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 Basic Education 

Part of West Lothian Council's service. Their aim is to work with anyone over the age of 16 who can set goals to improve 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 CrossThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As well as Refugee Services there is support in the UK. In various local areas this may include Care in the Home, hire of wheelchairs , help with transport and home support for people aged 16-64 who have a physical disability.

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

A carer lead organisation campaigning for carers and their needs. Many useful health and care links. Well laid out fact sheets.

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.

Contact a FamilyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UK-wide charity provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

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.

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

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

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

Provides general disability information to organisations and members of the public both on its web site and via its helpline.

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.

Disability West Lothian Information Service This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all those in West Lothian with disabilities, their families and carers.

Disability West Lothian Transport This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community transport for the disabled in specially adapted minibuses.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides advice, information and training on daily living aids. 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'sThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scotland's national residential and day school providing education and care for pupils aged 2 to 19 who are deaf or have severe speech and language difficulties.

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

Dedicated to giving friendly and practical help to physically disabled people including everything from running classes through to providing individual grants for holidays and equipment and supporting initiatives to bring greater freedom to physically disabled people. Email available through website.

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

Eczema Outreach (Scotland) supports children & young people with eczema and their families in Scotland. Based in Linlithgow (West Lothian).

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.

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

The Scottish Advice Service for additional support for learning / special educational needs.

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

Work to deliver mobility and access services that meet the needs and aspirations of blind and partially-sighted people 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.

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

Enables communication and consultation between disabled people in Scotland and policy makers. Provides information on welfare benefits, health and social care and lots of other issues including information about new policy initiatives. 

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

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.

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

Offers information on accessible tourism and leisure venues in the UK for disabled and older people, and anyone with access needs.

Partners in Advocacy

Arranges volunteer 'advocates' to help speak for and befriend people with learning difficulties and those with communication problems. Has representation in West Lothian. For more information e-mail them or us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rail Travel information for disabled passengers 

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

Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) 

An independent consumer research charity providing free, practical and unbiased reports for older and disabled people. Formerly Ricability

Riding for the Disabled

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

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

Provides training in golf for blind and visually impaired people.

SeeAbility

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

Sense Scotland (HEBS)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help for people who are deaf-blind or who have sensory impairment in communicating.

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

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

A range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication.

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

Teaches blind, deaf and disabled people how to use computers, with a particular focus on Internet and email skills.

Unique - Rare Chromosome Disorder Supporter GroupThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them.

United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) PrayerlineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone and email contact that will pray with you / for you to bring God into the equation of your life.

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

West Lothian Taxicard

Provides information for West Lothian residents unable to use ordinary buses about who qualifies and how that can apply for a Taxicard.