weblinks - charities


The following is a list of organisations and individuals we may have made reference to within the site.

Leading UK Charities

AbilityNet - the only charity in the UK that works with people with all disabilities and of all ages, helping them to use computers and the internet to improve their lives at home, at work and in education

Alzheimer Scotland - services across Scotland for people with dementia, their families and carers

Alzheimer's Society - support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Cancer Research UK

Capability Scotland - a charity supporting children in Scotland with cerebral palsy to go to school, get a job and look forward to a more independent lifestyle

Cedar Foundation - supporting and empowering children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Ireland; with a focus on cerebral palsy

Child Brain Injury Trust - helps children and young people with brain injury, their families and professionals

Communication Matters - UK charity which campaigns for those with no speech; provides information on AAC; and organises events such as roadshows, study days, and an annual AAC conference.

Down's Syndrome Association - the only organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which supports people with Down's syndrome at every stage of life

Down's Syndrome Scotland - the only organisation in Scotland focusing solely on the needs of people with Down's syndrome

Enable Scotland - working for a better life for children and adults in Scotland with a learning disability

Headway - a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.
Headway is the UK brain injury association and produces a booklet 'Coping with communication problems after brain injury'

Huntington's Disease Association - support, help and advice on Huntington's Disease for England and Wales

MacMillan Cancer Support - the largest cancer care and support charity, providing practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care for various types of cancer, including brain tumours and cancer of the larynx

Medical Research Council Prion Unit at University College London

Mencap - learning disability charity for England, Northern Ireland and Wales

MIND - Mental health charity for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

MND Scotland - the only charity funding research and providing care and information for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland

Motor Neurone Disease Association - the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that funds and promotes global research into the disease and provides support for people affected by motor neuron(e) disease (MND)/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Multiple Sclerosis Society - MS charity

National Autistic Society - for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families

Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health

Parkinson's UK - Parkinson's Disease support and research charity

PMLD Network - support organisation for profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

Scope Disability Charity - supporting disabled people and their families in England and Wales; with a focus on cerebral palsy

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Spinal Injuries Association - national charity for spinal cord injured people

Stroke Association - changing the world for people affected by stroke

Other Support Organisations

1Voice - network and support for chidren and families using communication aids; involving AAC role models

AAG SIG - Augmentative & Alternative Communication Special Interest Group

Afasic - a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families

College of Occupational Therapists - national professional body for occupational therapy

The Communication Trust - a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations

Find A Voice - a charity providing advice and support to people with speech and communication difficulties

Focus on Disability - support, advice, information and resources for disabled people, the elderly and their carers in the UK

Hft - HF Trust; a national charity providing local support services for people with learning disabilities throughout England

IPSEA - Independent Parental Special Education Advice; providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs

ISAAC - The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication; working to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists - the professional body for speech and language therapy in the UK

Sequal Trust - committed to bridging the communication gap for disabled people of all ages throughout the UK

Speech Teach UK - speech therapy resources for parents and professionals supporting children with speech and learning difficulties

Talking Mats Centre - Talking Mats is an established communication tool, which uses a mat with symbols attached as the basis for communication

December 2012