This page provides information to increase understanding of disability and awareness of the support available for disabled people, including links to information which were collated by Disability Action Alliance members.
This page was updated on 07/04/16. We will continue to add to this page over time. However, if you are aware of any helpful resources that are not included on this page, please contact us.
www.counselling-directory.org.uk/disabilities.html – Counselling Directory item on disability
NHS England statistics – This resource allows you to check statistics and changes for specific areas of health care that would directly affect you. It also informs on debate, decision making and research both within government and by the wider community.
Current Attitudes towards disabled people – This document contains research by Scope, including recommendations from disabled people about the positive changes that would make important differences to various areas of their lives.
Disability Rights UK online factsheets and guides – Providing basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues for claimants and advisers. Other guidance can also be purchased from their website.
Dementia: through their eyes – A guide to person-centred dementia care developed in association with The Good Care Group
Include me TOO – music video – This video can be used to raise awareness of disability and promote positive attitudes and respect towards disabled people.
Mind Online Information & support – This provides information on mental health conditions, treatment options and other practical issues.
Supporting parents – This is a centre for parent information and resources.
The Disability Museum – This organisation fosters research and study about the historical experiences of disabled people and their communities.
Information about incontinence can be found on the The Cystitis & Overactive bladder foundation website.
Every disabled person faces different challenges and health conditions. Useful info on life with a disability is available here from the NHS Chioces Website. (Including information on: Support for living independently & Caring for carers)
New Acas guide launched on disability discrimination on 3rd December 2015 can be viewed or downloaded from the Acas website here. Or you can use the links below to download each separate document:
“Ensuring people with disabilities are not invisible” news article by Lucy Drescher, co-chair of the Bond Disability and Development Group was published on 3 December, by Department for International Development (DFID) on the Gov.UK website. It tells us about the work DFID has been doing, including the relaunch of the DFID Disability Framework and progress being made to ensure all the work that is funded is disability inclusive.
The Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE) aims to make inclusive design central to the education and training of built environment professionals. News and updates on the project can be found on the GOV.UK website here.
During March 2016 Time to Change has launched their “Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces Report” which can be downloaded here. They also have a limited number of printed copies also available. If you would like to be sent one then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Hate Crime
HearFirst have provided a video called ‘Disability Hate Crime: Our experiences’, which is available to view below. It shows several disabled people who have been exposed to disability hate crimes talking about their experience.
I am Scotland – This highlights an organisation working in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime.
Disability Hate Crime Network – There are a number of online resources and links available through the network.
Radar guidance on disability hate crime – This provides resources developed by Disability Rights UK in partnership with the Office for Disability Issues, ACPO and partners.
Entertainment, Leisure, Sport, Retail, Travel & Holidays
The Inclusive and Accessible Stadia Report and supplementary guidance were launched by the Ministers for Disabled People (Justin Tomlinson MP) and for Sport, Tourism and Heritage (Tracey Crouch MP) on 16th September 2015.
Be an inclusive tennis venue – New guidance about inclusive tennis including the accessibility of facilities.
Making your holiday home accessible – This chart explains the benefits for holiday home owners in improving their property and making it more accessible .
Inclusive Fitness Initiative – Use this website to find details of over 400 accredited gym facilities, which are accessible to disabled people across the country. Search it for your local facility.
Sports participation opportunities – This website provides an online search for many activities in all sorts of sports, at lots of locations.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training – This web page provides information on this training initiative, which seeks to improve confidence in delivering sports based activities to disabled people.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE – This site provides information about free training and resources to help teachers and school staff learn how to provide high-quality PE for all young people.
Access for all: EFDS inclusive communications guide – The English Federation of Disability Sport produced a guide to inclusive communications, in partnership with Big Voice Communications which can be downloaded for free. It supports providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.
EFDS Inclusion Club Hub – This hub is a free online tool for sports clubs. You can use it to access a free report on your club and gather information on how to improve your activities for disabled people.
The Association of Convenience Stores – This best practice guidance from The Association of Convenient Stores outline some of the ways in which retailers can accommodate the needs of disabled customers in store.
CheapOAir Travel Accessibility Resources – This resource is from an American website, and although the language may not be quite the same as we use in the UK (does not always fit with the social model), we have included it, as it still contains lots of helpful information for disabled people traveling by Air.
DisabledGo – This website has access guides to thousands of places to go including restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions and more for disabled people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. You can also view their Accessible Hotels in London information here.
On 27th January 2016 DisabledGo (DAA member) working in partnership with Bristol City Council and Destination Bristol launched their new Bristol Access Guide. This provides access information for 1,000 venues across Bristol including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks and cinemas. You can find this Bristol Access guide here.
OpenBritain – This is a one stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK providing a simple way to find accessible destinations and places to stay.
Accessible England – This website includes a downloadable guide to exploring England, as well as including links to information on ‘Accommodation and travel to suit everyone’s needs’ & ‘Places to visit’.
The fifth edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain (PDF) is available here. It’s packed with over 200 inspiring ideas for fantastic worry-free days out with reviews, hints and tips on some of the UK’s best attractions written by and for disabled people.