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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
London
EC1Y 8SL

Phone: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000
SMS: 0780 0000 360
Email: informationline@hearingloss.org.uk
Website: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/

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
Email: info@allfie.org.uk
Website: www.allfie.org.uk

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
London
SE1 2TU

Phone: 44(0)207 940 8960
E-mail: info@assclinsci.org
Website: www.assclinsci.org

The Association of Clinical Scientists is the professional body for clinical scientists.


The British Association of Art Therapists
24-27 White Lion Street
London
N1 9PD

Phone: 44 (0)207 686 4216
Fax: 44 (0)207 837 7945
Website: www.baat.org
E-mail: info@baat.org

The British Association of Art Therapists is the professional body for art therapists.


The British Association of Dramatherapists
Waverley
Battledown Approach
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 6RE

Phone: 44 (0)1242 235 515
Email: enquiries@badth.org.uk
Website: www.badth.org.uk

The British Association of Dramatherapists is the professional body for dramatherapists.


The British Association for Music Therapy
24–27 White Lion Street
London
N1 9PD

Phone: 44 (0)207 837 6100
Email: info@bamt.org
Website: http://www.bamt.org/

The British Association for Music Therapy is the professional body for music therapists.


The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
BAPO Secretariat
Sir James Clark Building
Abbey Mill Business Centre
Paisley
PA1 1TJ

Phone: 44 (0)141 561 7217
Email: enquiries@bapo.com
Website: http://www.bapo.com

The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists is the professional body for prosthetists and orthotists.


The British Association of Social Workers
16 Kent Street
Birmingham
B5 6RD

Phone: 44 (0) 121 622 3911
Fax: 44 (0) 121 622 4860
Email: england@basw.co.uk
Website: http://www.basw.co.uk/

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
Birmingham
B3 3HT

Phone: 44 (0)121 200 8080
Fax: 44 (0)121 200 8081
Email: info@bda.uk.com
Website: http://www.bda.uk.com

The British Dietetic Association is the professional body for dietitians.


The British Dyslexia Association
Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
Bracknell
RG12 7BW

Website: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

For general enquiries:
Phone: 0333 405 4555
Fax: 03334054570
E-mail: admin@bdadyslexia.org.uk

For enquiries about dyslexia:
Helpline 0333 405 4567
E-mail: helpline@bdadyslexia.org.uk

The British Dyslexia Association is an organisation that supports people with dyslexia.


The British and Irish Orthoptic Society
Salisbury House,
Station Road,
Cambridge CB1 2LA
UK

Website: http://www.orthoptics.org.uk
Phone: 44(0)1353 66 55 41
Email: bios@orthoptics.org.uk

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society is the professional body for orthoptists.


The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester
LE1 7DR

Phone: 44 (0)116 254 9568
Fax: 44 (0)116 227 1314
Email: enquiries@bps.org.uk
Website: http://www.bps.org.uk/

The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.


The British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists
BSHAA
C/o EBS City Wharf
Davidson Road
Litchfield
Staffordshire
WS14 9DZ

Telephone: 01543442155
Email: membership@bshaa.com
Education@bshaa.com
Fax: 0121 355 2420
Website: www.bshaa.com/

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
London
EC4A 3EB

Telephone: 020 7822 8232
Email: info@cae.org.uk
Website: www.cae.org.uk

The Centre for Accessible Environments is a charity that provides advice on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled people.


Changing Faces
The Squire Centre
33-37 University Street
London
WC1E 6JN

Telephone: 0845 4500 275
Email: info@changingfaces.org.uk
Website: www.changingfaces.org.uk

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
London
WC1R 4ED

Website: http://www.csp.org.uk
Phone: 44 (0)20 7306 6666
Email: enquiries@csp.org.uk

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional body for physiotherapists.


The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)
Unison
130 Euston Road
London, NW1 2AY

Tel: 0207 121 5414
Email: codp@unison.co.uk
Website: www.codp.org.uk

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
London
SE1 1LB

Website: http://www.cot.co.uk
Phone: 44 (0)207 357 6480
Email: professionalenquiries@cot.co.uk

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
The Exchange
Express Park
Bristol Road
Bridgwater
TA6 4RR

Telephone: 01278 420 014
Fax: 01278 421077
Web: www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk
Email: membership@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

The College of Paramedics is the professional body for paramedics.


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Website: www.bis.gov.uk

An important source of government information for students, universities, and other education providers


Department of Education (Northern Ireland)
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
Bangor
Co Down
BT19 7PR

Website: http://www.deni.gov.uk
Phone: 028 9127 9279
Fax: 028 9127 9100
Textphone: 18001 028 9127 9279 (for deaf and hard of hearing users only)
Email: mail@deni.gov.uk


Disability Rights UK
Ground Floor
CAN Mezzanine
49-51 East Rd
London
N1 6AH

Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050 (opening hours: Tuesdays 11.30 – 13.30 and Thursdays 13.30 – 15.30)
Email: students@disabilityrightsuk.org
Website: www.disabilityrightsuk.org

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
Website: www.education-support.org.uk

The contact details for the five Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards are on this website.


Business Disability Forum
Nutmeg House
60 Gainsford Street
London
SE1 2NY

Phone: 020 7403 3020
Fax: 020 7403 0404
Textphone: 020 7403 0040
E-mail: enquiries@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk
Website: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/

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
Banbridge
BT32 3QD

E-mail: info@efdni.org
Phone or textphone: 028 4062 4526
Fax: 028 4066 9665
Website: http://efdni.org/

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
London
WC2A 3LJ

Phone: 44 (0)207 438 1010
Fax: 44 (0)207 438 1011
E-mail: info@ecu.ac.uk
Website: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/

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
Equality House
7 - 9 Shaftesbury Square
Belfast
BT2 7DP

Phone: 028 9050 0600
Textphone: 028 90 500589
E-mail: information@equalityni.org
Website: www.equalityni.org

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

Website: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/
Telephone: 020 7832 7800
Fax: 020 7832 7801
Email: correspondence@equalityhumanrights.com

Helplines

England: 0845 604 6610
Email: englandhelpline@equalityhumanrights.com

Scotland: 0845 604 5510
Email: scotlandhelpline@equalityhumanrights.com

Wales: 0845 604 8810
Email: waleshelpline@equalityhumanrights.com

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.


Gov.uk
Website: https://www.gov.uk/
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
London
EC1R 5HL
England

Phone: 020 7713 0214
Website: www.ibms.org

The IBMS is the professional body for biomedical scientists.


Lead Scotland
Lead Scotland
Princes House
5 Shandwick Place
EH2 4RG

Telephone: 0131 228 9441
Textphone: (18001) 0131 228 9441
Fax: 0131 229 6941
Email: enquiries@lead.org.uk
Website: http://www.lead.org.uk/

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.


Mind
15-19 Broadway
Stratford
London
E15 4BQ

Phone: 020 8519 2122
Mind infoline: 0300 123 3393
Fax: 020 8522 1725
E-mail: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk

Mind Legal Advice Service
Phone: 0300 466 6463
Email: legal@mind.org.uk


Mind Cymru
3rd Floor, Quebec House
Castlebridge
5-19 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
CF11 9AB

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)
Head Office
Southgate House
Southgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 1UB

Website: www.qaa.ac.uk
Phone: 44 (0)1452 557000
Fax: 44 (0)1452 557070
Email: enquiries@qaa.ac.uk

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
London
SE1 1NX

Website: www.rcslt.org
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
London
WC1H 9NE

Website: www.rnib.org.uk
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.


Scope
Telephone: 0808 800 3333
Email: response@scope.org.uk
Website: www.scope.org.uk

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)
Cheylesmore House
Quinton Road
Coventry
CV1 2WT

Telephone: 0345 377 5000
Email: info@sfa.bis.gov.uk
Website: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk

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
London
SE1 3LY

Phone: 020 7234 8620
Website: www.feetforlife.org

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
Mill Street
London
SE1 2EW

Website: www.sor.org
Phone: 020 7740 7200

The Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body for radiographers.


Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EDINBURGH
EH11 3UT

Website: http://www.saas.gov.uk/
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
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

Telephone: 0300 100 0607
Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Website: www.gov.uk/contact-student-finance-england

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
Website: www.cyllidmyfyrwyrcymru.co.uk

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
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/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
https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview

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
http://www.pluss.org.uk/

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.



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