Where to look for more information:
- THE DISABLED LIVING FOUNDATION provides information about equipment specifically for people with disabilities. 380-384 HARROW ROAD, LONDON, W9 2HU. Tel: 020 7289 6111 Helpline: 0845 130 9177 Minicom: 020 7432 8009 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dlf.org.uk
- There are also local Disabled Living Centres where you or an assistant can try out equipment to assess its suitability. THE DISABLED LIVING CENTRES COUNCIL can provide details of your local centre. FIRST FLOOR, WINCHESTER HOUSE, NO. 11, CRANMER ROAD, KENNINGTON, LONDON, SW9 6EJ
- RADAR. Pan-disability campaigning organisation that gives advice and information on non-medical issues. 12 CITY FORUM, 250 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1V 8AF Tel: 020 7250 3222 Minicom: 020 7250 4119 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.radar.org.uk
- THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICE (THE GUIDE), FREEPOST SWC 4299, GLOUCESTER GL1 2ZZ Tel: 01452 33 11 31 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.guide-information.org.uk provides information about illnesses and treatments, self help groups, complaints procedures, the Patients’ Charter etc. They may be able to give details of similar services in other areas.
- Local disability information lines, contact DIAL UK, ST CATHERINES, TICK HILL RD, DONCASTER, DN4 8QN Tel: 01302 310123 for your local number. E-mail mailto:email@example.com Website: www.dialuk.org.uk
- CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAUX can provide information about many things including benefits, local services and legal matters.
- THE SAMARITANS provide confidential emotional support for anyone in distress or at risk of suicide. Local branches (details on the website and in the phone book) also have phone numbers of local helplines and counselling services. Postal service: CHRIS, P.O. BOX 90 90, STIRLING, FK8 2SA. Tel: 08457 909090 Textphone: 08457 90 91 92 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.samaritans.org
- REMAP’s volunteer engineers, craftsmen and occupational therapists design and construct otherwise unavailable equipment for people with individual needs due to disability. Projects undertaken by the charity’s local panels are varied and include designing a hoist for lifting shopping to an upstairs room, arm supports, a computer keyboard support to be used lying down, and wheelchair adaptations such as ‘sand wheels’ for beach trips. There is no charge to the person supplied with the equipment though a donation towards materials is welcomed. REMAP, HAZELDENE, IGHTHAM, SEVENOAKS, KENT, TN15 4AD Tel: 0845 1300 456 Website: www.remap.org.uk