The Aidis Trust offers a range of services to the disabled to help with their assistive technology needs.
It gives advice, assessment, installation of equipment and training in how to use the equipment both hardware and software.
Although it does not provide any grants its work is free to the disabled. It's website has recently been updated to include reviews of hardware and software to help with accessibility.
The Trust also runs its own shop with discounts on computers, hardware adaptations and software for the disabled though this is currently unavailable from the website.
ARCOS (the Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills) is a national charity supporting children and adults with communication and eating (swallowing) difficulties.
The organisation has it's own therapists who are able to provide a variety of therapies, expert witness statements and reports.
It also offers a free equipment loan service for trial, loan and rent of items such as augmentative and alternative communication aids and switches for computer access. They are also able to loan a Sapphire wheelchair - a saddle seated wheelchair providing a therapeutic and comfortable, upright sitting position.
The NDCS offers deaf children and their families a "Technology Test Drive". This is an opportunity to borrow radio aids and other specialist equipment to assess in their own home.
This allows families to gain evidence about the benefits of any equipment to help them to obtain the equipment long term from either the local authority or social services.
The NDCS are currently able to offer the following:
To borrow the equipment telephone the free helpline: 0808 800 8880 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sequal Trust provides help to severely disabled people who rely on electronic communication aids (AAC) and specialist computer access equipment.
To apply for assistance you need to become a member of The Trust by completing an on-line application form. An Assessment form will be sent for your healthcare professional to complete.
If you are successful the Trust will open a fund raising campaign on your behalf.
Other charities and trusts providing funding for computer equipment can be found in the AbilityNet Factsheet "Funding for an Adapted Computer"
Blindaid (London only)
Association for the Blind (Surrey only)
Speakeasier (for MS)
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