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Links to other organisations that may be able to offer help and/or assistance on disability issues.

 


About Access

About Access provides a wide range of services concerning disabled accessibility.


Ableize Disability and Mobility Resource

UK disability and health web directory. Offers advice, information, disabled goods, facilities and services with comprehensive listings of specific disabilities, on access issues, education, news and the arts.


Access Consultant

Access All Areas established in 2003 provides comprehensive disability access audit services and is run by a wheelchair user that not only understands but lives disability.


The Accessible Planet


from cars to stair lifts


Acorn Stairlifts

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Acorn Stairlifts are World leaders in the manufacture, installation and innovation of stairlifts.


Animals at Home

Welcome to Animals at Home East Birmingham. We are proud to provide top class pet care services to Solihull, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Stechford, Hodge Hill, Water Orton, Acocks Green and surrounding areas.


Apparelyzed

Spinal Cord Injury peer support website and discussion forum.


Birmingham Disability Resource Centre (BDRC)

BDRC provides a range of services to disabled people and their support networks living in Birmingham including general information & advice, counselling, support groups & activities and employment preparation.


Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Society

We are a group of people from the city of Birmingham who are all linked by multiple sclerosis (MS), whether we have it ourselves or a family member or a friend has it, or we are carers. We are pleased to help anyone who is affected by MS whether they are a member or not. Branch contact number: 0156 477 3025.


Braille Cards

This is a really excellent shop. Well run and very prompt, helpful and efficient. We highly recommend Braille Cards.


Bloch Healing: ‘Person-Centered’ Touch Psychotherapy A new approach to therapy for people with disabilities

What is ‘Person-Centered’ Psychotherapy?
Person-centered therapy is probably the most broadly influential of the various modern approaches. It is based on the evidence that when genuine and deep relating takes place between therapist and client, then the client becomes more able to trust themselves in relationship with another person. This trust is the fundamental basis of psychological well-being.

Although the ability to talk through problems can be helpful, all of the evidence from scientific research shows that it is the quality of the relationship that develops between therapist and client that is the most important factor in successful therapy. The most successful therapists are those that foster trusting and genuine relationships with their clients – and generally these therapists are the most worthy of trust (they tend to be genuine, honest, empathic and kind in the therapeutic relationship) and are the most open to relating deeply with their client.

The problem with talk therapy for people with disabilities
The traditional psychotherapeutic relationship may involve a range of ways of communicating, including touch, gesture, facial expression and so on. However, the most important means of communication is generally considered to be the words that are spoken. This can present a challenge to the nearly 10% of people in developed countries who are thought to have significant communication difficulties including speech, language and hearing disorders.

In addition, for people with certain physical disabilities, talk psychotherapy does little directly to address the relationship between the person and their physicality. Where pain, discomfort or physical limitations are experienced as a major part of a person’s suffering, saying how you feel about these problems is scarcely sufficient to represent them to the therapist in a way that allows the therapist to experience and acknowledge them.

The advantages of touch therapy
Touch therapy has some advantages over talk therapy for any client. The conventions of dialogue with language - thinking, analysing and explaining - are bypassed by the directness of touch. And many people find it easier to allow the open interpersonal contact necessary for healing when they do not feel that they must explain and define themselves until they can feel sufficiently understood and accepted to trust the therapist. There is something fundamental about touch that allows people almost immediately to be touched in a therapy session in a way that permits a level of relating that might take months, or even years, in talk psychotherapy.

For people with communication disabilities, touch therapy has obvious advantages. For people with other disabilities, the sensitivity of the Healer to their physical nature, including muscle tone, posture, balance, etc, can be very important. The skilled touch therapist is able directly to experience much of the physical aspect of the client’s difficulties and this may be of particular assistance to clients suffering from chronic discomfort or pain. Some clients have said that they have been waiting all of their lives to be touched in this way. For people who have experienced physical abuse, the therapeutic contact is often experienced as a direct ‘antidote’ to the earlier injury and abuse of trust.

For the therapist also, touch has many advantages. It is well known that words lack the compass and uniformity of meaning ever fully to convey the near infinite layers of information that may potentially be communicated to another person. With touch, communication is in a form more comparable with music in its potential for both immediacy and complexity.

What is different about Bloch Healing?
With Bloch Healing, communication between therapist and client occur primarily through the medium of a subtle and sensitive touch. There are some other types of psychotherapy that use touch, but these generally include doing something to the client, whereas in Bloch Healing the only goal of touch is to facilitate a sensitive communication between therapist and client.

What is the Bloch Healing session format?
Sessions last for about 40 minutes. Everyday, comfortable clothes are ideal for sessions, and none need to be removed. Most sessions take place sitting in a chair, although it is also possible for clients to make use of a therapy couch if this is more comfortable. The therapist places their hands on the client in a manner that is gentle and non-intrusive and the atmosphere of sessions is informal and relaxed.

What are the goals and benefits of Bloch Healing?
The goals of Bloch Healing include an increased ability to access and trust in one’s own thoughts, feelings and values, free from interference, and to make fuller connections with other people and with the world in general, together with an increasing openness to change. The benefits include a sense of freedom to live life to the best advantage of oneself and others, an openness to intimacy, a general sense of mental and physiological freedom, emotional well-being, the ability to think clearly, greater creativity and originality of thought and better physical health.

The hands-on method of Bloch Healing also encourages better posture, mobility, balance and relief from the commonest forms of musculoskeletal pain. The client’s body tends to re-orientate as the manner in which they move becomes a fuller and more complete expression of who they most deeply and fully are as a person.

Is Bloch Healing suitable for everyone?
Most people who are suitable candidates for psychotherapy are able to benefit from Bloch Healing. In addition, people with physical and cognitive disabilities, even profound disabilities, are usually able to benefit from this approach. However, Bloch Healing may not be helpful to people with certain psychoses or personality disorders, or to people who dislike being touched.


Cramlington Mobility

Mobility equipment hire and sales.


Counselling and Psychotherapy Directory

The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help.


Disabled Birders Association

The Disabled Birders Association is a relatively young organisation seeking to improve access for people with disabilities to reserves, facilities and services for birding. We have members across the world but the majority live in the UK. There is a separate chapter in the USA.


DisabledGo - National Disabled Access Information

The information provided by DisabledGo is designed to provide the broadest range of fine-grain access information for a wide range of disabled people. It is the most in-depth disabled access information guide ever. The information is designed to empower disabled people to make their own informed decisions as to the usability of the venue based on their own particular access requirements.


DisabledInfo

Disabled information for the disabled from the disabled.


Disability Dates

The best site for people with disabilities/disabled people. We welcome people from around the world - straight, gay, and from all backgrounds. Join for free, and women receive a free one-month upgrade.


The Disabilities Trust

The Disabilities Trust is a fast-growing charity offering leading-edge services to people with disabilities across the UK.


Disability UK

Disability UK. the worlds most popular disability information site. Over TEN million visitors and still growing.


Disability World

disabilityWORLD.com was established in 1999 by William and Don McQueen. This site was created out of frustration of where to find relevant information for my disabled son - fingers crossed, - someone, somewhere may benefit from the information contained in this Web Site.
We have been working since then to setup a comprehensive directory of information and web sites for the disabled both within the UK and International.


Disability Writes

Disability Writes - the creative writing 'school' for disabled people where you can communicate with disabled writers, work at your own pace, get feedback on your creative writing, writing tips and the possibility of being published on the site. Fully moderated site; staff are disabled themselves/and or have disability awareness. Subscriptions can be purchased using Personal Budgets/Direct Payments - costs less than £10 a week.
Many thanks
Liz @ Disability Writes


Disabled Workers Co-operative

Find the product, service or skill you need provided by a local disabled worker. Disabled workers can register their service FREE on the Disabled Workers Database.


Equality and Human Rights Commission

The 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.


Forum of Mobility Centres

A network of 17 independent organisations covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who offer professional, high quality information, advice and assessment to individuals who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or injury which may affect their ability to drive, access or egress a motor vehicle.


Fibromyalgia Support

A free, unbiased web site which is a great web portal about anything and everything to do with Fibromyalgia.


Firefly Mobility

Online UK suppliers of mobility products, home physio equipment and daily living aids for the disabled and elderly.


Focus on Disability

Focus on Disability the online resource dedicated since 1999 to the assistance of adults and children who have a disability, long term illness or mobility problem in the UK.


Gay to Z

Excellent LGBT site and search engine.


GUiDE Information Service

Free health, social care, welfare and disability information service


Living with cerebral palsy

A website for people living with cerebral and associated problems.


Mabels - Disability aids

Providing assisted retirement living, discount medical supplies, mobility aids, disability aids, disability equipment, mobility products uk & much, much more for seniors & senior citizens.


Midshires Powerchairs

Midshires are a long established, family run business with over 30 years experience in the customer service sector. Our trained staff can offer a professional assessment for the provision of a range of mobility equipment on a nationwide basis.


Mobility-Advisor.com

Educational resource with information on wheelchairs, scooters, wheelchair sports and recreation, mobility aids, and support organizations to enhance the lives of individuals of all ages who need mobility assistance.


Rajinder Sandhu - Business Intelligence Reporter

Rajinder Sandhu - software developer and a freelance business intelligence reporter from the West Midlands.


Motability Car Scheme

The Motability Scheme enables those in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (with at least 12 months’ award remaining) to lease a car, wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair.


NursingHomeAbuse.net

NursingHomeAbuse.net exists to raise awareness of the growing nursing home abuse epidemic, to educate the public about its root causes, to help residents and their families prevent abuse, and to help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.


Snowdrop

Snowdrop is a consultancy in child development which specialises in providing programmes of rehabilitation for children who suffer developmental difficulties.


Solihull Wellbeing

Emma Bryce a qualified Holistic Massage Therapist with an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage. Also a qualified and registered Hypnotherapist.


Top Disability Websites

Free Categorised Listing for Websites for Disabled People in the UK & US


Totally Yours

Totally Yours is a web based directory of product and service providers, primarily aimed to help those living with disability or for older people.


Turn2us

Turn2us exists to help people access the money available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help.


Voluntary Sector Jobs

Welcome to Voluntary Sector Jobs. You will find a wide range of great charity jobs and third sector jobs here including jobs in fundraising, communications, marketing, accountancy, IT, social care, HR and much more.


Wheelchair Accesible Vehicles

We sell wheelchair accessible vehicles in Scotland, England and Wales.

 

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