We try to keep this list of links to organisations involved in accessibility as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible; to add your organisation or correct an entry email firstname.lastname@example.org
The charity provides expertise on computer access for disabled adults and children, at home, at work or in the classroom, offering a full range of services including free advice and information, awareness training, individual assessment and the supply of computer equipment.
Telephone: 0800 269 545
Web Site: www.abilitynet.org.uk
Action on Hearing Loss
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) provides the information and resources that helps people identify whether they have a hearing loss. The organisation campaigns for change, provides services and training, and actively supports scientific and technological research.
Telephone: 0808 8080123
Web Site: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
ACE Centre North
Offers a range of services, including free information and advice, to support learning and communication through the use of assistive technology and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems and resources for learners with physical and communication difficulties.
Telephone: 0161 684 2333
Web Site: www.ace-north.org.uk
Advisory Committee for Disabled and Older People (DIEL)
DIEL advises OFTEL, the telecommunications regulator for the UK, on the requirements of disabled and older people.
Telephone:020 7634 8773
Web Site: www.ofcom.org.uk
Arts Dyslexia Trust
This organisation promotes understanding of visual-spatial literacy from which people, including those labeled dyslexic, learn and develop. Offers help lines and advice on schools, courses and higher education.
Telephone: 01233 811 960
Web Site: artsdyslexiatrust.org
The Association for Spinal Injury Research (ASPIRE)
ASPIRE’s national training centre offers IT courses and computer adaptations enabling people with little or no use of their hands to use computers; specifically, but not exclusively, for those with spinal cord injury.
Telephone: 020 8954 5759
Web Site: www.aspire.org.uk
Association of Disabled Professionals
The Association provides employment advice, information and support for disabled people, and their advisors or friends, via a helpline.
Telephone: 01204 431 638
Web Site: www.adp.org.uk
BT's Understanding Impairments pages provide information for people who have difficulty accessing phone and internet communications.
Web Site: http://bit.ly/1jBPOG8
British Computer Association of the Blind
A self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and users. Provides training courses and useful links.
Telephone: 0845 430 8627
Web Site: www.bcab.org.uk
British Deaf Association
Charity run by deaf people for deaf people working to ensure that deaf people using sign language have the same rights as other citizens.
Telephone: 020 7588 3520
Web Site: www.bda.org.uk
Business Disability Forum
The Business Disability Forum is the world's leading employers' organisation focused on disability as it affects business. The BFD's mission is to enable companies to become disability confident by making it easier to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers.
Telephone: 0207 403 3020
Web Site: www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk
Educational charity based in Cambridge operating across the East of England. The services Cambridge Online provides include free computer access, computer training and information, accessibility advice, website hosting and design, and consultancy.
Telephone: 01223 300407
Web Site: www.cambridgeonline.org.uk
Communication Aids for Language and Learning Centre (CALL Centre)
The organisation provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland.
Telephone: 0131 651 6235/6236
Web Site: www.callcentre.education.ed.ac.uk
Centre for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
A US educational, not-for-profit organisation that uses technology to expand opportunities for people, including those with disabilities through an approach called Universal Design for Learning.
Telephone: 001 781 245-2212
Web Site: www.cast.org
Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)
The CAE is a leading UK authority on inclusive design. The organisation aims to help secure a built environment that is usable by everyone, including disabled and older people. CAE pioneered the provision of access guidance for building designers based on collaborative research with disabled people.
Telephone: 020 7840 0125
Web Site: www.cae.org.uk
Central London Assessment Services (CLASS)
CLASS is a major provider of needs assessments and assistive IT training for UK students pursuing claims under the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).
Telephone: 08000 153 158
Web Site: www.class.org.uk
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
The Department’s special educational needs unit promotes the welfare and interests of disabled children, aims to improve the support they receive, and provides a wide range of SEN and disability advice and materials for teachers, parents and others working with children with SEN in England.
Telephone: 0870 000 2288
Web Site: www.dcsf.gov.uk
The organisation provides online information about access to public venues across the UK and Ireland. DisabledGo, which uses trained surveyors, works with over 75 local authorities, 100 education establishments and has recently launched a guide to Health.
Telephone: 0845 270 4627
Text: 07971 425213
Web Site: www.disabledgo.com
Disability Law Service
Provides free legal information and advice on disability discrimination, consumer matters, community care, education, employment and welfare benefits.
Telephone: 020 7791 9800
Web Site: www.dls.org.uk
Drake Music Project
Using specialist and adapted electronic technology, Drake enables disabled people unable to play conventional musical instruments to compose and perform their own music.
Telephone: 0207 253 9111
Web Site: www.DrakeMusicProject.com
Enabling Education Network (EENET)
Set up to establish an information-sharing network to support and promote the inclusion of marginalised groups in education world wide.
Telephone: 0161 275 3711
Web Site: www.eenet.org.uk
Database that provides information resources on assistive technologies that are designed to help those with specific disabilities work and study more effectively. The database includes product descriptions, links to manufacturers, suppliers with addresses as well as other related resources.
Web Site: www.emptech.info
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission acts not only for the disadvantaged, but for everyone in society, and can use its new enforcement powers where necessary to guarantee people’s equality. It also has a mandate to promote understanding of the Human Rights Act.
Telephone: England 0845 604 6610; Wales 0845 604 8810; Scotland 0845 604 5510
Web Site: www.equalityhumanrights.com
Foundation for the Advancement of Assistive Technology (FAST)
FAST aims to facilitate the advancement of assistive technology by liasing with research and development institutions, manufacturers, service providers and end-users.
Telephone: 0207 264 8955
Web Site: www.fastuk.org
Guild of Accessible Web Designers
GAWDS is a world-wide association of organisations and accessible web designers and developers - designed to both promote and protect standards - not technical standards - but accessible design standards.
Web Site: www.gawds.org
HumanITy is a not-for-profit consultancy, which works on a commercial basis with government, major corporations, the research sector and civil society, using the organisation’s surplus time to provide a free service to e-inclusion implementors.
Telephone: 01273 834 321
Web Site: www.humanity.org.uk
IT CAN HELP
A voluntary service which assists disabled users for whom the computer is their principal means of communication to get more out of their computers - to choose new systems, set up accessibility aids and get online.
Helpline: 0800 269545
Web Site: www.itcanhelp.org.uk
Disability care charity providing support services for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Leonard Cheshire runs Discover IT centres and Workability, a scheme to improve the employment chances of disabled people which includes IT training.
Telephone: 020 3242 0200
Web Site: www.lcdisability.org
Lewisham Association of People with Disabilities (LAPD)
Organisation that provides advice to disabled people living in the south London borough on many aspects of life including access issues.
Telephone: 07737 530583
Web Site: www.lapdonline.org.uk
Linking education and disability (LEAD) Scotland
Charity that enables physically disabled adults to access education and learning opportunities.
Telephone: 0131 228 9441
Web Site: www.lead.org.uk
Manage At Home
UK retailer of mobility aids for the elderly and disabled.
Telephone: 0800 9101864
Web Site: www.manageathome.co.uk
Works with people with a learning disability to fight discrimination. Campaigns to ensure that their rights are recognised.
Telephone: 020 7696 6952
Web Site: www.mencap.org.uk
MiFinder Is a location-based service that allows disabled people users to make new friends, date and get social support from a wide range of ethnic, religious, sexual and disability communities.
Telephone: 01273 585091 / 07919 400550
Web Site: www.mifinderapp.com
National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP)
NADP is the professional organisation for disability and support staff in further and higher education. NADP is for anyone working in the post-14 education sector and involved in the management or delivery of services for disabled students.
Telephone: 01604 497933
Web Site: www.nadp-uk.org
National Autistic Society
Charity for people with autism and their families, spearheads national and international incentives and provides a voice for autism.
Telephone: 0845 070 4004
Web Site: www.nas.org.uk
The Oyster Project is a self-help charity run by disabled people in Lewes. It provides connectivity, equipment, training and IT support to disabled people via the Lewes Community Internet.
Telephone: 01273 311417
Web Site: http://oysterproject.org.uk/
Queen Elizabeth's Foundation Disability Information Services (DISS)
Provides national disability information that is fully accessible through its database - DissBASE - now containing nearly 10,000 records of support services, products and activities specifically for disabled and elderly people. Up-to-date disability legislation, welfare benefits and relevant organisations are featured.
Telephone: 01372 841395
Web Site: 18.104.22.168/dissweb/index.aspx
A UK-wide charity that recruits managers and professionals with time to give and places them as part-time, expenses-only volunteers with voluntary organisations needing their career expertise.
Telephone: 020 7582 6543
Web Site: www.reach-online.org.uk
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR)
RADAR is a national network of disability organisations and disabled people. It represents members by relaying their opinions and concerns to policy-makers and legislators in Westminster and Whitehall, and launching campaigns to promote equality for all disabled people.
Telephone: 020 7250 3222
Web Site: www.radar.org.uk
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
National UK charity providing a wide range of information, training and IT products for blind or partially sighted people. RNIB also carries out original technology research.
Telephone: 0303 123 9999 (helpline)
Web Site: www.rnib.org.uk
Charity working with people with cerebral palsy and related disabilities. Scope carries out research into issues affecting disabled people and has joined forces with DIAL UK to provide a national advice network.
Telephone: 0808 800 3333
Web Site: www.scope.org.uk
Organisation that aims to bridge the communication gap by supplying specialist communication equipment for disabled people of all ages across the UK.
Telephone: 01691 624222
Web Site: http://www.thesequaltrust.org.uk
Charity that champions the abilities of disabled people, enabling over 60,000 people per year experiencing all types of disability to make the most of their skills, abilities and employment opportunities.
Telephone: 01225 716300
Email: via web site
Web Site: www.shaw-trust.org.uk
Charity for people with aphasia and their families to overcome the barriers they face in everyday life. Speakability offers information and support through its helpline, website and training courses, and distributes its own fact sheets, low-cost publications and videos.
Telephone: 080 8808 9572
Web Site: www.speakability.org.uk
StartHere has developed an online signposting service to help people with social welfare needs access the information and help they need quickly and easily.
Telephone: 020 8742 7722
Web Site: www.starthere.org
TAG promotes equality of access to electronic communications, including telecommunications and broadcasting, for deaf, deafened, hard-of-hearing, deafblind people and sign language users, especially in terms of function and cost.
Web Site: www.tagcomm.org.uk
Telework Association (TCA)
The Telework Association is a membership organisation providing information, advice and support to enable individuals, whether employed or self employed, to make a success of mobile, home-based and flexible ways of working.
Telephone: 0800 616008
Web Site: www.tca.org.uk
The Prince's Trust
Charity helping 14-30 year olds develop self confidence, learn new skills and move into work. The Prince’s Trust offers training, personal development opportunities, support and advice and business start up assistance. It has dedicated staff to particularly support young disabled people start up in business.
Telephone: 0800 842842
Web Site: www.princes-trust.org.uk
U Can Do IT
A charity which provides computer training for blind, deaf and disabled people in their own homes.
Telephone/Minicom: 0207 8673 3300
Web Site: www.ucandoit.org.uk
National charity that offers audio services and support for those with a visual impairment
Telephone: 01273 303 111
Web Site: www.visound.org.uk
Web Accessibility Initiative
The W3Cs Web Accessibility Initiative is a good place to learn about web accessibility. It offers a resources section, together with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Checklists.
Web Site: www.w3.org/WAI