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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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Independent research facility which carries out product testing and prints results in 'Good Housekeeping' magazine. Also has product and household advice line which is open on Fridays 11am-5pm.

Address:

  • National Magazine House
  • 72 Broadwick Street
  • London
  • W1F 9EP

National independent consumer research charity. Publishes free, practical unbiased reports for older/disabled consumers based on thorough professional research. Rica carries out a range of research: mystery shopping, user assessments/tests (eg packaging, mobile phones), laboratory tests, survey research and helpline/service evaluations. Latest consumer reports available: Wheeled walking frames, riser recliner chairs, medicine boxes & dispensers. There is detailed information/advice on: Driving and car adaptations Free driving reports are available in print and online: Choosing a car, Car Controls, Getting a wheelchair into a car, Getting in an out of a car. Specific guides: Motoring after amputation, Motoring after brain injury, Motoring after a stroke, Motoring with arthritis, Motoring with cerebral palsy, Motoring with multiple sclerosis and Motoring with restricted growth. Cars measurements: which car? The Rica online œFind a Car database has key measurements on car models. Search to obtain a short list of cars that have, for example, the right height car seat, door opening to get in or out, and/or a large boot. There are over 650 cars featured and new models are added all the time. There is a detailed factsheet of each car model with the measurements and this can be downloaded or printed. Powered wheelchairs & scooters Rica has an online database of over 100 powered wheelchairs and scooters. Search on key features, measurements, accessories and the person needs. It has price information and gives advice on insurance, maintenance and where to do for independent advice.

Address:

  • Unit G03
  • The Wenlock
  • London
  • N1 7EU

Ricability is carrying out independent testing of:indoor aerials, set-top boxes, digital TVs and digital TV recorders. The results are available online.

Address:

  • Unit G03
  • The Wenlock Business Centre
  • London
  • N1 7EU

Which? magazine produces regular reports on household equipment such as microwaves, conventional ovens, toasters and kettles. Although they do not look specifically at features for people with disabilities, they compare useful features such as accessibility of controls. These reports can be viewed in a local library. Open for general and customer enquiries Mon-Fri 8.30am-8pm, and Sat 9am-1pm.

Address:

  • Castlemead, Gascoyne Way
  • Hertford
  • SG14 1LH

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