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Other useful organisations
Here we have listed some other organisations who may be able to offer you help and information.
Action on Hearing Loss
19-23 Featherstone Street
Phone: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000
SMS: 0780 0000 360
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly known as RNID) offers a range of services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and provides information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.
The Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie)
Telephone: 020 7737 6030
Allfie is a national network led by disabled people to promote inclusive education for all students. It provides a range of resources and training for educators and parents.
The Association of Clinical Scientists
C/o Association of Clinical Biochemists
130-132 Tooley Street
Phone: 44(0)207 940 8960
The Association of Clinical Scientists is the professional body for clinical scientists.
The British Association of Art Therapists
24-27 White Lion Street
Phone: 44 (0)207 686 4216
Fax: 44 (0)207 837 7945
The British Association of Art Therapists is the professional body for art therapists.
The British Association of Dramatherapists
Phone: 44 (0)1242 235 515
The British Association of Dramatherapists is the professional body for dramatherapists.
The British Association for Music Therapy
24–27 White Lion Street
Phone: 44 (0)207 837 6100
The British Association for Music Therapy is the professional body for music therapists.
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
Sir James Clark Building
Abbey Mill Business Centre
Phone: 44 (0)141 561 7217
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists is the professional body for prosthetists and orthotists.
The British Association of Social Workers
16 Kent Street
Phone: 44 (0) 121 622 3911
Fax: 44 (0) 121 622 4860
The British Association of Social Workers is a professional body for social workers in the UK.
The British Dietetic Association
5th Floor, Charles House
148/9 Great Charles Street Queensway
Phone: 44 (0)121 200 8080
Fax: 44 (0)121 200 8081
The British Dietetic Association is the professional body for dietitians.
The British Dyslexia Association
Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
For general enquiries:
Phone: 0333 405 4555
For enquiries about dyslexia:
Helpline 0333 405 4567
The British Dyslexia Association is an organisation that supports people with dyslexia.
The British and Irish Orthoptic Society
Cambridge CB1 2LA
Phone: 44(0)1353 66 55 41
The British and Irish Orthoptic Society is the professional body for orthoptists.
The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Phone: 44 (0)116 254 9568
Fax: 44 (0)116 227 1314
The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.
The British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists
C/o EBS City Wharf
Fax: 0121 355 2420
The British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists is the professional body for hearing aid dispensers.
Centre for Accessible Environments
Fourth Floor, Holyer House
20-21 Red Lion Court
Telephone: 020 7822 8232
The Centre for Accessible Environments is a charity that provides advice on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled people.
The Squire Centre
33-37 University Street
Telephone: 0845 4500 275
Changing Faces is a UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements of the face or body. They offer advice, resources, and programmes to help education providers to understand and respond to the challenges facing those with disfigurements.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row
Phone: 44 (0)20 7306 6666
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional body for physiotherapists.
The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)
130 Euston Road
London, NW1 2AY
Tel: 0207 121 5414
The College of Operating Department Practitioners is the professional body for operating department practitioners.
The College of Occupational Therapists
(also known as the British Association of Occupational Therapists)
106-114 Borough High Street
Phone: 44 (0)207 357 6480
The College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapists.
The COT publishes the following documents which you may find helpful
· ‘Guidance on disability and learning’
· ‘Responsibilities of the placement provider’
The College of Paramedics
Telephone: 01278 420 014
Fax: 01278 421077
The College of Paramedics is the professional body for paramedics.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
An important source of government information for students, universities, and other education providers
Department of Education (Northern Ireland)
43 Balloo Road
Phone: 028 9127 9279
Fax: 028 9127 9100
Textphone: 18001 028 9127 9279 (for deaf and hard of hearing users only)
Disability Rights UK
49-51 East Rd
Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050 (opening hours: Tuesdays 11.30 – 13.30 and Thursdays 13.30 – 15.30)
Disability Rights UK is a charity that focuses on disability, equality, and human rights. They can provide advice to disabled students who are studying in England and answer post-16 education and training enquiries from disabled students or professionals working with disabled students. They can also support students who are studying in Wales and Scotland with general information on the Equality Act, welfare benefits and access to higher education. Also see ‘Lead Scotland’ for more information for students studying in Scotland.
Education and Library Boards
The contact details for the five Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards are on this website.
Business Disability Forum
60 Gainsford Street
Phone: 020 7403 3020
Fax: 020 7403 0404
Textphone: 020 7403 0040
The Business Disability Forum is an organisation for employers focused on the issue of disability in the workplace.
Employers for Disability Northern Ireland
Banbridge Enterprise Centre
Scarva Road Industrial Estate
Phone or textphone: 028 4062 4526
Fax: 028 4066 9665
Employers for Disability NI is a network of employers that provides advice and information for members to help them develop policies and practices that promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.
Equality Advisory Service
Freepost address: FREEPOST EQUALITY ADVISORY SUPPORT SERVICE FPN4431
Telephone: 0808 800 0082
Text phone: 0808 800 0084
The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
Equality Challenge Unit
7th floor, Queens House
55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Phone: 44 (0)207 438 1010
Fax: 44 (0)207 438 1011
The Equality Challenge Unit works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across all four nations of the UK, and in further education in Scotland.
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
7 - 9 Shaftesbury Square
Phone: 028 9050 0600
Textphone: 028 90 500589
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland publishes information about the duties of individuals and organisations under the Disability Discrimination Act. Their codes of practice are particularly useful for education providers.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission
Telephone: 020 7832 7800
Fax: 020 7832 7801
England: 0845 604 6610
Scotland: 0845 604 5510
Wales: 0845 604 8810
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across nine protected grounds including disability. They provide guidance for education providers and the rights of disabled people in education on their website including:
· Guidance on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and
· Guidance on the Human Rights Act.
Webpage on Disabled Student’s Allowances: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
Gov.uk is the UK government’s digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services and the rights of UK and Welsh citizens. There is a section on the website regarding the rights of disabled people in different situations, and includes information on how to apply for a Disabled Student’s Allowance.
Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
12 Coldbath Square
Phone: 020 7713 0214
The IBMS is the professional body for biomedical scientists.
5 Shandwick Place
Telephone: 0131 228 9441
Textphone: (18001) 0131 228 9441
Fax: 0131 229 6941
Lead Scotland, (Specialists in Linking Education and Disability), is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland. They can provide advice and support for disabled people on higher education in Scotland.
Phone: 020 8519 2122
Mind infoline: 0300 123 3393
Fax: 020 8522 1725
Mind Legal Advice Service
Phone: 0300 466 6463
3rd Floor, Quebec House
5-19 Cowbridge Road East
Telephone: 029 2039 5123
Fax: 029 2034 6585
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Their legal advice service also provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering:
· mental health;
· mental capacity;
· community care; and
· human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues.
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
Phone: 44 (0)1452 557000
Fax: 44 (0)1452 557070
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) safeguards standards and improves the quality of UK higher education by reviewing and and providing guidance to higher education institutions in the UK.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
2 White Hart Yard
Phone: 020 7378 1200
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is the professional body for speech and language therapists.
Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
105 Judd Street
Helpline: 0303 123 9999
If you or someone you know has a sight problem, the RNIB can help. The staff on their helpline can put you in touch with specialist advice services, and give you details of support groups and services in your area. They can also provide you with free information on:
· eye conditions;
· making the most of your remaining vision – magnifiers and lighting;
· registering a blind or partially sighted person;
· benefits and your rights; and
· living with sight loss.
Telephone: 0808 800 3333
Scope is a charity that supports disabled people and their families, and works to ensure high-quality education and support for young people with cerebral palsy and complex needs. Scope has produced a range of training materials to encourage inclusion in all educational settings.
Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
Telephone: 0345 377 5000
The SFA is a partner agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and is one of the successor agencies to the Learning and Skills Council. It is responsible for all government-funded post-19 education and learning.
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
1 Fellmonger's Path
Tower Bridge Road
Phone: 020 7234 8620
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is one of the professional bodies for chiropodists and podiatrists. There are several other organisations which represent registered chiropodists, and all of their details are posted on our website.
The Society and College of Radiographers
207 Providence Square
Phone: 020 7740 7200
The Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body for radiographers.
Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Phone: 44 (0)300 555 0505
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland is an agency of the Scottish Government which provides financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK.
Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Telephone: 0300 100 0607
Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Student Finance England can give you information about education in England, including copies of the leaflet ‘Bridging the gap: a guide to the Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) in higher education’. They can also give you information about funding for higher education in England.
Student Finance Wales (Cyllid Myfyrwyr Cymru)
Telephone: 0300 200 4050
Student Finance Wales can give you information about education in Wales, including copies of the leaflet ‘Bridging the gap: a guide to the Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) in higher education’. They can also give you information about funding for higher education in Wales.
Education Funding Agency
The Education Funding Agency provides financial support to young learners, funds education providers that provide education for young people aged 16-19, and supports local authorities to commission suitable education and training opportunities for this age group.
Access to Work Scheme
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:
· start working
· stay in work
· move into self-employment or start a business
Positive about Disability Scheme
The 'two ticks' positive about disability symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.