We aim to ensure that deaf people in Scotland can access services and information across all sectors of society, from their local communities to what comes from government departments. We represent organisations working with and on behalf of people from across the full spectrum of deafness.
(v) 0141 248 2474
British Deaf Association
The BDA is the UK’s leading membership organisation and registered charity run by Deaf people for Deaf people. The BDA delivers a range of services to achieve its aims of empowering Deaf people to overcome difficulties that they face on a daily basis.
Care equipment and adapting your home
If you’re elderly, disabled or have a long term health condition and want help to live safely and independently in your home, using equipment, technology or making adaptations to your home may be a good option for you. This could include: getting equipment, like shower rails, adapting your home by installing a ramp or widening the doors, using everyday technology like computers or tablets to keep in touch with friends and family, or do your shopping online. Care Information Scotland can advise
0800 011 3200
Over 60 + or have a Disability? Eligible for free bus travel
If you are over 60 or have a disability, you could be eligible for free bus travel to get around Scotland and your local area. You can access this via the National Entitlement Card, your pass to free bus travel in Scotland.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland
As the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK, we understand how hearing loss can affect everything in your life from your relationships, to your education and your job prospects.We’re here to support and help you, so you can take back control and live the life you choose From day-to-day-care, to practical information, to campaigning for a fairer world for people with hearing loss, and funding research to find a cure, we’re taking action on hearing loss.
Wheelchair users and Disabled People
If you have physical disabilities, it may be easy to overlook fitness and exercise, but in fact it can bring many physical, emotional and social benefits to your health. You should still aim for the recommended physical activity guidelines of both muscle-strengthening and aerobic exercise. Finding an activity that works for you is key. You can do this on your own but consider contacting your local gym, leisure centre or Scottish Disability Sport and ask if they have inclusive opportunities.
Whether it’s for a few hours a day or seven days a week, we can offer you tailor-made support throughout Scotland. Our free advisory service is at the heart of Sense Scotland and is often the first point of contact for disabled people and their families.
0300 330 9292
Founded in 1946, Capability Scotland provides care, education and employment services for disabled children and adults across Scotland. They work with disabled people, their families and carers to provide a creative mix of services that meet their aspirations at all stages of their lives. Their specialist knowledge and broad range of flexible services allows them to promote independence and quality of life for disabled people throughout their lives.
0131 337 9876
Access for BSL Users
The Relay UK service provides a centralised relay service for people who are deaf and without speech.
0800 73111 888
Telecare Self-Check Online Tool
This is an easy to use online tool that allows you to find helpful information on telecare services in your area that could help you live independently at home for longer. The tool asks 6 – 12 questions and will take about 5 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the tool you will be given useful information relating to your answers.
Guide Dogs wants a world in which all blind and partially-sighted people enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else. Their mission is to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially-sighted people.
0800 953 0113
Deafblind UK supports people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. Losing your sight and hearing can be frightening. The charity’s team of experts is here every step of the way to show you life beyond sight and hearing loss.