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.
We welcome enquiries from any individual, or from someone acting on their behalf.
Address: AbilityNet Scotland
PO Box 28423
Telephone: 0131 331 6381 or National Helpline: 0800 269545
Association for Limbless in Fife
Association for Limbless in Fife is a self help support group for people of all ages who have lost limbs and for their families, friends and carers. They meet every second month in Kirkcaldy, issue a bimonthly newsletter and organises social events.
Address: Association for Limpless in Fife
139 South Parks Road;
Glenrothes; Fife; KY6 1NT
Telephone: George Whyte; Secretary 01592 752914
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.
Address: Blue European Parking Badge Scheme for Disabled Persons
Blue Badge Administration
Fife House; North Street
Glenrothes; KY7 5LT
Telephone: 08451 55 00 66
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;
Edinburgh; EH12 6HY
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. We offer advice in the following areas:
~ Community care
~ Further and Higher Education
~ Consumar Contract
~ Disability Discrimination
The advice we give is free, and the service offers complete confidentiality.
Address: Disability Law Service
39-45 Cavell Street;
London; E1 2BP
Telephone: 0207 791 9800
Disability Rights Commission (DRC) Helpline
The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body, established by Act of Parliament to eliminate discrimination faced by people with disabilities, and to promote equality of opportunity. It works with people with disabilities and their organisations, the business community, Government and public sector agencies to achieve practical solutions.
Address: DRC Helpline
Disability Rights Commission
Stratford Upon Avon;
Warwickshire; CV37 9BR
Telephone: 08457 62 2633
Textphone: 08475 622644
Dundas Resource Centre (Disabled Living Centre)
The Disabled Living Centre will give advice about a wide range of products and gadgets available to help with getting around the house and outdoors, in the kitchen, with household chores and in the bathroom, where the local shops are and how much you should expect to pay. Products can be tried out and free impartial advice and information gained from the Disabled Living Centre. This free service is also available to Senior Citizens, their friends and families, or anyone who needs some help to stay active and care for themselves. The Centre enables people to try out a wide range of products so that you can find out which ones suit you. They give unbiased, expert advice and information about what is available. Buying from a mail order catalogue allows you to select products and try them in your own time but you need to be sure you can get a full refund if the product is not suitable. The Disabled Living Centre will advise about reputable mail order Companies.
The Occupational Therapist is able to advise you and demonstrate the products on display. The range of equipment includes scooters, wheelchairs, riser reclining chairs, static chairs, bathing equipment, stair lifts, hoists and more.
The Centre also provides instruction courses in hoisting, manual and powered wheelchairs and bathing equipment. There are charges for these services.
Address: The Disabled Living Centre
Dundas Resource Centre
Oxgang Road; Grangemouth;
Stirlingshire; FK3 9EF
Telephone: 01324 50 4311
Equipment for Disabled - Environmental Control Systems
Equipment may be supplied by the National Health Service to people who are permanently disabled, or likely to become permanently disabled, by disease, injury or congenital defect to the extent that they are unable to perform such functions as answering the front door, or switching a light or a heater or television on and off. They must also:
~ have the ability and will to use the equipment, including the ability to learn how to use it
~ have passed the acute stage of illness and have survival propsects of at least one year; and
~ require all the facilities of the equipment and be unable to be helped by simpler or cheaper equipment which may be available from another sources.
A specialist assessment is required to determine a person's suitability and eligibility. Applications for the supply of environmental control equipment may be submitted by the patient, or carer, Doctor or Therapist who knows the patient well.
Address: Equipment for Disabled - Environmental Control Systems
Dr R L Sloan
Fife Rehabilitation Service
Sire George Sharp Unit
Windygates; Fife; 8 5RR
Telephone: 01592 712472
Lothian Disabled Living Group
Lothian Disabled Living Centre can give advice to people who need help with every day activities like getting out of the bath, doing the housework or climbing the stairs. There is a wide range of products and gadgets available to help with getting around the house and outdoors, in the kitchen, with household chores, and in the bathroom. We will give you advice about where the local shops are and how much you should expect to pay. Products can be tried out and free impartial advice and information gained from the Disabled Living Centre. This free service is also available to Senior Citizens, their friends and families, or anyone who needs some help to stay active and care for themselves.
The Centre enables people to try out a wide range of products so that you can find out which ones suit you. They give unbiased, expert advice and information about what is available. The Disabled Living Centre will advise about reputable mail order Companies.
The Occupational Therapist is able to advise you and demonstrate the products on display. The range of equipment includes scooters, wheelchairs, riser reclining chairs, static chairs, bathing equipment, stairlifts, hoists and more. An appointment should be made before visiting the Centre.
The Centre also provides instruction courses in hoisting, manual and powered wheelchairs and bathing equipment. There is also a wheelchair hire service. There are charges for these services.
Address: SMART Centre
Lothian Disabled Living Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital
Edinburgh; EH9 2HL
Telephone: 0131 537 9190
Shopmobility lends manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters to people with mobility difficulties for use within town centres of Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. With notice, a volunteer can assist with shopping – i.e. to push the wheelchair or be sighted guides.
Shopmobility also lends manual wheelchaors 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 both schemes.
Mercat Centre Car Park, Kirkcaldy (Tuesday to Saturdau, 10.00am - 5.00pm) - 01592 412199
Kingdom Centre Nulti Storey Car Park, Glenrothes (Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 4.30pm) - 01592 414199
Mercat Centre Car Park
Kirkcaldy, Fife; KY1 1NJ
Telephone: 01592 412199
Special Needs Information Point
SNIP, the Special Needs Information Point, is a registered charity independent of, but based within, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. SNIP exists to collect and provide information on services available for children with special needs and their families. ‘Special Needs’ means anything which causes a child to need extra care. This includes everything from such things as epilepsy and Spina Bifida to migraine headaches and asthma. There might not be a diagnosis for your child’s condition, or you may not have a specific question, but there could still be services available to help you, so do get in touch.
SNIP can find out all sorts of information about local and national self help groups, toys, benefits, equipment, activities and so on. If they do not know the answer they will find out for you, or refer you to an organisation which might be able to help you better. SNIP welcomes enquiries from parents, carers, relatives and profesionals or anyone else with an interest.
Address: SNIP - Special Needs Information Point
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
14 Rillbank Terrace;
Edinburgh; EH9 1LN
Telephone: 0131 536 0360 or Helpline: 0131 536 0583
The Disfigurement Guidance Centre
The Disfigurement Guidance Centre provides advice and support to people who are disfigured and their carers. They offers a wide range of publications for use by health professionals, people with a disfigurement, their family and friends and those who wish to raise their awareness of disfigurement.
Address: Doreen Trust
The Disfigurement Guidance Centre;
P O Box 7;
Cupar; Fife; KY15 4PF
Telephone : 01337 870280
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, universities). Update's membership services will benefit any agency that needs accurate, up to date disability related information relevant to Scotland.
Address: Rhonda McPhail
27 Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh; EH7 4JE
Telephone: 0131 558 5200