Disability

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and advice about mental health.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Action on Hearing LossThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Offers a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for RNID.

Adult Learning 

Part of West Lothian Council's service to help adults become more confident with their: reading, writing and numbers: everyday literacy and numeracy skills, or who is experiencing hearing loss and wishes to learn lip-reading skills. Provide a free service with access to workshops, short courses and ongoing individual learning.

Ark Housing Association Ltd. ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provision of housing, support, etc. for those with learning difficulties.

Aspire: supports people with spinal injury  

Offer cover a range of services and are available to new patients in the NHS Spinal Cord Injury Centres, to those who have just been discharged from hospital and to people who have been living with their injury for years. 

BespokenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New social networking site which aims to help people with disabilities share solutions and work directly with companies and designers on products that might help them.

Blue Badge scheme 

Blue Badge scheme allows drivers of passengers with severe mobility problems to park close to where they need to go.

British Red Cross This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, get the support they need if crisis strikes. Such as hiring a wheelchair, support in your home and help if you're a refugee.

British Telecom - for those who need extra help with communications

If you or someone you know has an impairment (hearing, sight, spa each and language, mobility, dexterity, understanding technology) discover more about the impact it can have on day-to-day life, and how BT can help.

Calibre Audio LibraryThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calibre Audio Library brings the pleasure of reading to people who have a sight problem, dyslexia or physical disabilities, through a free nationwide postal service of recorded books on MP3 disks and standard cassettes.

Capability ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National disability information and advice service. Has a database called Fund-Finder.

Carers of West Lothian 

Information, advice and support for all unpaid carers and people with disabilities.

Challenger Children's FundThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grants to children under the age of 18 with a physical disability, resident in Scotland. For clothing, holidays, etc.

Coram Family and Childcare

Work to make the UK a better place for families, focusing on childcare and the early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term.

Council for Disabled Children This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Produces information, advice or support and guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children and children with special educational needs.

CrossReach 

Social care and support service by the Church of Scotland. Available to all people in Scotland.

Cue and Review Recording Service

Scottish registered charity that transcribes print magazines and newspapers into audio formats for the benefit of visually-and-reading-impaired people. 

Deaf Action 

Provides a range of services to people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deaf blind and hard of hearing.

Disability Information Scotland 

Provides information on a range of disability related topics through their helpline, website, information guides, newsletter social media. 

Disability Rights UK

Aims to promote “meaningful” independent living for disabled people as well as providing support for carers. Provides information, products and services developed by and for disabled people.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

Provides advice, information and training on independent living. Includes: helpline; general advice about things to consider when buying equipment; services for parents and carers of disabled children; Living made easy and Supplier Directory.

Donaldson's School

The School provides a Skills Based Education for Differently-Abled Children & Young People aged 5 to 18 whose main barriers to learning are communication difficulties arising from various additional support needs such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, deafness, hard of hearing and language disorders.

Down's Syndrome Scotland

Membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life for everyone with Down's syndrome in Scotland.

E.C.A.S. Equality Choice Action Support

Support people in Edinburgh and Lothian who have a physical disability. Run a wide range of activities to improve confidence, wellbeing and quality of life (for people over 18). Give grants to help people (of any age) buy goods and services which they can’t get from public funding. provide friendship and companionship (befriending) for people over 18.

Eczema Outreach Support (EOS) 

Eczema Outreach Support offers supports for families of children & young people affected by eczema in the UK. 

ENABLE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Provides support that enables people who have a learning disability to find work, develop their skills and live the life they choose.

Enquire

The Scottish Advice Service, provides advice and information about additional support for learning legislation and guidance for families and professionals.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

Equality and Human Rights in Scotland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Commission in Scotland champions equality and human rights for all. Advice and guidance to individuals, businesses and voluntary and public sectors. Aims to be an authoritative voice of reform.

Family Fund 

Independent grant-giving organisation helping low-income families caring for a severely disabled child.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Work to deliver mobility and access services that meet the needs and aspirations of blind and partially-sighted people (adults, children and young people services) in the United Kingdom.

Handicabs

Handicabs is a charitable company that was set up in 1982 to provide accessible transport for people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Company provides two services: Dial-A-Ride and Dial-A-Bus

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Train dogs to alert deaf people to specific sounds in home, workplace or public buildings.

Hft (merged with Self Unlimited)

A national charity, providing services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. Services range from residential care and day opportunities to supported living/domiciliary care at home.

I CAN

Children's communication charity which offers help and advice to parents and practitioners  who are concerned about their child's speech, language and communication. Runs outreach programmes and develops intervention programmes. 

Inclusion Scotland

Enables communication and consultation between disabled people in Scotland and policy makers. Provides information on employment, communities and democracy, poverty and social security, health and social care and lots of other issues including information about new policy initiatives. 

Into Work  

Provide personalised employment advice and practical support for people with a disability or long-term health condition who live in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian.

Living made easy

Advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living developed by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) http://www.dlf.org.uk

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living

Rights & choices for disabled people, people with long term conditions and older people in Lothian. Support and offer information to people who are exploring how to meet their individual outcomes via Independent Living Support

National Autistic Society

Wide range of help and services: helpline, information, diagnosis and assessment, early intervention, NAS schools, support groups.

National Federation of Shopmobility This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directory of Shopmobility schemes across the UK.

National Talking Newspaper & Magazine Service  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides national newspapers and magazines in a variety of accessible formats: Audio tape, audio CD, and electronic service (e-mail, internet download, and MP3 Download) for the visually-impaired. 

Number 6This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One-stop shop for adults in Lothian who have Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism to assist them develop social skills, obtain employment or enter fulltime education.

Partners in Advocacy

Provide independent advocacy for individuals living in Scotland with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and people over 65. Also provide independent advocacy to children and young people who are living with mental health issues, additional support needs and learning disabilities. 

Rail Travel information for passengers requiring assistance e.g. disabled passengers

Information includes: travel assistance; accessible stations and stations made easy; mobility scooters; discounts; train facilities and further information.

Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC)

An independent consumer research charity providing free, practical information for disabled and older people about home life and getting out and about, based on independent research.

Riding for the Disabled

Provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or to carriage-drive to benefit their health and well being. 

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Provides the support, advice and products for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you're losing your sight or you're blind or partially sighted. Helpline 0303 123 9999

Scottish Autism

Helps those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in. Former name Scottish Society for Autism. Email available through website.

Scottish Blind Golf Society 

A voluntarily run organisation, providing quality competition and training in golf for registered blind and visually impaired people in Scotland.

SeeAbility

Specialist charity supporting adults who have multiple disabilities, including physical, mental, visual-impairment or life-limiting conditions. Email available through website.

Sense Scotland

Help for people who are deaf-blind or who have sensory impairment in communicating. Free advisory service and support including: early years: children and families: adults: living in your own home.

Signpost 

Advice, information and support to young people with additional support needs and their families in West Lothian. 

Unique - Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene Disorders 

Source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder or an autosomal dominant single gene disorder associated with learning disability and development delay, among other symptoms.

United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) Prayerline 

Telephone team that will pray with you and for you. or you can submit your prayer request by filling in an online form. 

West Lothian Disabled RamblersThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organising and running ramblers to allow disabled people access to the countryside. For people with all types of disability and age range. For more information e-mail us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or access West Lothian Council's website