Student Services: Disabilities and Dyslexia

Further Resources - Support organisations, research projects and employment opportunities

The Disabilities & Dyslexia Service is regularly contacted by organisations wishing to promote various opportunities aimed specifically at disabled students. These include support services, research projects requiring participants and employment and training schemes. Details of these will be listed on this page as they become available.

Support organisations

Research projects and consultation exercises requiring participants

Employment and training schemes


Support organisations

All disabilities

Action on Access

Action on Access is the national co-ordination team for widening participation in higher education. They support the development, promotion and enhancement of social inclusion for the broadest possible access to higher education by:

  • working with institutions and key stakeholders across the higher education sector
  • working with partnerships including Aimhigher
  • working to promote inclusive approaches to disability within higher education
Artsline

Artsline is an award winning charity that promotes disability access to arts and leisure services throughout London and the surrounding area. There website lists detailed information on the accessibility of arts venues throughout the capital.

Disability

UK Government site which provides information on rights, employability and current issues.

Disabled Go

The DisabledGo website provides accessibility information on venues throughout the UK. The information covers universities, entertainment venues and other buildings open to the public. Each site has been reviewed by a real person.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality organisation which campaigns for the elimination of discrimination.

SKILL

SKILL promotes opportunities for young people and adults with dyslexia or any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK. Skill provides an information service by phone, Minicom or letter and publishes books, booklets and information leaflets. Contact Skill Information Service Tel: 0800 328 5050 or on the web at www.skill.org.uk.

The JISC TechDis Service aims to be the leading educational advisory service, working across the UK, in the fields of accessibility and inclusion. Their mission is to support the education sector in achieving greater accessibility and inclusion by stimulating innovation and providing expert advice and guidance on disability and technology.

Visit London - Accessibility

Maps and information for accessing theatres, hotels, entertainment venues and transport in the London area.

Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

Adult Dyslexia Organisation

ADO advises and gives support to empower dyslexia adults, taking account of their particular and very different needs. The charity provides a wide range of services to the public and to professionals, which is inclusive of service providers and policy makers. By working with government departments, major organisations, Trade Unions, educators and employers, ADO works to ensure real change that affects the lives of adults with dyslexia.

British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association campaigns for a dyslexia-friendly society in which all dyslexic people can reach their potential. They claim to be the only impartial and objective dyslexia-focussed membership-based organisation in the UK and deliver support and information to over 6 million people throughout the country.

Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. They specialise in assessment, teaching and training. They also develop and distribute teaching materials and undertake research.

Visual impairment

The Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Teachers and Students (ABAPSTAS)

ABAPSTAS is the only national organisation of visually impaired people which focuses on education and employment issues.

ABAPSTAS was founded in 1970 by a small number of visually impaired people with the primary aim of supporting students, teachers and lecturers. Since then, ABAPSTAS has grown into a national self-help and campaigning organisation. Their main focus is still on education and employment but members now include people who have moved into careers other than teaching.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

The UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people in the UK with sight problems.

Hearing impairment

British Deaf Asssociation

The BDA is the largest Deaf organisation in the UK that is run by Deaf people. They represent the Sign Language community, which is united by shared experiences, history and, most importantly, by British Sign Language (BSL).

deafclub.co.uk

DeafClub.co.uk is a not for profit website to promote websites about Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture in the UK. DeafClub.co.uk provides a free service to provide news about Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture direct to members inbox weekly.

Royal National Institute for the Deaf

The RNID aim to make daily life better for deaf and hard of hearing people. Their campaigns, information, services and support of scientific and technological research are some of the ways in which they do this. They also support other organisations in their aim to provide better services to their deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers.

Mobility

REMAP

A network of volunteer engineers and craftsmen who make free one off aids for disabled people.

Scope

Advice and information for people with cerebral palsy.

Mental Health

MIND

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Their stated aims are to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:

  • advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems
  • challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion
  • influencing policy through campaigning and education
  • inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity
  • achieving equal rights through campaigning and education.
OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading charity for people who are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Run by sufferers, for sufferers, it aims to bring the facts about OCD to the public and to support those who suffer from this often debilitating anxiety disorder.

Oxford Student Mental Health Network

The Oxford Student Mental Health Network was originally funded for three years up to the end of March 2003 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The network is now being maintained beyond the end of the HEFCE funded period in order to build on the improved communication and understanding about students' mental health needs that has been achieved across the educational and health care sectors.

Other medical conditions

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME)
Action for ME is a leading UK organisation wotrking on behalf of those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as CFS or ME).

Diabetes
Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action
is the largest member-led epilepsy organisation in Britain, acting as the voice for the UK's estimated 456,000 people with epilepsy, as well as their friends, families, carers, health professionals and the many other people on whose lives the condition has an impact.

As well as campaigning to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of the condition, we offer assistance to people in a number of ways including a national network of branches, accredited volunteers, regular regional conferences and freephone and email helplines.


Research projects and consultation exercises requiring participants

  • All disabilities

  • Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

  • Visual impairment

  • Hearing impairment

  • Mobility

  • Mental Health

  • Medical conditions

    All disabilities

    Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

    Visual impairment

    Hearing impairment

    Mobility

    Mental Health

    Medical conditions

    Employment and training schemes

  • All disabilities

  • Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

  • Visual impairment

  • Hearing impairment

  • Mobility

  • Mental Health

  • Medical conditions


    All disabilities

    Employ-ability

    A major not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting people with all disabilities into employment. The scheme provides details of permanent, woek placement and training workshop opportunities throughout the year.

    Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

    Visual impairment

    ABAPSTAS is the only national organisation of visually impaired people which focuses on education and employment issues.

    ABAPSTAS was founded in 1970 by a small number of visually impaired people with the primary aim of supporting students, teachers and lecturers. Since then, ABAPSTAS has grown into a national self-help and campaigning organisation. Their main focus is still on education and employment but members now include people who have moved into careers other than teaching.

  • Hearing impairment

  • Mobility

    Mental Health

    Medical conditions


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