Other organisations

There are a number of organisations offering services, information and resources for blind and partially sighted people.

General

Access Audio
Access Audio is the country’s leading supplier of Aural Aide - a portable audio commentary system currently being used to supply audio description at football, cricket and rugby clubs as well as theatres.

Adult Learning Web Resources
Comprehensive gateway to free educational sites on the web.

AIRS - Access to Information and Reading Services

Ask Vera
Ask Vera is a social enterprise that intends to make services more accessible for disabled people.

British Services
Comprehensive resource for those seeking the governing bodies, government departments, associations, organisations and resources for over 100 industries in the UK.

Carers Direct
Information, advice and support for carers through NHS Choices.

Change
Leading national equal rights organisation led by disabled people.

Computer Tech Support
A non-profit company that provides free, impartial technology advice and support to people with disabilities across the UK.

Counselling Directory
Free and confidential local guide to confidential support. Support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling covered, fees and contact details.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Directory
UK & Ireland Directory of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Disability Alliance UK
Disability related benefits and care information.

EQUIP
Electronic Quality Information for the Public is an NHS gateway to quality health and social care information for the West Midlands public.

Focus on Disability
A wide range of information, advice and contacts for disabled people and their Carers in the UK.

Go-Givers
Go Givers is a leading national programme for teachers, parents and children to develop caring, concerned citizens with the confidence and skills to make a difference to their communities, both local and global.

Mobility Aids Guide
Providing information on a wide range of products and equipment, allowing you to find the right independent living aids to help, and give comfort around the home.

Office for Disability Issues
The Office for Disability Issues works across government to ensure equality becomes a reality for disabled people.

Papworth Trust
The Papworth Trust provides a range of services for disabled people to ensure they have more equality, choice and independence in their lives.

Positive Eye
Provides a bespoke educational consultancy and training service, for people who work with children, young people and adults with a visual impairment.

RNIB College Loughborough
RNIB College Loughborough supports young people and adults who are blind, partially sighted or/and have other disabilities, to develop the skills and personal qualities needed to progress in life.

Scope
Scope is a charity working with disabled people in England and Wales. Email us at response@scope.org.uk or call free on 0808 800 3333.

SENFSG - Special Educational Needs Families Support Group
Reassuring parents of children with disabilities and additional needs that they are not alone and providing them with better information relating to their children’s education.

Whitestick
information portal to assist the visually impaired computer user locate information and services relating to blindness.

Assistive technology

AbilityNet
Helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Dolphin
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision and print impairments with a range of software products to give independence and make information accessible to everyone, wherever they are.

The Keyboard Company
Specialists to meet virtually every keyboard requirement.

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader
A free and open source screen reader that runs on Windows XP and later versions.

Professional Vision Services
CCTV products.

RWF Talking Software
Home of the Talking Dictionary.

Screenreader.net
Thunder is award-winning free screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight.

UCanDoIT
UCanDoIT is a charity teaching blind, deaf and disabled people a range of computer skills including email, the Internet and basic word processing in their own homes.

Employment and self-employment

British Library Business & IP Centre
To help you start, run and grow your business.

BBACT - Blind Business Association Charitable Trust
Self-employment assistance.

Health related

ABDO - Association of British Dispensing Opticians

Cancer Backup
Cancer Backup gives cancer patients and their families the up-to-date information, practical advice and support they need to reduce the fear and uncertainty of cancer. Their award-winning cancer information booklets have now been developed for audiotape.

The Eyecare Trust
Focused on the importance of good eye health. Raises awareness of all aspects of ocular health, the importance of regular eye care and good eye wear.

Fight for Sight
Fight for Sight is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.

Health@Work
Liverpool-based company providing health and safety training, plus support and advice in all aspects of workplace health and wellbeing.

Hypnotherapy Directory
Support network of UK hypnotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of hypnotherapy, fees and contact details. This service is free, confidential and easy to use.

My Local Optician
Find your local optician and about opticians in your area.

Primary Health Net
Network for all those connected to the provision of optical service and products in the UK.

Leisure related

Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
Accessible Britain Audio Guide is now available as a free audio download.

Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Providing materials in braille for blind and visually impaired people.

Azabat
Games CDs.

Cue and Review Recording Service

Fieldsman bookshop
Images for the senses. A range of talking pictures and tactile greetings cards. Family owned business stocking a large range of titles to suit all ages and tastes.

Hampshire Goalball Association

Heathrow airport guide
The definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around the world's busiest international airport.

Kiran Talking Newspaper
Three talking newspapers in three Indian languages: Gujarati, Hindi and Bengali, distributed free of charge to blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

Livability
A holiday website providing holidays for disabled people, their friends and families in accessible accommodation.

Mercury Theatre
Mercury Theatre in Colchester offers a range of audio described performances.

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines

Traveleyes
Worldwide holidays for both blind and sighted travellers.

VocalEyes
Nationwide audio description company for blind and partially sighted people providing access to the best in the arts.

Vitalise
National charity providing short breaks and other services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers.

Yorkshire Blind Cricket Association
Up to date news and information for those playing cricket for the visually impaired or for friends, family and supporters of VI cricket in Yorkshire.

Transcription services

A2i
Transcribe text to alternative formats, to enable visually impaired people to have equal access to information.