Disability Information & Equipment
AbilityNet is a national charity dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people through the use of computers and associated technology. They provide specialist help for people with all kinds of disabilities to enable them to use a computer at home, in education or in employment. Their aim is to make the benefits of using computers available to disabled children & adults. AbilityNet's consultancy staff offer a full assessment service at various venues, or can visit clients at home, in school / college or in the workplace.
Telephone: Helpline: 0800 269 545 or 01926 312 847
Blue European Parking Badge Scheme for Disabled Person
The Blue European Parking Badge Scheme is intended to help those who would be physically incapable of visiting shops, public buildings and other places unless allowed to park close to their destination. Badges are granted to those with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers, to registered blind people and to drivers with very severe upper limb disabilities who cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. Holders of a Blue European Badge are entitled to a range of parking concessions. Your social services department at your council will tell you how to apply for a Blue Badge.
Applicants must submit an application form which is available from a Fife Council Local Service Centre or from the address listed above.
Website: www.bluebadgescotland.org or
Address: Blue European Parking Badge Scheme for Disabled Persons
Blue Badge Administration
Fife House, North Street
Telephone: 08451 550 066
Capability Scotland works with disabled people of all ages and their families and carers throughout Scotland.
In addition to providing a range of modern, flexible services we are also a campaigning organisation, committed to using the influence we have to ensure disabled people achieve the same human and civil rights as the rest of society.
Address: Capability Scotland
Head Office, Westerlea
11 Ellersly Road,
Telephone: 0131 337 9876
Disability Law Service
The Disability Law Service is made up of solicitors, advisors and trained volunteers who provide up to date, informed legal advice for disabled people, their families, enablers and carers. The Service is funded to provide free, confidential advice in the areas of:
- Goods and Services (Disability Discrimination and Multiple Sclerosis enquiries only)
- Community Care
- Disability Discrimination
- Special Educational Needs
Address: Disability Law Service
First floor, Jack Dash House
2 Lawn House Close
Telephone: 020 7791 9800
Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland works to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect and promote human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. They aim to help Scotland develop in a way that values the ideals of respect, freedom, equality, dignity and fairness, the core principles that underpin ‘human rights’, and to promote equality across the nine "protected" characteristics of:
- Religion or belief
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
Address: Equality and Human Rights Commission
PO Box 26961
Telephone: 0141 228 5910
The Fife Community Equipment Store provides a loan service for specialised equipment and the provision of products to support the activities of daily living and nursing care of individuals in the community of Fife. The Store stocks over 600 different items varying from simple dressing and toileting aids to more specialised beds, hoists and pressure relieving equipment. They provide a home delivery and equipment uplift service for NHS Fife Primary Care Division and Social Work clients. They also arrange to uplift equipment direct from the clients home..
Address: Fife Community Equipment Store
Buko Business Centre
Telephone: 01592 583252
The Independent Living in Scotland project has been set up to:
- Support disabled people to have their voices heard by policy makers, decision makers and others in wider society
- Grow and strengthen the Independent Living Movement in Scotland
It also supports those disabled people who contribute to the national Independent Living Programme alongside the Scottish Government, CoSLA and NHS Scotland.
Address: Independent Living in Scotland
51 Wilson Street
Telephone: 0141 559 5013 ext 3313
Office 5, 15 Cromarty Campus
Fife KY11 2YB
The SMART Centre provides a wide range of rehabilitation technology services for the South East of Scotland, covering Lothian, Fife and the Borders. These include mobility and postural services (wheelchairs and special seating), prosthetics, orthotics and bioengineering services (artificial limbs and special equipment), a Disabled Living Centre and Gait Analysis Service. They also provide a national Driving Assessment Service.
Address: SMART Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital
133 Grange Loan
Telephone. 0131 537 9177
Shopmobility lends manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters to people with mobility difficulties for use within town centres of Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dunfermline. With notice, a volunteer can assist with shopping – i.e. to push the wheelchair or be sighted guides.
Shopmobility also lends manual wheelchairs for longer periods of loan e.g. recovery from accident / illness and for holidays.
Although the services are free of charge, to help with the running costs of the equipment a donation box is available at each scheme.
Kirkcaldy: Thistle Street Car Park (Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm)
Dunfermline: Kingsgate Multi-Storey Car Park, James Street entrance (Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm)
Address: Fife Shopmobility Ltd
Thistle Street Car Park
Telephone: 0844 335 6414
UPDATE is Scotland’s National Disability Information Service. They aim to improve the quality of life for disabled people in Scotland by enabling information providers to offer accurate, up to date and relevant disability related information.
Their main services are to member organisations and agencies throughout Scotland, including local, regional and national voluntary sector organisations, public sector agencies (e.g. social work, departments, libraries, and universities). Update's membership services will benefit any agency that needs accurate, up to date disability related information relevant to Scotland.
Hays Community Business Centre
4 Hay Avenue
Telephone: 0131 669 1600