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Websites for You

AAT - The Stairclimber People
AAT provide solutions for climbing stairs using manual and motorised stair climbers and stair climbing equipment. AAT provide sales and service for powered stair climbers and help with disabled access issues. AAT are the distributors of the Amazon stair walker for use in the Airline and Airport industry.
Shopping for most accessibilty needs on the internet. Alternatively, just call by using any of the following options: telephone, fax, minicom, typetalk or email.

The Cragside Group - a useful website that provides help for disabled people.

Deaf 24/7 is a very useful internet resource point for anyone interested in deaf related information especially in the UK. Deaf24/7 is a non-profit project and receives no outside funding for its maintenance.

Five Star Training has a comprehensive range of training solutions to meet your needs but can also design, develop and deliver training packages exactly as you want them. Five Star Training works in partnership with the national charity, Action For Blind People, to deliver Visual Awareness Training. Course content includes: Communication, Eye Conditions, The Law and Disability, Environment Mobility Aids and Guiding.

Force Ten have been in business since 1967 and since 1989 have become one of the foremost suppliers of technology for the Independent Living, Education, Leisure and Employment needs of the Deaf, Blind and Visually Impaired and now also Mobility. This company is based in Surrey and supplies to individuals and organisations nationally.

LifeStyle Access Mobility provides inspired solutions for disabled people and for those concerned with the care and treatment of people with all types of disability. LifeStyle Access recognise that the lifestyle desired by the UK's 10 million people with disabilities goes way beyond the familiar mobility equipment and aids to daily living currently on offer from most companies in this field, and set out to give everybody's abilities and interests the best possible opportunity to develop. This company is based in Central London and supplies to individuals and organisations nationally.

Yakkety-Yak Multimedia Company are unique in the ability to offer a complete Multimedia package, merging innovative audio / visual opportunity coupled with sales and marketing, thereby bringing companies a quality cost and time effective project scope, providing one key point of contact throughout the project / campaign imperative when deadlines have to be met. All projects can be designed for accessibility.

Possible funding opportunities for disabled people - Where can you get it?

For Employment

The Access to Work Scheme
- For Equipment and / or Assistance at work

Computer equipment for use at home

PO Box 94 Warwick CV34 5WS
Tel: 01926 312847 / Fax: 01926 311345
Textphone: 01926 312847 / Helpline: 0800 269 545

Further and Higher Education

Skill: The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
Chapter House 18-20, Crucifix Lane London SE1 3JW
Textphone: 0800 068 2422
Helpline: 0800 328 5050

For students with visual impairments:

RNIB Education and Employment Information Service
Royal National Institute for the Blind
105 Judd Street London WC1H 9NE
Tel: 020 7388 1266 / Fax: 020 7388 2034

For students with hearing impairments:

23 Featherstone Street London EC1Y 8SL
Tel: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000
Fax: 020 7296 8199


Benefit Enquiry Helpline
Tel: 0800 882200 / Textphone: 0800 243355
Provides general advice on disability benefits.

Disability Alliance
Universal House, 88-64 Wentworth Street London E1 7SA
Tel: 020 7247 8776 / Fax: 020 7247 8765
Textphone: 020 7247 8776 / Helpline: 020 7247 8763

Social Care Services
Direct Payment Scheme - please make contact with your local Social Services Department

The Independent Living Fund
PO Box 7525 Nottingham NG2 4ZT
Tel: 0845 601 8815
Fax: 0115 945 0945
Textphone: 0845 601 8816
Provides grants for domestic help and personal care to people with severe disabilities on a low income.

Disabled Living Foundation
380-384 Harrow Road London W9 2HU
Tel: (020) 7289 6111 / Fax: (020) 7266 2922
Provides further information and booklets about funding sources Funding for wheelchairs and motor vehicles

Mobility Trust
50 High Street Hungerford, Berks RG17 0NE
Tel: 01488 686335 / Fax: 01488 686336
Provides funding for mobility equipment for anyone with a disability.

Goodman House, Station Approach Harlow Essex CM29 2ET
Tel: 01279 635666 / Fax: 01279 632000
Helpline: 01279 635999
Provides you with a range of services to help you buy or lease a car or wheelchair.

Alternative sources of finance for vehicles and adaptations

Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service (MAVIS)
O Wing Macadam
Avenue Old Wokingham Road Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 6XD
Tel: 01344 661066
Textphone: 01344 661000

Queen Elizabeth Foundation
Mobility Centre, Damson Way, Fountain Drive, Carshalton, Surrey. SM5 4NR
Tel: 020 8770 1151 / Fax: 020 8770 1211

Mobility Information Service
Unit B1 Greenwood Court Carmel Drive,
Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 3TB
Tel: 01743 463072 / Fax: 01743 463065 / Email:

Housing Adaptations

Bleaklow House, Howard Town Mills, Glossop SK13 8HT
Tel: 01457 891909 / Email:

Other sources of funding

Directory of Social Change
Stephenson Way London NW3 2DP
Tel: 020 7209 5151
If you cannot find one at your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) or your local library please call the number shown above.

Useful Contact websites:

Ministers at the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)

National Organisations:

For up-to-date information on disability issues, please visit the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) website at:

The Centre for Accessible Environments

The British Deaf Association (BDA)

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)

Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People

The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)

Deafblind UK

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Social Care Institue for Excellence (SCIE)

Library Related

Access Network

CILIP Community Services Group

Also, Social Inclusion and Libraries: a Resource Guide

The Network - tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries:

Other organisations

Age Concern

Better Government for Older People

Centre for Policy on Ageing
19-23 Ironmonger Row, London EC1V 3QP
Tel: 020 7553 6500
Help the Aged

Other Companies that provide impartial advice on disabilities:

Cragside Consultants Limited

Disability Legislation and Publications


Disability Discrimination Act 2005
The Act, which received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005, is the final step in meeting the Government's 2001 Manifesto commitment to extend rights and opportunities for disabled people. It means that the Government has put into place all of the remaining measures (i.e. those not already legislated on using Regulations) that it supports arising from the recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force.

Approved Document Part M - Amended 2004.
Access to and use of buildings. M1 Access and use. M2 Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings. M3 Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings. M4 Sanitary conveniences in dwellings - DETR - The Stationery Office, 1998

BS 8300:2001 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people : This code of practice will help you to make the relevant changes to your property. BS 8300 explains how to design the built environment to make it fully accessible. It will help you overcome restrictions that prevent anyone from making full use of premises and their surroundings. The recommendations cover a wide range of impairments and activities.

BS5588:Part 8:1988 Fire Precautions in the Design, Construction and Use of Buildings - Code of Practice for Means of Escape for Disabled People - BSI

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - The Stationery Office, 1995

Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Code of Practice: Rights of Access, Goods, Facilities, Service and Premises
DfEE - The Stationery Office, 1999
Deals with the duties placed by Part III of the DDA on those providing goods, facilities or services to the public and those selling, letting or managing premises.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Code of Practice: Elimination of Discrimination in the field of Employment against Disabled Persons or Persons who have had a Disability
DfEE - The Stationery Office, 1996
Deals with the duties placed on employers by Part II of the DDA.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Code of Practice: Duties of Trade Organisations to their Disabled Members and Applicants
DFEE - The Stationery Office, 1999

L24: Workplace, Health and Safety: Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 - HMSO, 1992

Other Publications

A Design Guide for the Use of Colour and Contrast to Improve the Built Environment for Visually Impaired People
Dulux Technical Group, ICI Paints, 1997
Based on findings from `Project Rainbow', a research project carried out by the University of Reading.

Access Policies for Local Plans

RTPI / Access Committee for England, 1993
Sets out proposals for incorporating policies for people with disabilities into local authorities' local plans.

Access to ATMs: UK design guidelines
by Robert Feeney - CAE, 1999
Design principles and guidance for those who design, manufacture, install and maintain ATMs.

Barrier-Free Design
by James Homes-Siedle - Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996

Buildings for All to Use: good practice guidance for improving existing public buildings for people with disabilities
by Sylvester Bone - Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA), 1996
Good practice guidance for improving existing public buildings for people with disabilities.

Building Sight
by Peter Barker, Jon Barrick, Rod Wilson
HSMO in association with the Royal National Institute for the Blind RNIB, 1995
A handbook of building and interior design solutions to include the needs of visually impaired people.

Designing for Spectators with Disabilities
Football Stadia Advisory Design Council, 1992
Guidance for designing stadia that are accessible and meet the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations.

Designing for the Disabled: the new paradigm
by Selwyn Goldsmith - Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997
A new vision that obliges architects to rethink the methodology of designing for disabled people.

Easy Access to Historic Properties
English Heritage, 1995
Guidance in relation to achieving access in historic buildings (now out of print).

Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces
DETR - The Stationery Office, 1997

Personal Emergency Egress Plans

Northern Officer Group, 1993
A practical manual on how to plan and implement the management elements of a fire safety strategy for the safe evacuation of disabled people.

Specifiers' Handbooks
A compact A5 series for designers and specifiers on the design and performance criteria for access products and specialist equipment.

1: Electrical Controls
by Tessa Palfreyman - CAE, 1990

2: Wheelchair Stairlifts and Platform Lifts
by Stephen Thorpe - CAE, 1993

3: Automatic Door Controls
by Ann Sawyer - CAE, 1995

4: Internal Floor Finishes: improving access for all
by Vin Goodwin - CAE, 1997

Tourism for All: providing accessible visitor attractions
by Bob Donaldson - English Tourist Board, 1994
Designing access that allows more people to get at and enjoy visitor attractions.

Wheelchair Template
by Stephen Thorpe - CAE
Invaluable design tool for drawing appraisals and in the creation of drawings to ensure accessible layouts and detailing.

Widening the Eye of the Needle: access to churches for people with disabilities
by John Penton - Church House Publishing, 1999
Focuses on the alteration and operation of existing churches and associated buildings but also covers new churches.
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