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Hearing impairment Links

Action for Hearing Loss (previously Royal National Institute for the Deaf) Action on Hearing Loss provides information, training and communication support for deaf and hard of hearing people. They can provide BSL and SSE sign language interpreters, lipspeakers and note-takers.

Signature is a recognised awarding body offering nationally accredited qualifications that cover the whole range of languages and communication methods used by Deaf and Deafblind people. They administer the National Register for communication professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.


Visual impairment Links

Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB provides information and advice, assessments, audio tape and Brailling services.

Action for Blind People is a national organisation, ensuring blind and partially sighted people receive practical support in all aspects of their lives.

ABAPSTAS (The Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Teachers and Students) is a national organisation for visually impaired people which focuses on education and employment issues.

The British Computer Association of the Blind, BCAB, provides information and support for blind and partially sighted computer users.

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Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) links

The Adult Dyslexia Organisation is a national body, run by dyslexics for adults with dyslexia and provides support and information.

The British Dyslexia Association raises awareness about dyslexia and influences the development of services to meet the needs of dyslexic people.

Dyslexia Action provides advice and counselling through a local network, educational psychologist assessment and teacher training.

The Educational Guidance Service is a group of chartered psychologists who deliver individual educational and psychological assessment, support and training. The group works in many settings: homes, education, offices. The group works throughout the British Isles.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) provides help, support and information about Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

Best Resources for Achievement and Intervention re Neurodiversity in Higher Education is a non-commercial/non-profit making resource website to help students with SpLDs (specific learning differences) and staff working with them.

Development Adult Neuro-Diversity Association (DANDA) for adults with conditions such as dyspraxia, ADHD and aspergers syndrome.

ADSHE Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education ADSHE provides a network for dyslexia specialists in HE


Mental Health Links

Mind (National Association for Mental Health) provides an information service, booklets on mental distress and a network of local groups.
MindinfoLine is a confidential information service.

SANE is a charity concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. Provides advice and information.

Counselling DirectoryThe Counselling Directory is a directory of counsellors and psychotherapists who can provide support for many different types of mental health problems.

For tutors, this is a useful website: Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being. Tutors can also find specific information about curriculum design and delivery

Studying and Staying Mentally Healthy Booklet This booklet contains advice and tips to help your study become an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, and to help you stay mentally healthy.


Physical/ Other Links

Arthritis Care provides information and practical confidential support. They also run a range of self management and personal development programmes.

The National Asthma Campaign offers advice and information for everyone, working together with people with asthma, health professionals and researchers to help increase the understanding of asthma.

Diabetes UK provides practical support and information to help people manage and understand diabetes.

Epilepsy Action provides help and information and campaigns to raise awareness and improve services for people affected by epilepsy.

The National Society for Epilepsy is a medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy. They undertake research, promote awareness and provide care.

British Heart Foundation undertake research, provide information to help reduce the risk of heart disease. They also offer support and information to people with all types of heart conditions.

Terrence Higgins Trust provides information, online booklets and a helpline for people with HIV/AIDS.

The (Myalgic encephalopathy) ME Association provides information, support and practical advice for people affected by ME/CFS/PVFS. Also offer education and training.

Motor Neurone Disease Association. works to help people with MND secure the care and support they need, while promoting research in causes, treatments and cures.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society offers information and support to anyone affected by MS.

The Parkinson 's Disease Society offers support, advice and a wide range of publications to anyone affected by Parkinsons.

Scope provides a range of services for people with cerebral palsy.

Tourette Syndrome (UK)Association provides a range of services for people affected by Tourettes. They also offer a wide range of publications.


General Links

Abilitynet provides specialist equipment, needs assessment and training in the use of assistive technology.

Disabled Living Foundation provides a national information, advice and training service on home-based equipment and practical facilities.

Commission for Equality and Human Rights is a statutory body set up by the Government to help protect, enforce and promote equality.

Disabled people section of Directgov provides information on education and training, financial support and advice for carers.
National Network of Assessment Centres (UK) NNAC provides assessments to determine disabled students' educational and employment support needs.

SKILL It is with great sadness that Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities announces that it has ceased operating. Website resources and information booklets are still available.

TechDis Assistive Technology database

Open Links newsletter produced by Disabled Student Services

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation Radar campaigns for disability rights and provides an information and advice service.

Disability Information and Advice Line D.I.A.L is a national organisation providing information and advice to disabled people and others on all aspects of living with a disability.

A4e Pathways to Work A4e Pathways to Work is a fantastic scheme that helps people who are on sickness or disability-related benefits to build their skills and confidence, manage their condition and ultimately find a job that suits them.

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