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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.


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

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.


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

This website contains information on how to get the most out of technology. Either by adapting the technology itself or through the application of technology as a therapeutic and educational medium


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.


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

Group that investigates and develops ways in which computer technology can help training and employment. Produces a quarterly magazine.


  • North Star House
  • North Star Avenue
  • Swindon
  • SN2 1FA

Promotes the use of technology to help children whose educational progress is hindered by their disabilities. Central resource for pupils with physical disabilities, and is supported by the inner London boroughs. Manned by a team of advisory teachers with backgrounds in mainstream and special schools, they assess the needs of pupils from nursery to the end of secondary. Loan equipment and train staff and pupils how to use it, and they take care of maintenance and review the situation every year.


  • Charlton Park Academy
  • Charlton Park Road
  • London
  • SE7 8JB

Supplies books, guides, teaching packs and equipment for gifted children, dyslexic children and left-handed children. They also arrange psychological assessments and offer legal advice and guidance for SEN children, gifted children, handicapped children and adults.


  • Hampton Grange
  • 21 Hampton Lane
  • Solihull
  • B91 2QJ

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


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

Provides one-off grants to older people and people with disabilities or mental health issues. Financial assistance can be provided for electrical and gas appliances, household goods, and clothing. All applications must be made by a social worker employed by the local or health authority.


  • The Percy Bilton Charity
  • Bilton House
  • London
  • W13 9NB

Provide information on the use of technology for the visually impaired people, primarily in the areas of education and employment. Provides an information helpine service via phone, email, fax or letter - for both sighted and visually impaired people. Factsheets can be sent out, information given over the phone, or people can be referred to other RNIB departments or external services.


  • 105 Judd Street
  • London
  • WC1H 9NE

Aims to provide a 'one stop service' for all information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs Gives independent advice; assessment and training. Organises seminars/conferences for organisations with which they can arrange guest speakers to cover a whole spectrum of additional needs subjects. Publish and information pack and catalogue.


  • Box 42
  • St Helens
  • WA10 3BR

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.


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

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