7LP

Aim to provide support to children and adults who are severely disabled and depend on electronic communication aids and adaptations through fundraising for such equipment. Aims to help people of all ages with speech, movement and learning difficulties.

Address:

  • 3 Ploughman's Corner
  • Wharf Road
  • Ellesmere
  • SY12 0EJ

Provide computer training for disabled people on how to use the Internet in their own homes at an affordable cost. The project arranges for qualified tutors to visit disabled people in their own homes, who check that computer equipment is up-to-date and in working order and then delivers a course of sessions.

Address:

  • 1 Taylors Yard
  • 67 Alderbrook Road
  • London
  • SW12 8AD

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