On this page we will be featuring Websites and links that we think you may enjoy checking out. We’d appreciate feedback on any you try. Please do let us know of any others you come across that you think we should know about.
Please click on the linked name to access the Website.
- Art To Fly- All aviation paintings, drawings, pilot-signed aviation art prints, and other aviation artwork, together with aviation articles, pilot-signed aviation books, military documents and militaria have been generously made available to Art To Fly for the express purpose of raising funds for the Douglas Bader Disabled Children Flying Days. Every item is carefully chosen for its quality and value to collectors of aviation art and military memorabilia, and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity and Appreciation from the Douglas Bader Foundation. When you buy through Art To Fly your name is enrolled on the Douglas Bader Honours Board in appreciation of your contribution towards helping disabled children experience the joy of flight! Remember, all profits go to the Douglas Bader Foundation.
- The Gwennili Trust – Don’t Let a Disability Stop You. “Irrespective of age or disability, yacht sailing is easily accessible through the Gwennili Trust. Whether you are a first time sailor or an experienced sea dog we have something for you.”
- Team Anglia GB - Welcome to Team Anglia GB. The East Anglian Regional Amputee Football Squad.If you were born without a limb or have suffered an Amputation or loss of use of a limb you are able to join the Region’s Elite Squad.
- Discretely Different – Provides specially designed and manufactured underwear for women and men with a wide range of disabilities. The range has been extended to include nightwear, and all the garments are produced in the UK as a direct response to people’s needs and requests.
- Peter Close – A very gifted sculptor specialising in Military and Aviation work. An example of his sculpture can be seen on this Website by clicking HERE.
- Freedom in the Air – A unique flying school specifically for people with disabilities based in the UK. They aim to challenge, to educate and to give transferable skills through learning to fly and believe that flying aeroplanes can raise people’s sights, expand their horizons and improve their life chances thereby helping them to fulfil their potential.
- The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership – (SDGP) – “The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership is governed and operated by disabled people and is the only group in Scotland which actively encourages and involves anyone of any age, with a disability, serious health problem or mobility issue and their coaches, who wish to play golf and includes amputees, the blind, deaf, those with learning difficulties, downs syndrome, stroke and heart attack victims, wheelchair users and anyone with other similar issues, who wish to learn or play the sport.”
- RAFT (The Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust) - RAFT is an independent registered charity carrying out pioneering research into practical and affordable ways to save and repair skin. Around the world, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people are affected by skin disfiguring illnesses and damage such as burns, wounds and skin cancer. RAFT is here to help them.
- KartForce - A truly inspirational project with a goal of providing injured troops with memorable, adrenalin packed experiences. Unlike other similar events, which have a primary aim of raising funds, KartForce focuses on providing the injured troops themselves with the opportunity of enjoying action packed experiences of racing and socialising, something they never thought they could do again.In parallel to this, KartForce also has an agenda to raise funds, for organisations that support injured British forces personnel; and provide a lasting legacy whereby the event concept and infrastructure carries forward to provide similar activities at kart circuits around the UK.
- The Counselling 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. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.”
- Disability Snowsport UK – “Together we can make skiing accessible to everyone!”
- British Rowing/Adaptive Rowing – Rowing for People with a Disability: Adaptive rowing is rowing for persons with a disability and is about removing barriers to participation in the sport for anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment.
- Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball – The Lincolnshire arm of Sitting Volleyball. This is a wonderful sport and is pretty much unique in that it can be played across the able-bodied/disabled spectrum and by mixed sex teams. It is a great sport for amputees. It is supported by Volleyball England and Great Britain will be fielding a team at the Paralympic Games this year. We will be adding the National Link in due course but for now you can find out more by contacting the Lincolnshire Branch who will be able to tell you if there’s a branch in your area.
- Bond Holidays – Fully Accessible Holidays & Respite Breaks. Mission Statement: “Here at Bond Holidays we provide specialist accommodation, transportation, respite breaks, tailor made care packages and equipment for the disabled visitor. We are committed to raising the general public’s awareness of the difficulties faced on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the years we tirelessly campaign throughout the country in order to highlight our mission, which is to provide affordable, comfortable, quality holidays for people living with disability”
- Prestige Keep Moving Insurance Policies – They provide a special car insurance scheme written for the specific needs of the disabled community, disabled passengers, and for their families or carers, for example: New for old cover for adaptations to vehicles, A ‘keep moving’ clause in the event of an accident or theft, Cover for wheelchairs.Cover for vehicles that have been adapted for disabled passengers. Their premise is that “Based on claims statistics, we believe people with disabilities and their family members are more careful drivers and therefore less likely to make a claim. This means that we are able to quote lower insurance premiums…” *Another advantage of the scheme is that Prestige will pay the DBF £10 for every new policy taken out by our supporters and £5 for every renewal, so please don’t forget to mention us if, after checking the details, you do decide to take out a policy with them.
- The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) – The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a member of RYA Sailability. It is a charity that owns 2 unique tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious, which were designed and built to take people of all abilities sailing, side by side, on equal terms. Tall ship sailing holidays with the JST provides everyone the thrill and adventure of life at sea and you can be involved in almost every activity on board. Take the helm, set the sails and keep watch, all regardless of your physical ability and previous sailing knowledge. Costs are subsidised on every voyage to make their tall ship adventures as affordable and inclusive as possible. Extra bursary funding and fundraising advice is also offered for those individuals who might struggle to afford the full voyage cost.
- Maltron Ergonomic Keyboards – Manufacture and sell “the world’s most advanced range of ergonomic keyboards” offering an ideal typing solution for a variety of needs. The product range is developed as a result of extensive research over many years and includes keyboards designed to relieve or prevent keyboard-related RSI pain, “finger-friendly” flat keyboards, specially designed keyboards enabling typing speeds of up to 85 wpm using a single hand, single finger or head/mouth stick ergonomic keyboards designed to minimise movement, adjustable expanded keyboards designed to minimise typing errors for people with impaired motor control and more. You can see the brochure HERE. An associated company that makes enabling products might also be of interest:
- Enabling Technology - IT and Training for all abilities. Features a “Skoog”, an “exciting, new musical instrument designed to empower those unable to play traditional musical instruments”. To see this and their other products you can view their brochure HERE.
- DysNet – DysNet is the new global network aimed at connecting anyone who is affected, personally or professionally, with limb differences (dysmelia). There are many individuals with dysmelia, their families and support groups across the world who have made discoveries about great resources, adaptations, medical treatments to help themselves, their children or their patients. DysNet wants to bring all that knowledge together in an accessible database so that everyone who needs to find out this type of information doesn’t have to spend hours searching. Why reinvent the wheel over and over, when someone in a similar position somewhere else in the world can offer a solution?
“We aim to be inclusive, collaborative and communicative. This is YOUR network where you can find information and contribute your own.”
- MisterWhat UK Business Directory - Find a company, firm, shop, telephone number, address, local map and more! MisterWhat provides a comprehensive business directory of UK companies. The local listings are free to consult. You can find the company, firm, shop, restaurant, product or service you are looking for quickly and easily. Company profiles include useful information like address, postcode, phone number, business category, local map and more!
- Wish a Holiday - A web-based business designed to support disabled people to access facilities within the community. Each establishment is provided with a mobility score divided into three key areas – accommodation, places of interest and finally places that you can gain refreshments. In each of the three core areas a mobility score is next to each facility. There are four scores ranging from level 1 to level 4. This will enable a you to choose a holiday safely in the knowledge that it is going to meet your needs.
- AbilityNet – “AbilityNet is a UK charity with a global reach, offering expert information and services on technology and disability. Their vision is a world where accessible IT is available to all those with accessibility and disability needs. The charity helps disabled adults and children to use computers and the internet to change their lives at work, at home and in education.
- The Mountain Trike – The All Terrain Wheelchair: “The Mountain Trike offers riders the freedom to venture out around town or into the countryside. Whether that is to the beach, down muddy tracks, over grass or along cobbled streets, gravel driveways and even through snow. We call this All-Terrain. With a conventional wheelchair, the smallest everyday journey or outdoors activity can seem daunting. The Mountain Trike gives riders the ability to go to places that were completely inaccessible previously, whilst maintaining the function and versatility of a standard wheelchair.”