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Information and Advice
Centre for Independent Living - Northern Ireland
The Centre for Independent Living NI provides services for people using or considering using Direct Payments and/or Self-Directed Support.
It has a number of free information sheets on Direct Payments and how to manage your support. There is also templates for recruiting and employing staff.
Communication Matters is a charitable organisation which provides information on assessments, equipment and training with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
It has an on-line AAC forum, an e-library with downloadable resources, publications and details of AAC research.
The Gov website offers advice on equipment for the disabled. It also provides information on obtaining VAT relief on products for disabled people and how to use your direct payments to buy or hire equipment.
The Disabled Living Foundation
The Disabled Living Foundation provides excellent factsheets (downloadable from their website) and a telephone helpline offering free independent advice.
They also run an on-line guided advice and information service called AskSARA which helps you find ideas and products to make daily life easier.
In addition, the DLF has relaunched its impartial advice site on equipment 'Living made easy', including a special section for disabled children
It has also reopened the Youreable Forum for people with disabilities to share their experiences and support each other. There are 4 forums at present on benefits, work, health and travel.
Find a Voice
Find a Voice offers advice and support to children and adults who have severe speech, language and communication difficulties.
They provide information on augmentative and alternative Communication aids (AAC)and are able to lend equipment from their resource library to access suitablity.
The organisation may also be able to help source funding.
Going for Independence
Going for Independence offers free independent home assessments and information on equipment and adaptions.
It includes areas not covered by the council or health service, such as enabling access to the garden, arts and crafts, leisure activities, adjustments at work and getting into vehicles.
There is also a list of Independent Living Centres around the UK for local advice and equipment sales.
Ricability is a research charity dedicated to providing independent product advice and information to the elderly and disabled. Their product guides are very detailed and offer excellent insights into choosing and purchasing equipment. The guides can be downloaded from their website.