There are a wide range of charities that provide both national and local services and usually serve individuals within a particular disability group.
Many charities also provide detailed information, help and advice sections and links to further resources.
AbilityNet is a leading UK charity for computing and disability. It has specialised services with expertise in the field of accessibility.
The ACE Centre provides help and advice for those who need and use communication aids and assistive technology. Their therapists and teachers offer assessment services for children and adults with complex physical and communication difficulties, they also offer information, training and consultancy for both parents and professionals.
The Aidis Trust is a UK wide charity that provides free and impartial advice and support on computer technology and related assistive technology. Their aim is to help and empower disabled people through knowledge and support by increasing independence in the use of technology.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a leading dementia support and research charity that supports anyone affected by any form of dementia. They provide information as well as practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia.
AT Dementia is a charity that works to promote high quality care and services for people with dementia through consultancy, project work, education, information and advice on assistive technologies.
CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning)
Communication and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities. CALL Scotland is a research and development centre as well as a service unit providing information, advice, assessment and support services for individual children and young people in Scotland.
Communication Matters is a UK wide membership-run charitable organisation which is concerned with the AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) needs of people of all ages and ability. Its vision is a world where all individuals have a right to a 'voice' through the provision of equipment and ongoing support services. Their website is very comprehensive and informative about AAC.
Council for Disabled Children (CDC)
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. They are the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.
Disability Rights UK
Information, products and services developed by and for disabled people. They partner with the private and public sector, with the aim of improving business practices.
Disabled Living is a charity that provides impartial information about equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled adults, children, older people and the professionals who support them.
Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
DLF is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living. DLF helps the general public and healthcare professionals find out about daily living equipment and assistive technology. They don't sell products themselves, but provide company listings and search tools to help find AT equipment and suppliers.
Find A Voice
Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support. This can include signing, symbols or a communication aid. Support is provided in person, by telephone and via this website.
MERU offers individual design and manufacturing services of disability products for young disabled people when no other product exists to meet their needs. They can make modifications to existing disability products and repair damaged equipment, as well as custom-designing and manufacturing new and complex items.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is a membership organisation with nearly 8,000 members forming a powerful national and local network focused on care, research and campaigning; they provide information and support alongside fighting for improved services.
The Motability Scheme provides a simple way to lease a new car (with or without adaptions), scooter or powered wheelchair. They also provide information and publish a number of guides with key facts and tips about how to get the most out of the Motability Scheme.
The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People provides a number of services that work with people with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to gain new skills and increase independence. Whether it’s learning everyday life skills, rebuilding a life affected by brain injury, acquiring the skills to drive a specially adapted car or training for future employment, they support disabled people to achieve goals for life.
Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life. Remap do this by designing and tailor making equipment to clients individual needs, this helps them carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for assistance, or take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible for them.
Rica (formerly Ricability) is the trading name of the national research charity Research Institute for Consumer Affairs, it was initially founded through Consumers Association, publishers of Which? but is now an independent charity.
Rica focuses specifically on issues of concern to disabled and older consumers. With grant funding they research and publish free consumer reports, these are all based on rigorous research and provide practical information needed by disabled and older consumers.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People offers practical and emotional support and advice to benefit everyone affected by partial or total sight loss, including family and friends.
As well as campaigning and promoting accessible services, the RNIB offer support through a range of products and services, including training, employment and education services. The website also has a wealth of information and includes lots of advice on living independently, plus a wide range of products in the online shop.
Scope is a national charity for young disabled people, disabled adults and older disabled people, whether they have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition. The charity offers support and information on all aspects of disability.
Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.
"A world where the voice of every child and adult, however they communicate, is listened to and heard"
1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring.