www.rnib.org.uk The RNIB`s Volunteer Unit for technology issues sources volunteers from all over the country who can visit registered blind or partially sighted people in their homes to assist with computer and IT problems such as PC set-up and general troubleshooting throughout the UK. The Volunteer Unit co-ordinates all requests for help and IT Home Visitor call-outs.g1Volunit@rnib.org.uk
ITCH Network (IT Can Help) The purpose of ITCH is to offer free computer assistance to individuals with disabilities by providing volunteers who will visit disabled people in their homes and at other locations such as day centres. More about their service . . .
Access to Work (ATW). If you have a disability, you may find that practical obstacles at work are stopping you making the most of your opportunities. ATW is designed to help you and your employer find solutions to these problems. More information . . .
Assist UK Leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Each centre includes a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment and get information and advice from professional staff about what might suit them best.There are over 325 advisors throughout the network who respond to an average ¼ million enquiries made each year.Disabled Living Centres also provide a valuable source of information relating to access, design and equipment for daily living. This can be especially useful to carers, older people and healthcare workers, students and manufacturers.
CENMAC Supports pupils and students with physical disabilities who are receiving their education in special and mainstream schools throughout Inner London. CENMAC is able to assess need, loan appropriate equipment and liaise with and train the adults who support the pupil to ensure effective use.
NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) is the national voice of local voluntary and commuity sector infrastructure in England. A membership of 360 work with 140,000 local community groups and voluntary organisations which provide services, regenerate neighbourhoods, increase volunteering and tackle discrimination, in partnership with local public bodies.
BBC My Web My Way. A website specially designed to help people to easily make adjustments to the browser, keyboard and mouse settings, so that the web is more accessible. Caters for Windos, Apple Mac and Linux operating systems.
MyGuide. A free online training resource where you can learn how to use a computer, how to use the internet and to search for information. A great place to start if you are a novice.
Disability support in Germany (in English). German law (Grundgesetz) forbids discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability. The Social Welfare Code IX (SGBIX), which came in to force in April 2001, is based on the idea of equal opportunities and participation rather than merely welfare. It focuses on rehabilitation and access for disabled people and stipulates levels of support depending on measurement of the degree of disability.