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The following is a list of sources of help and information that you might find useful.

ACCESS  Cartoon image of a wheelchair user going up a ramp

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Access Keys – Access Keys checks websites and offers awards based on how accessible and easy to use they are. http://www.accesskeys.org/

ABLEize – is the largest and most viewed UK disability resource directory. It offers the largest collection of disability, mobility and health websites and social media pages in the UK and Europe. ABLEize was born out of the frustration of its founder, a disabled wheelchair user following poor Internet search results and is now the most comprehensive directory of disability and health care information and products on the Internet.
http://www.ableize.com/

About Access – About Access provides a variety of services concerned with accessibility for Disabled People.

http://www.aboutaccess.co.uk/

Centre for Accessible Environments – The leading authority and resource in the UK on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled and older people.

http://www.cae.org.uk/

Inclusion.me – Inclusion.me is a disability consultation and Occupational Therapy service provider offering high-quality, cost-effective OT, access and independence solutions to both the public and private sectors. http://www.inclusion.me.uk/

The Nationwide Access Register has a searchable database of access information for tourist sites, hotels, public toilets, pubs and restaurants and lots more http://www.directenquiries.com/

Service Call – ServiceCall is a system designed to make it easier for a person with limited mobility to use petrol stations, banks, supermarkets, shops and many other services. http://www.service-call.net/

 

ADVOCACY  Picture of a Disabled Person with a list of rights

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Advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties

Choices Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the East Hants, Havant, Fareham and Gosport, Eastleigh and Romsey, and New Forest districts.

Contact: Choices Advocacy Eastleigh and New Forest on 023 8078 3715 or Choices Advocacy Havant, Fareham, Gosport & East Hampshire on 01329 232236 www.choices-advocacy.org.uk

Just Advocacy provide advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties in Hart and Rushmoor. You can contact them on 01276 28515

www.justadvocacy.org

Speakeasy Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the Basingstoke, Andover and Test Valley, and Winchester districts. You can contact them on: 01256 332795

www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk

Advocacy for People with Mental Health Conditions

Solent Mind provides an advocacy service for People with Mental Health Conditions. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk

Advocacy for Disabled Children

Advocacy for Disabled Children is provided by Speakeasy Advocacy. You can contact them on: 01256 332795 or via their web site www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk

Other Advocacy Services

Hampshire Advocacy (HARG) http://www.hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/ provide Care Act Advocacy to all user groups in Hampshire. Care Act Advocacy is available to people who – Have a substantial difficulty in being fully involved in Local Authority processes  AND Where there is no-one appropriate and available to support and represent their wishes. You can contact HARG on 023 8078 3715 or email to hello@hampshireadvocacy.org.uk

Note: For people with Mental Health Conditions, this service is provided through Solent Mind. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk

You can download a leaflet about the Care Act Advocacy service here: hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/AdvocacyCareActleaflet.pdf

 

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Disability Rights UK have a range of factsheets on benefits and tax credits.

http://www.radar.org.uk/how-we-can-help/benefits-information-disabled-people-and-advice-workers

United Response have produced a range of free guides providing basic explanations for all things finance and money related. http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/making-money-easier

These are aimed at People with Learning Difficulties, but would be equally useful to anyone who finds finance confusing. There are six separate booklets which you can download individually here:

Choosing & Opening A Bank Account

Using A Bank Account

Your Money – Your Home

Your Money – Your Insurance

Explaining Some Of The Words Used In Banking

Moving On and Planning Ahead

Help with dealing with debt

If you live in the Southampton area, you can contact our Advocacy service for help with debt issues. Other organisations that offer free help and advice include:

Step Change national debt charity

National Debt Helpline

Citizens Advice

 

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE Cartoon image of a disabled boy sitting in a wheelchairld

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Contact a family is a national charity supporting the families of disabled children. http://www.cafamily.org.uk/what-we-do/

Community Buddies for Young Disabled People and Children is part of Hampshire County Councils short breaks programme. Anybody who is aged 7 – 19 can access the scheme. It was designed after feedback from parents, which showed that many young people wanted the opportunity to access facilities in the community but were unable to go on their own. By going with a buddy many young people are now able to visit and access places and facilities they were not previously able to. Many of the young people currently using the scheme are going with their buddy to town, cinema, parks, bowling or simply going out for a meal. You can get more information by emailing buddies@greenbuttercup.org or calling 01794 515 726.

The Activity Buddy Scheme works to increase the participation of disabled children and young people within sport, recreation and leisure settings. Activity Providers match disabled people with a volunteer providing 1:1 support for the duration of the activity. It does not cost anything to have a Buddy, you simply pay for the activity you are participating in, such as a football class or gym session. Activity buddies are available directly from the venue and will need to be pre-booked. You can find out more about activity buddies in your area here: http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Activity_Buddy_Scheme

The Family Fund Trust provides grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and family breaks. http://www.familyfund.org.uk

Local support services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. From September 2014 every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.

You can download an information leaflet with details of the Local Offer in the South East here:

 

COMMUNICATION SUPPORT Picture of two hands making a sign language symbol

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The Action on Hearing Loss website has practical information about communication for Deaf and hearing impaired people. including British Sign Language.

http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/your-hearing/ways-of-communicating/

Deaf Positives Action are a User Led Organisation run by Deaf People and can provide British Sign Language interpreters for individuals or groups. http://deafpositivesaction.org/

Next Generation Text (NGT) provide a Text Relay service for people who have difficulty communicating on the telephone. The service works on smartphones, tablets, or computers and allows you to type what you want to say to an NGT relay assistant who will speak your words to the person you’re calling, and then type their reply so you can read it on your display.

http://ngts.org.uk/

 

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Abilitynet – Helps adults and children with disabilities use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/

Adobe Accessibility – Has information and free downloads on making adobe products, such as pdf files more accessible. Also has an online pdf converter. http://www.adobe.com/accessibility.html

The BBC My web my way web site has a range of information, factsheets and ‘how to’ guides on using the internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

Diversity and Ability (DnA) is a social enterprise designed and led by, and for, Neurodiverse and Disabled learners in education and the work place and provides a range of Assistive Technology (AT), Information Technology (IT) and mentoring services across South and South East England. www.dnamatters.co.uk

Microsoft Windows has a range of accessibility features that users can set up on their own computers or tablets. You can get more information on how to do this from the Microsoft web site here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/what-accessibility-features-windows-offer#1TC=windows-7

Text to Speech readers enable users to hear what is on the computer screen. They are particularly useful for people with visual impairments using the internet. Some of the popular screen readers include:

CRIME & POLICING Cartoon image of a Policeman stopping two people from fighting

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Hampshire Police website http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/

Hampshire Police on Facebook

Hampshire Police on Twitter

Look up your local Police Station http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact-us/police-stations

Hate Crime – advice from Hampshire Police

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/hate-crime

Hate Crime – advice from the Disability Hate Crime Network http://www.dhcn.info/

Hate Crime – advice from Disability Rights UK http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/publications/lets-stop-disability-hate-crime-guidance

Hate Crime – advice from Mencap for People with Learning Difficulties (in Easy Read)

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Information%20about%20hate%20crime.pdf

Report a Hate Crime or incident http://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime

Help for victims of crime – if you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, you can get help from Victim Support. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. See more at:

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

You can also contact the local Hampshire and Isle of Wight Victim Support team on 0845 3899 528 or by email to: shorehamvcu@victimsupport.org.uk

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ACE Education – A new organisation that provides independent advice and information for parents on education issues in England. High quality training and consultancy services covering education law and guidance are provided to a wide range of education professionals.

www.ace-ed.org.uk/

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. http://www.cast.org/

Disability Rights UK have produced a guide on Further Education that aims to answer common questions such as whether colleges will be accessible to disabled students, how to choose a course and what support will be available.

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/IntoFE2015.pdf

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are paid on top of your other student finance. They help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. They don’t have to be repaid. As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition; mental health condition; or a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia). https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Natspec is a membership association for Specialist Colleges. Their colleges give young people with a learning difficulty or disability the chance to become more independent and to learn in an exciting environment with personal support. Natspec believes that a place at a specialist college should always be an option that is available to young people and their parents. http://www.natspec.org.uk/

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is the  national voice for lifelong learning. They are a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.

http://www.niace.org.uk/

Tutorhunt is a completely free service, and makes it simple for students to search for all the tutors within their local area. http://www.tutorhunt.com/

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting Disabled People, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/ 

 

EQUIPMENT Picture of communication aids and computer equipment

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Alpine HC Mobility Equipment supply a wide range of mobility aids and care equipment. They deliver and install into people’s homes right across the UK

https://alpinehc.co.uk

Assist UK leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Each centre includes a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment and get information and advice from professional staff about what might suit them best.

http://www.assist-uk.org/

Clearwell Mobility provides mobility equipment and theirweb site has a range of useful buyers guides to help with choosing equipment. http://www.clearwellmobility.co.uk

The Disability Equipment Service is a free national website for buying and selling new and used disability equipment. http://www.disabilityequipmentservice.co.uk

The Disabled Living Supplier Directory lists companies and organisations who supply equipment, products or services. There is a new interactive house feature online. The house is simple and easy to use, click on a room and then find a list of equipment that would be used within that room. For more information contact Disabled Living on 0161 607 8200 or email: info@disableliving.co.uk.

http://www.disabledliving.co.uk/Supplier-Directory

Diversity and Ability (DnA) is a social enterprise designed and led by, and for, Neurodiverse and Disabled learners in education and the work place and provides a range of Assistive Technology (AT), Information Technology (IT) and mentoring services across South and South East England. www.dnamatters.co.uk

Ricability carries out consumer research for Older and Disabled People. Their web site has useful reviews of different types of equipment. http://www.ricability.org.uk

 

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Carers in Southampton is a new service for anyone who gives up their time, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who needs additional support. http://carersinsouthampton.co.uk/

CarersTogether support people who give their time, unpaid, to support relatives and friends – living anywhere in Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth. We offer a variety of services including; advocacy, help with filling in benefit forms, a personal support service in the home, planning for emergencies and applying for Direct Payments. http://www.carerstogether.org.uk/index.php

Hampshire County Council Adult Social Care services http://www3.hants.gov.uk/adult-services.html

Independent Lives provides support and advice for people with Direct Payments in Hampshire http://www.independentlives.org/direct-payments

Personal Health Budgets guide from the Department of Health

http://www.nhs.uk/choiceinthenhs/yourchoices/personal-health-budgets/documents/understanding-phb-2013.pdf

Scope have a searchable directory of local support services on their web site, covering all parts of the Country http://www.scope.org.uk/Support/services-directory

Skills for Care have a useful information guide on Employing Personal Assistants www.employingpersonalassistants.co.uk

Social Care Institute for Excellence helps improve the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. It is an independent charity working with adults, families and children’s social care and social work services across the UK. It also works closely with related services such as health care and housing. http://www.scie.org.uk/

Southampton City Council Adult Social Care services. https://www.southampton.gov.uk/health-social-care/

SPECTRUM leaflet explaining what is Independent Living: What is Independent Living 2013.pdf

SPECTRUM’s own Direct Payments Information Website.

www.directpaymentssouthampton.info

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the national professional association and representative association for organisations who provide care, including nursing care, to people in their own homes. They can give advice on home care in your area http://www.ukhca.co.uk/index.aspx

 

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Action Portsmouth has created an interactive map showing all the voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in Portsmouth. You can access this map and search for organisations by clicking on the link below:
http://actionhampshire.org/maps/portsmouth-support/

Advice Southampton http://advicesouthampton.org.uk/

Disability Rights UK provides advice and information on a wide range of issues for Disabled People http://disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help

e.VOLve provides an online directory of voluntary and community organisations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The directory also includes organisations providing support from neighbouring areas. http://www.e.volve.org.uk/

Freedom of Information Requests https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/

Hampshire County Council information http://www.hants.gov.uk/

Scope have a searchable directory of local information and advice services on their web site, covering all parts of the Country http://www.scope.org.uk/Support/services-directory

Southampton Information Directory (SID) http://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/home.page

Southampton Placebook http://sotonplacebook.org.uk/

 

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The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is a government funded helpline that advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. It can also accept referrals from organisations which, due to capacity or funding issues, are unable to provide face to face advice to local users of their services.

http://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a wide range of guides on all aspects of equality law and good practice on equalities. There are sections on their web sites for both individuals and private and public sector organisations. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Deighton Pierce Glynn, Solicitors help individuals and organisations challenge unlawful decisions to cut or reconfigure public sector services, including advising individuals on cuts to their own services. The firm also frequently represents campaign groups and voluntary and community sector organisations.

http://www.deightonpierceglynn.co.uk

Disability Law Service http://www.dls.org.uk/

Doughty Street Chambers have produced a non-technical guide to Using the Law to Fight Cuts to Disabled People’s Services.

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/uploads/attachment/270/using-the-law-to-fight-cuts.pdf

The equivalent guide on Challenging Cuts to Children’s Services is on the Every Disabled Child Matters website: http://www.edcm.org.uk/media/8260/using_the_law_to_fight_cuts.pdf

The Housing Ombudsman can take up complaints from residents of housing provided by social landlords, including those who have taken over properties from local authorities. http://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/

The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman service deals with complaints about health and social care and other public services http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/home

Rightsnet the latest welfare rights news and case law; daily updates in debt, housing, employment and community care; peer to peer casework support; and the latest advice sector job vacancies and training courses. http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/

 

LEISURE & TRAVEL Cartoon image of a man sitting in a deck chair with a cocktail

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Air Travel

Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide 

Gatwick Airport Facilities for Disabled People

Heathrow Airport Facilities for Disabled People

Luton Airport Facilities for Disabled People Picture of a large airplane

Stansted Airport Assistance

 

Dating and social clubs

Disabled Singles – Dating4Disabled.com Picture of two people with arms around eachother with the caption Relationships

Lets Get Sociable

PHAB – social clubs and holidays

Stars in the Sky dating service for adults with Learning Difficulties

 

Holidays

Accessible Property Register

Away With Us – Supported Holidays for Adults with Learning Difficulties

Can Be Done Tours

Disabled Access Holidays Picture of two women in a swimming pool with a wheelchair in the backgroundHoliday1

Disabled Holiday Directory

Disabledholidays4u

Family Holiday Association

Hulse Ross – Accesible static caravans

Jumbulance Trust Holidays

Lets Go Supported Holidays

Lodging-World.com

Sage Traveling – Accessible European Travel

Scotland Holiday Cottages

The Disabled Holidayer

Travel Matters Travel Agency

Virgin Holidays Assistance for Disabled People

Vitalise – respite holidays

 

Sport and leisure

Accessible Boating Cartoon picture of a man dancing a jig wearing a T shirt with the slogan Active

British Disabled Ski Club

English Federation of Disability Sports

Inclusive Fitness Initiative

Jubilee Sailing Trust

Motability Rough Guide to days out in Britain

Shape Arts

The British Disabled Angling Association

Cartoon picture of a wheelchair user going up a ramp

 

Wheelchair & mobility scooter hire

Cosmo Scooter

Mobility Hire Equipment Direct

 

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS Cartoon image of a woman and two men one holding a stick and the caption Groupsons

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Action Hampshire are a local charity that provides support, advice and training on a wide range of issues for community groups, charities and social enterprises in Hampshire and Portsmouth. Members enjoy a range of benefits including free access to information on grant funding, free advertising for job and volunteering opportunities, and discounted meeting room hire. http://actionhampshire.org/

Anglo Filipino Society http://anglofilipino.org.uk/index.html

Autism Hampshire http://www.autismhampshire.org.uk/

Basingstoke Voluntary Services http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basingstoke-Voluntary-Services/365788823505065?fref=ts

Capable Creatures is a User Led Organisation, based in Southampton, set up to enable people with Mental Health Conditions to live a fulfilling life through peer support and the use of dogs. http://capablecreatures.org

Carers Together http://www.carerstogether.org.uk/

Chatterbox LGBT Group http://www.chatterboxlgbt.org.uk

Chrysalis Transgender support http://www.chrysalis-gii.co.uk/

Community First in East Hampshire and Havant http://www.cfheh.org.uk/

Disabled People’s Voice Hampshire (DPVH) is an umbrella organisation bringing together Disabled People’s User Led Organisations across Hampshire to give a stronger voice. https://www.facebook.com/DisabledPeoplesVoiceHampshire

Fareham and Gosport Multi Cultural Society

http://www.fg-ms.org.uk/

Fareham Area Disability Forum http://www.fadf.org.uk/

go-mobility is a specialised taxi transport company based in Southampton http://www.go-mobility.co.uk

Hampshire Association of Older Peoples Forums http://www.haopf.btck.co.uk/

Hampshire CVS Network http://www.hampshirecvs.org.uk/

Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance http://www.andovermind.org.uk/hampshire-dementia-action-alliance/

Hampshire Independent Equality Forumhttp://actionhampshire.org/representation-and-networks/equality/hampshire-independent-equality-forum

Hampshire Romanies http://www.gypsy-traveller.org/directory-entries/hants-group-2/

New Forest Mencap http://www.newforestmencap.org.uk/

Parability http://www.parability.org/

Romsey Area Information Network http://www.romseyareainfo.net/

Southampton Voluntary Services is the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups working in Southampton. They provide a wide range of services including specialist support, advice and training to their members. They also provide and promote information to individuals and organisations on volunteering in Southampton.

http://www.southamptonvs.org.uk/

Stars in the Sky is a dating and friendship service for adults with Learning Difficulties. http://www.starsinthesky.co.uk/

 

NATIONAL DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS Cartoon image of three people holding placards saying Equal Rights

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Alzheimers organisations

Alzheimer’s Society

Blind people’s organisations

Action for Blind People Picture of aids for blind people including a braille sheet and tape recorder

Guide Dogs

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Children and families

Contact a Family

Disabled Parents Network

HemiHelp for Children with Hemiplegia

Snowdrop – Disabled Children

Together Trust – Fostering, Family & Community Support

Deaf People’s organisations

Action On Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)

British Deaf Association An image of two hands signing which is a symbol for BSL

Hearing Link

SignVideo

Deaf-blindness organisations

A-Z to Deafblindness

Deafblind Web Resource

Sense – The National Deafblind and Rubella Association

Epilepsy organisations

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Society

General disability organisations

Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP)

Disability Rights UK Cartoon image of a variety of Disabled People including a wheelchair user, a blind person and an assistance dog userDPO2

Disabled Motorists Federation (DMF)

Disabled Workers Co-operative

Disabilities Trust

National Federation of Shopmobility

Focus on Disability

SCOPE

Shape – Disability arts

Head and brain injuries organisations

British Brain and Spine Foundation

Headway – National Head Injuries Association

Learning Difficulties organisations

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) A picture of an easy read document used by people with Learning Difficulties

Mencap

People First – run by and for People with Learning Difficulties

Mental Health organisations

Counselling Directory

No Panic – National Organisation for Panic and Anxiety Information & Care

PsyCope – for people with a psychosis

Rethink Mental Illness

MS organisations

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Positive About Multiple Sclerosis

Other impairment specific organisations

Afasic (Speech and Language Impairments) A picture of a man using crutches

Arthritis Care

British Dyslexia Association

Brittle Bone Society

HemiHelp for Children with Hemiplegia

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

Unique – The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group

Spinal injuries organisations

British Brain and Spine Foundation

Spinal Injuries Association

Stroke organisations

Different Strokes

 

TRANSPORT Cartoon image of a double decker bus

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Advice guide – Citizen’s advice website that has a section on transport options for Disabled People.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/travel-leisure-and-food/transport/advice-for-disabled-travellers/

Airport Travel Guide – This basic site has a useful PDF document halfway down the page that explains what kind of support you should expect from any UK airport. http://www.parkat.co.uk/disabled/

Blue Badge Parking – With the Blue Badge Parking Map you can see where to park in over 100 towns and cities across the UK. View the map here: http://www.parkingforbluebadges.com

London Travel Watch – Investigates suggestions and complaints from users of the Underground, the National Rail network, London’s bus network, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink, taxis and other users of the Greater London Road Network. They also carry out independent research and produce publications on issues affecting transport users.

http://www.londontravelwatch.org.uk/home/

Motability Scheme – Fully comprehensive information on the Motability Scheme. http://www.motability.co.uk/

The Nationwide Access Register has a searchable database of access information for tourist sites, hotels, public toilets, pubs and restaurants and lots more http://www.directenquiries.com/

Stations Made EasyThe National Rail website has ‘Stations Made Easy’ pages showing the layout of stations. This can be useful in planning a journey through a station you aren’t familiar with.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/44971.aspx

Transport for All is a news and information hub for accessible transport in London. They provide specialised advice, information, advocacy and training to both service users and providers of accessible transport in the capital. http://www.transportforall.org.uk/

Transport for London also has information on accessible transport in and around London http://www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/

Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide – Sourced by Trip Buzz. Quite useful, if you can forgive some of the terminology.

http://www.tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide/

 

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The Volunteering England website has a ‘Volunteer Good Practice Bank’ providing a one-stop shop for volunteers and volunteer managers looking for advice and information about how to support volunteers.

http://www.volunteering.org.uk/

 

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Access to Work is a Government grant programme to 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

You can get more information on Access to Work from your local Job Centre Plus or the Gov.UK web site https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

SPECTRUM have also produced a guide for people who are having an Access to Work review, with tips on how to deal with the process and what you should and shouldn’t say. You can download a copy here:

Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ Disabled People. http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/

CVs and job applications – there are many free guides available on how to write effective CVs and job applications. These are some that you might find useful:

10 steps to a successful CV

CVs and covering letters

10 tips on writing a successful CV

Advice on application forms

Effective application forms

Job Interviews – there are many free guides available on how to prepare for a job interview. These are some that you might find useful:

Preparing for an interview

Job search and Interview skills

Job interviews

Dealing with nerves

Telephone interviews

Advice on looking for a job can be found on the National Careers Service website where you can also find Universal Jobmatch, which allows you to search for different types of jobs in your local area.

There is also a useful guide to looking for work from Radar/Disability Rights UK

 

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  Click to listen highlighted text! Fact sheets and information sources Home»Help and information»Fact sheets and information sources Content ListACCESS  ADVOCACY  BENEFITS & MONEYCHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COMMUNICATION SUPPORT COMPUTERS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CRIME & POLICING EDUCATION & SCHOOLS EQUIPMENT INDEPENDENT LIVING & CARE AND SUPPORT INFORMATION & ADVICE SERVICES LEGAL ADVICE LEISURE & TRAVEL LOCAL ORGANISATIONS NATIONAL DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS TRANSPORT VOLUNTEERINGWORK & TRAINING The following is a list of sources of help and information that you might find useful. ACCESS  back to content list Access Keys – Access Keys checks websites and offers awards based on how accessible and easy to use they are. http://www.accesskeys.org/ ABLEize – is the largest and most viewed UK disability resource directory. It offers the largest collection of disability, mobility and health websites and social media pages in the UK and Europe. ABLEize was born out of the frustration of its founder, a disabled wheelchair user following poor Internet search results and is now the most comprehensive directory of disability and health care information and products on the Internet. http://www.ableize.com/ About Access – About Access provides a variety of services concerned with accessibility for Disabled People. http://www.aboutaccess.co.uk/ Centre for Accessible Environments – The leading authority and resource in the UK on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled and older people. http://www.cae.org.uk/ Inclusion.me – Inclusion.me is a disability consultation and Occupational Therapy service provider offering high-quality, cost-effective OT, access and independence solutions to both the public and private sectors. http://www.inclusion.me.uk/ The Nationwide Access Register has a searchable database of access information for tourist sites, hotels, public toilets, pubs and restaurants and lots more http://www.directenquiries.com/ Service Call – ServiceCall is a system designed to make it easier for a person with limited mobility to use petrol stations, banks, supermarkets, shops and many other services. http://www.service-call.net/   ADVOCACY  back to content list   Advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties Choices Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the East Hants, Havant, Fareham and Gosport, Eastleigh and Romsey, and New Forest districts. Contact: Choices Advocacy Eastleigh and New Forest on 023 8078 3715 or Choices Advocacy Havant, Fareham, Gosport & East Hampshire on 01329 232236 www.choices-advocacy.org.uk Just Advocacy provide advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties in Hart and Rushmoor. You can contact them on 01276 28515 www.justadvocacy.org Speakeasy Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the Basingstoke, Andover and Test Valley, and Winchester districts. You can contact them on: 01256 332795 www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk Advocacy for People with Mental Health Conditions Solent Mind provides an advocacy service for People with Mental Health Conditions. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk Advocacy for Disabled Children Advocacy for Disabled Children is provided by Speakeasy Advocacy. You can contact them on: 01256 332795 or via their web site www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk Other Advocacy Services Hampshire Advocacy (HARG) http://www.hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/ provide Care Act Advocacy to all user groups in Hampshire. Care Act Advocacy is available to people who – Have a substantial difficulty in being fully involved in Local Authority processes  AND Where there is no-one appropriate and available to support and represent their wishes. You can contact HARG on 023 8078 3715 or email to hello@hampshireadvocacy.org.uk Note: For people with Mental Health Conditions, this service is provided through Solent Mind. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk You can download a leaflet about the Care Act Advocacy service here: hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/AdvocacyCareActleaflet.pdf   BENEFITS & MONEYback to content list Disability Rights UK have a range of factsheets on benefits and tax credits. http://www.radar.org.uk/how-we-can-help/benefits-information-disabled-people-and-advice-workers United Response have produced a range of free guides providing basic explanations for all things finance and money related. http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/making-money-easier These are aimed at People with Learning Difficulties, but would be equally useful to anyone who finds finance confusing. There are six separate booklets which you can download individually here: Choosing & Opening A Bank Account Using A Bank Account Your Money – Your Home Your Money – Your Insurance Explaining Some Of The Words Used In Banking Moving On and Planning Ahead Help with dealing with debt If you live in the Southampton area, you can contact our Advocacy service for help with debt issues. Other organisations that offer free help and advice include: Step Change national debt charity National Debt Helpline Citizens Advice   CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE back to content list Contact a family is a national charity supporting the families of disabled children. http://www.cafamily.org.uk/what-we-do/ Community Buddies for Young Disabled People and Children is part of Hampshire County Councils short breaks programme. Anybody who is aged 7 – 19 can access the scheme. It was designed after feedback from parents, which showed that many young people wanted the opportunity to access facilities in the community but were unable to go on their own. By going with a buddy many young people are now able to visit and access places and facilities they were not previously able to. Many of the young people currently using the scheme are going with their buddy to town, cinema, parks, bowling or simply going out for a meal. You can get more information by emailing buddies@greenbuttercup.org or calling 01794 515 726. The Activity Buddy Scheme works to increase the participation of disabled children and young people within sport, recreation and leisure settings. Activity Providers match disabled people with a volunteer providing 1:1 support for the duration of the activity. It does not cost anything to have a Buddy, you simply pay for the activity you are participating in, such as a football class or gym session. Activity buddies are available directly from the venue and will need to be pre-booked. You can find out more about activity buddies in your area here: http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Activity_Buddy_Scheme The Family Fund Trust provides grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and family breaks. http://www.familyfund.org.uk Local support services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. From September 2014 every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’. You can download an information leaflet with details of the Local Offer in the South East here:   COMMUNICATION SUPPORT back to content list The Action on Hearing Loss website has practical information about communication for Deaf and hearing impaired people. including British Sign Language. http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/your-hearing/ways-of-communicating/ Deaf Positives Action are a User Led Organisation run by Deaf People and can provide British Sign Language interpreters for individuals or groups. http://deafpositivesaction.org/ Next Generation Text (NGT) provide a Text Relay service for people who have difficulty communicating on the telephone. The service works on smartphones, tablets, or computers and allows you to type what you want to say to an NGT relay assistant who will speak your words to the person you’re calling, and then type their reply so you can read it on your display. http://ngts.org.uk/   COMPUTERS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY back to content list Abilitynet – Helps adults and children with disabilities use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/ Adobe Accessibility – Has information and free downloads on making adobe products, such as pdf files more accessible. Also has an online pdf converter. http://www.adobe.com/accessibility.html The BBC My web my way web site has a range of information, factsheets and ‘how to’ guides on using the internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/ Diversity and Ability (DnA) is a social enterprise designed and led by, and for, Neurodiverse and Disabled learners in education and the work place and provides a range of Assistive Technology (AT), Information Technology (IT) and mentoring services across South and South East England. www.dnamatters.co.uk Microsoft Windows has a range of accessibility features that users can set up on their own computers or tablets. You can get more information on how to do this from the Microsoft web site here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/what-accessibility-features-windows-offer#1TC=windows-7 Text to Speech readers enable users to hear what is on the computer screen. They are particularly useful for people with visual impairments using the internet. Some of the popular screen readers include: Natural Reader – http://www.naturalreaders.com/ Gspeech – https://wordpress.org/plugins/gspeech/ CRIME & POLICING back to content list Hampshire Police website http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/ Hampshire Police on Facebook Hampshire Police on Twitter Look up your local Police Station http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact-us/police-stations Hate Crime – advice from Hampshire Police http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/hate-crime Hate Crime – advice from the Disability Hate Crime Network http://www.dhcn.info/ Hate Crime – advice from Disability Rights UK http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/publications/lets-stop-disability-hate-crime-guidance Hate Crime – advice from Mencap for People with Learning Difficulties (in Easy Read) https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Information%20about%20hate%20crime.pdf Report a Hate Crime or incident http://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime Help for victims of crime – if you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, you can get help from Victim Support. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. See more at: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/ You can also contact the local Hampshire and Isle of Wight Victim Support team on 0845 3899 528 or by email to: shorehamvcu@victimsupport.org.uk EDUCATION & SCHOOLS back to content list ACE Education – A new organisation that provides independent advice and information for parents on education issues in England. High quality training and consultancy services covering education law and guidance are provided to a wide range of education professionals. www.ace-ed.org.uk/ CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. http://www.cast.org/ Disability Rights UK have produced a guide on Further Education that aims to answer common questions such as whether colleges will be accessible to disabled students, how to choose a course and what support will be available. http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/IntoFE2015.pdf Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are paid on top of your other student finance. They help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. They don’t have to be repaid. As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition; mental health condition; or a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia). https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas Natspec is a membership association for Specialist Colleges. Their colleges give young people with a learning difficulty or disability the chance to become more independent and to learn in an exciting environment with personal support. Natspec believes that a place at a specialist college should always be an option that is available to young people and their parents. http://www.natspec.org.uk/ The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is the  national voice for lifelong learning. They are a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields. http://www.niace.org.uk/ Tutorhunt is a completely free service, and makes it simple for students to search for all the tutors within their local area. http://www.tutorhunt.com/ We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting Disabled People, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/    EQUIPMENT back to content list Alpine HC Mobility Equipment supply a wide range of mobility aids and care equipment. They deliver and install into people’s homes right across the UK https://alpinehc.co.uk Assist UK leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Each centre includes a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment and get information and advice from professional staff about what might suit them best. http://www.assist-uk.org/ Clearwell Mobility provides mobility equipment and theirweb site has a range of useful buyers guides to help with choosing equipment. http://www.clearwellmobility.co.uk The Disability Equipment Service is a free national website for buying and selling new and used disability equipment. http://www.disabilityequipmentservice.co.uk The Disabled Living Supplier Directory lists companies and organisations who supply equipment, products or services. There is a new interactive house feature online. The house is simple and easy to use, click on a room and then find a list of equipment that would be used within that room. For more information contact Disabled Living on 0161 607 8200 or email: info@disableliving.co.uk. http://www.disabledliving.co.uk/Supplier-Directory Diversity and Ability (DnA) is a social enterprise designed and led by, and for, Neurodiverse and Disabled learners in education and the work place and provides a range of Assistive Technology (AT), Information Technology (IT) and mentoring services across South and South East England. www.dnamatters.co.uk Ricability carries out consumer research for Older and Disabled People. Their web site has useful reviews of different types of equipment. http://www.ricability.org.uk   INDEPENDENT LIVING & CARE AND SUPPORT back to content list Carers in Southampton is a new service for anyone who gives up their time, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who needs additional support. http://carersinsouthampton.co.uk/ CarersTogether support people who give their time, unpaid, to support relatives and friends – living anywhere in Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth. We offer a variety of services including; advocacy, help with filling in benefit forms, a personal support service in the home, planning for emergencies and applying for Direct Payments. http://www.carerstogether.org.uk/index.php Hampshire County Council Adult Social Care services http://www3.hants.gov.uk/adult-services.html Independent Lives provides support and advice for people with Direct Payments in Hampshire http://www.independentlives.org/direct-payments Personal Health Budgets guide from the Department of Health http://www.nhs.uk/choiceinthenhs/yourchoices/personal-health-budgets/documents/understanding-phb-2013.pdf Scope have a searchable directory of local support services on their web site, covering all parts of the Country http://www.scope.org.uk/Support/services-directory Skills for Care have a useful information guide on Employing Personal Assistants www.employingpersonalassistants.co.uk Social Care Institute for Excellence helps improve the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. It is an independent charity working with adults, families and children’s social care and social work services across the UK. It also works closely with related services such as health care and housing. http://www.scie.org.uk/ Southampton City Council Adult Social Care services. https://www.southampton.gov.uk/health-social-care/ SPECTRUM leaflet explaining what is Independent Living: What is Independent Living 2013.pdf SPECTRUM’s own Direct Payments Information Website. www.directpaymentssouthampton.info United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the national professional association and representative association for organisations who provide care, including nursing care, to people in their own homes. They can give advice on home care in your area http://www.ukhca.co.uk/index.aspx   INFORMATION & ADVICE SERVICES back to content list Action Portsmouth has created an interactive map showing all the voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in Portsmouth. You can access this map and search for organisations by clicking on the link below: http://actionhampshire.org/maps/portsmouth-support/ Advice Southampton http://advicesouthampton.org.uk/ Disability Rights UK provides advice and information on a wide range of issues for Disabled People http://disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help e.VOLve provides an online directory of voluntary and community organisations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The directory also includes organisations providing support from neighbouring areas. http://www.e.volve.org.uk/ Freedom of Information Requests https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/ Hampshire County Council information http://www.hants.gov.uk/ Scope have a searchable directory of local information and advice services on their web site, covering all parts of the Country http://www.scope.org.uk/Support/services-directory Southampton Information Directory (SID) http://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/home.page Southampton Placebook http://sotonplacebook.org.uk/   LEGAL ADVICE back to content list The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is a government funded helpline that advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. It can also accept referrals from organisations which, due to capacity or funding issues, are unable to provide face to face advice to local users of their services. http://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/ The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a wide range of guides on all aspects of equality law and good practice on equalities. There are sections on their web sites for both individuals and private and public sector organisations. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/ Deighton Pierce Glynn, Solicitors help individuals and organisations challenge unlawful decisions to cut or reconfigure public sector services, including advising individuals on cuts to their own services. The firm also frequently represents campaign groups and voluntary and community sector organisations. http://www.deightonpierceglynn.co.uk Disability Law Service http://www.dls.org.uk/ Doughty Street Chambers have produced a non-technical guide to Using the Law to Fight Cuts to Disabled People’s Services. http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/uploads/attachment/270/using-the-law-to-fight-cuts.pdf The equivalent guide on Challenging Cuts to Children’s Services is on the Every Disabled Child Matters website: http://www.edcm.org.uk/media/8260/using_the_law_to_fight_cuts.pdf The Housing Ombudsman can take up complaints from residents of housing provided by social landlords, including those who have taken over properties from local authorities. http://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/ The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman service deals with complaints about health and social care and other public services http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/home Rightsnet the latest welfare rights news and case law; daily updates in debt, housing, employment and community care; peer to peer casework support; and the latest advice sector job vacancies and training courses. http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/   LEISURE & TRAVEL back to content list   Air Travel Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide  Gatwick Airport Facilities for Disabled People Heathrow Airport Facilities for Disabled People Luton Airport Facilities for Disabled People Stansted Airport Assistance   Dating and social clubs Disabled Singles – Dating4Disabled.com Lets Get Sociable PHAB – social clubs and holidays Stars in the Sky dating service for adults with Learning Difficulties   Holidays Accessible Property Register Away With Us – Supported Holidays for Adults with Learning Difficulties Can Be Done Tours Disabled Access Holidays Disabled Holiday Directory Disabledholidays4u Family Holiday Association Hulse Ross – Accesible static caravans Jumbulance Trust Holidays Lets Go Supported Holidays Lodging-World.com Sage Traveling – Accessible European Travel Scotland Holiday Cottages The Disabled Holidayer Travel Matters Travel Agency Virgin Holidays Assistance for Disabled People Vitalise – respite holidays   Sport and leisure Accessible Boating British Disabled Ski Club English Federation of Disability Sports Inclusive Fitness Initiative Jubilee Sailing Trust Motability Rough Guide to days out in Britain Shape Arts The British Disabled Angling Association   Wheelchair & mobility scooter hire Cosmo Scooter Mobility Hire Equipment Direct   LOCAL ORGANISATIONS back to content list Action Hampshire are a local charity that provides support, advice and training on a wide range of issues for community groups, charities and social enterprises in Hampshire and Portsmouth. Members enjoy a range of benefits including free access to information on grant funding, free advertising for job and volunteering opportunities, and discounted meeting room hire. http://actionhampshire.org/ Anglo Filipino Society http://anglofilipino.org.uk/index.html Autism Hampshire http://www.autismhampshire.org.uk/ Basingstoke Voluntary Services http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basingstoke-Voluntary-Services/365788823505065?fref=ts Capable Creatures is a User Led Organisation, based in Southampton, set up to enable people with Mental Health Conditions to live a fulfilling life through peer support and the use of dogs. http://capablecreatures.org Carers Together http://www.carerstogether.org.uk/ Chatterbox LGBT Group http://www.chatterboxlgbt.org.uk Chrysalis Transgender support http://www.chrysalis-gii.co.uk/ Community First in East Hampshire and Havant http://www.cfheh.org.uk/ Disabled People’s Voice Hampshire (DPVH) is an umbrella organisation bringing together Disabled People’s User Led Organisations across Hampshire to give a stronger voice. https://www.facebook.com/DisabledPeoplesVoiceHampshire Fareham and Gosport Multi Cultural Society http://www.fg-ms.org.uk/ Fareham Area Disability Forum http://www.fadf.org.uk/ go-mobility is a specialised taxi transport company based in Southampton http://www.go-mobility.co.uk Hampshire Association of Older Peoples Forums http://www.haopf.btck.co.uk/ Hampshire CVS Network http://www.hampshirecvs.org.uk/ Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance http://www.andovermind.org.uk/hampshire-dementia-action-alliance/ Hampshire Independent Equality Forum – http://actionhampshire.org/representation-and-networks/equality/hampshire-independent-equality-forum Hampshire Romanies http://www.gypsy-traveller.org/directory-entries/hants-group-2/ New Forest Mencap http://www.newforestmencap.org.uk/ Parability http://www.parability.org/ Romsey Area Information Network http://www.romseyareainfo.net/ Southampton Voluntary Services is the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups working in Southampton. They provide a wide range of services including specialist support, advice and training to their members. They also provide and promote information to individuals and organisations on volunteering in Southampton. http://www.southamptonvs.org.uk/ Stars in the Sky is a dating and friendship service for adults with Learning Difficulties. http://www.starsinthesky.co.uk/   NATIONAL DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS back to content list   Alzheimers organisations Alzheimer’s Society Blind people’s organisations Action for Blind People Guide Dogs Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Children and families Contact a Family Disabled Parents Network HemiHelp for Children with Hemiplegia Snowdrop – Disabled Children Together Trust – Fostering, Family & Community Support Deaf People’s organisations Action On Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) British Deaf Association Hearing Link SignVideo Deaf-blindness organisations A-Z to Deafblindness Deafblind Web Resource Sense – The National Deafblind and Rubella Association Epilepsy organisations Epilepsy Action Epilepsy Society General disability organisations Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) Disability Rights UK Disabled Motorists Federation (DMF) Disabled Workers Co-operative Disabilities Trust National Federation of Shopmobility Focus on Disability SCOPE Shape – Disability arts Head and brain injuries organisations British Brain and Spine Foundation Headway – National Head Injuries Association Learning Difficulties organisations British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Mencap People First – run by and for People with Learning Difficulties Mental Health organisations Counselling Directory No Panic – National Organisation for Panic and Anxiety Information & Care PsyCope – for people with a psychosis Rethink Mental Illness MS organisations Multiple Sclerosis Society Positive About Multiple Sclerosis Other impairment specific organisations Afasic (Speech and Language Impairments) Arthritis Care British Dyslexia Association Brittle Bone Society HemiHelp for Children with Hemiplegia Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Unique – The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group Spinal injuries organisations British Brain and Spine Foundation Spinal Injuries Association Stroke organisations Different Strokes   TRANSPORT back to content list Advice guide – Citizen’s advice website that has a section on transport options for Disabled People. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/travel-leisure-and-food/transport/advice-for-disabled-travellers/ Airport Travel Guide – This basic site has a useful PDF document halfway down the page that explains what kind of support you should expect from any UK airport. http://www.parkat.co.uk/disabled/ Blue Badge Parking – With the Blue Badge Parking Map you can see where to park in over 100 towns and cities across the UK. View the map here: http://www.parkingforbluebadges.com London Travel Watch – Investigates suggestions and complaints from users of the Underground, the National Rail network, London’s bus network, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink, taxis and other users of the Greater London Road Network. They also carry out independent research and produce publications on issues affecting transport users. http://www.londontravelwatch.org.uk/home/ Motability Scheme – Fully comprehensive information on the Motability Scheme. http://www.motability.co.uk/ The Nationwide Access Register has a searchable database of access information for tourist sites, hotels, public toilets, pubs and restaurants and lots more http://www.directenquiries.com/ Stations Made Easy – The National Rail website has ‘Stations Made Easy’ pages showing the layout of stations. This can be useful in planning a journey through a station you aren’t familiar with. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/44971.aspx Transport for All is a news and information hub for accessible transport in London. They provide specialised advice, information, advocacy and training to both service users and providers of accessible transport in the capital. http://www.transportforall.org.uk/ Transport for London also has information on accessible transport in and around London http://www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/ Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide – Sourced by Trip Buzz. Quite useful, if you can forgive some of the terminology. http://www.tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide/   VOLUNTEERINGback to content list The Volunteering England website has a ‘Volunteer Good Practice Bank’ providing a one-stop shop for volunteers and volunteer managers looking for advice and information about how to support volunteers. http://www.volunteering.org.uk/   WORK & TRAINING back to content list Access to Work is a Government grant programme to 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 You can get more information on Access to Work from your local Job Centre Plus or the Gov.UK web site https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work SPECTRUM have also produced a guide for people who are having an Access to Work review, with tips on how to deal with the process and what you should and shouldn’t say. You can download a copy here: Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ Disabled People. http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/ CVs and job applications – there are many free guides available on how to write effective CVs and job applications. These are some that you might find useful: 10 steps to a successful CV CVs and covering letters 10 tips on writing a successful CV Advice on application forms Effective application forms Job Interviews – there are many free guides available on how to prepare for a job interview. These are some that you might find useful: Preparing for an interview Job search and Interview skills Job interviews Dealing with nerves Telephone interviews Advice on looking for a job can be found on the National Careers Service website where you can also find Universal Jobmatch, which allows you to search for different types of jobs in your local area. There is also a useful guide to looking for work from Radar/Disability Rights UK   Note: SPECTRUM CIL is not responsible for the content of any of the external publications or website links listed here. Every effort has been made to make sure that the summarised information is correct but this resource is for general information purposes and is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice.