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ICT / communication equipment organisations

This section of Living made easy contains details of numerous communication equipment / ICT organisations and contacts that may be useful. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing.

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AbilityNet

Offers an information service for children and adults who find using standard computer equipment and systems challenging and offers advice on adaptive computer technology. Activities include consultancy and assessment services to assist in choice and use of computer equipment at work and at home. Centres established in Warwick, Worcester, Cambridge, London, Reading and Edinburgh.

Address:

  • Unit 25 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Access-Ability Communications Technology

Aims to help adults and children with communication disabilities develop their communication skills through Information Technology and to promote the wider understanding of such disabilities.

Address:

  • 3 Wesley Gate
  • Queens Road
  • Reading
  • RG1 4AP

ACE Centre

ACE Centre has a North centre in Greater Manchester, and a South cente in Oxfordshire. They provide information and expertise in the use of technology as an aid to communication. Provides a range of services including in-depth assessments of the communication needs of individuals in education, training of professionals and parents, and research and development. Centres are involved in projects working with manufacturers of equipment by advising on the needs of children with communication issues, or developing specialised software to meet specific accessing and educational needs. They have a library of short term loan equipment and also produces publications. The North centre covers the north of England, North Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, and the South center covers the south of England, Mid-Wales, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles and the Channel Islands.

Address:

  • Hollinwood Business Centre
  • Albert Street
  • Hollinwood
  • OL8 3QL

Action on Hearing Loss

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include: campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; Typetalk Call Relay Service (in conjunction with BT); medical and technical research.

Address:

  • 19-23 Featherstone Street
  • London
  • EC1Y 8SL

AFASIC

Parent-led organisation which helps children and young people with speech and language needs. Promotes understanding, acceptance and equal opportunities. Helpline open Monday and Tuesday 9.15am - 2.30pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Address:

  • 1st Floor
  • 20 Bowling Green Lane
  • London
  • EC1R 0BD

Aidis Trust

Help people with disabilities communicate more easily and effectively through technology. Provide free independent advice on assistive technology, free technical support and remote technical assistance. Run online training and training sessions.

Address:

  • Floor 2, Richmond House
  • 15 Bloom Street
  • Manchester
  • M1 3HZ

Aspire

Provides practical support through projects and programmes to people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury.

Address:

  • Aspire National Training Centre
  • Wood Lane
  • Stanmore
  • HA7 4AP

Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills

Promotes improved services for children and adults with difficulties caused by neurological disease or head injury. Focuses particularly on communication and eating needs. Team consists of therapists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, who offer range of specialist services including independent assessment and consultation. Therapy based on Bobath and other concepts. Training provided for carers and professionals. Carries out collaborative and consultative work with education, social and medical services, product design, development and research.

Address:

  • Hatherton Lodge
  • Avenue Road
  • Malvern
  • WR14 3AG

Blissymbolics Communication UK

Enables children and adults with physical disabilities and no functional speech to communicate. Runs an enquiry information line, courses and workshops on the Blissymbol system, publishes a regular newsletter and has a committee run on a voluntary basis by professionals experienced in the field of augmentative communication. Range of publications available. Publications include over fifteen titles available, costing from 90p to £74.75.

Address:

  • 92 Windmill Road
  • Oxford
  • OX3 7DR

British Computer Association of the Blind

Self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and users. Website includes the BCAB brochure with information on its aims and objectives, its services, annual subscription and how to become a member. The Association's Constitution is also available on this site. Runs training courses for visually impaired people and the website includes details of forthcoming courses. The BCAB email list, administered at the University of Manchester, is open to BCAB members and other interested parties.

Address:

  • c/o Dawes & Sutton
  • 4 Millicent Road
  • Nottingham
  • NG2 7LD

Communication Matters

National organisation concerned with the needs of people with complex communication needs. Can provide information and support on augmentative and alternative communication systems. Members include people who use augmentative and alternative communication and their families and enablers, as well as people from all disciplines that work with people who have complex communication needs. It is the UK branch of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Encourages and supports the establishment of augmentative and alternative communication user groups for both adults and children.

Address:

  • Leeds Innovation Centre
  • 103 Clarendon Road
  • Leeds
  • LS2 9DF

Deaf Plus

Self-help information and advice service run by deaf people to assist deaf people or their families. Offers personal support, face-to-face information and advice as well as telephone advice, and runs email and web based services. Breakthrough operates equipment centres and runs training programmes for self development and development of work skills.

Address:

  • First Floor, Trinity Centre
  • Key Close
  • London
  • E1 4HG

Deafax

Provides training, support and education to deaf people. This includes assisting with life skills development, literacy and numeracy educational assistance, and training for Teachers of the Deaf in the use of ICT in teaching programmes.

Address:

  • Clare Charity Centre
  • Wycombe Road
  • Saunderton
  • HP14 4BF

Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK is a national charity offering specialist services and human support to deafblind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired through their lives. Their aim is to enable people living with this unique disability to maintain their independence, quality of life and to reduce the isolation that Deafblindness creates. They achieve this through campaigning, education and the provision of practical and emotional support via independent living teams, personal communicator guiding and interpreting services, rehabilitation support, adaptive equipment to assist with daily living, a volunteer befriending service and a free telephone Information and Advice Line providing information, advocacy and guidance.

Address:

  • John and Lucille van Geest Place
  • Cygnet Road
  • Peterborough
  • PE7 8FD

Digital Unite Ltd

Company offering computer and Internet training. Working with other organisations to get more people online.

Address:

  • 18 Hundred Acres
  • Wickham
  • Fareham
  • PO17 6JB

Disabled People's Electronic Village Hall

Provide IT training for disabled adults throughout West Yorkshire. Run Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses at a pace to suit the learner and which fit a wide range of needs.

Address:

  • Dewsbury Town Hall
  • Wakefield Old Road
  • Dewsbury
  • WF12 8DG

Electronic Aids for the Blind

Works to improve the independence and levels of achievement for blind and partially sighted people of all ages, through provision of specialist or suitably adapted electronic equipment, where no statutory or personal resources are available. Applicants must be registered blind or partially sighted and may apply either directly or through Social Services.

Address:

EmpTech

Provides information resources on assistive technologies that are designed to help those with specific difficulties or disabilities work and study more effectively. The database includes product descriptions, links to manufacturers, suppliers with addresses as well as other related resources including advice and training guides where available.

Address:

IT Can Help

Operated by AbilityNet IT Can Help is a network of volunteers who provide free local computer assistance to disabled people.

Address:

  • Unit 25 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Medical Engineering Research Unit

Designs and makes equipment for children and young people with disabilities when no other solution can be found.

Address:

  • Unit 2, Eclipse Estate
  • 30 West Hill
  • Epsom
  • KT19 8JD

ReCOM

Charity that looks for donations of redundant IT equipment and then redistribute this to individuals, charities and community.

Address:

  • 348A Gospel Lane
  • Olton
  • Solihull
  • B27 7AJ

RNIB

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; medical and technical research and care services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional needs.

Address:

  • 105 Judd Street
  • London
  • WC1H 9NE

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services

Shaw Trust Accessibility Services carry our audits to assess the level of accessibility and provide solutions. This includes everything from buildings and facilities to websites and mobile apps.

Address:

  • The Disability Action Centre
  • The Courtyard
  • Neath
  • SA10 6EJ

The Communication Trust

Raises awareness, influences policy and promotes best practice on behalf of children with speech, language and communication needs. Is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary sector organisations and an advisory group.

Address:

  • 8 Wakley Street
  • London
  • EC1V 7QE

The Makaton Charity

Makaton is a language programme which provides a basic means of communication and encourages language development in children and adults with communication difficulties. The programme uses speech, signs and symbols to provide a multi-modal approach to communication development. The Makaton Charity provides training to parents, carers and professionals, publishes a wide range of resources and offers a free family advisory service.

Address:

  • Westmead House
  • Farnborough
  • GU14 7LP

The Sequal Trust

Aim to provide support to children and adults who are severely disabled and depend on electronic communication aids and adaptations through fundraising for such equipment. Aims to help people of all ages with speech, movement and learning difficulties.

Address:

  • 3 Ploughman's Corner
  • Wharf Road
  • Ellesmere
  • SY12 0EJ

UCanDoIT

Provide computer training for disabled people on how to use the Internet in their own homes at an affordable cost. The project arranges for qualified tutors to visit disabled people in their own homes, who check that computer equipment is up-to-date and in working order and then delivers a course of sessions.

Address:

  • 1 Taylors Yard
  • 67 Alderbrook Road
  • London
  • SW12 8AD