Archive: February, 2010

British Sign Language

As the name would imply, British Sign Language (BSL) is the predominant form of sign language used in the United Kingdom. There is an excellent article on the Wikipedia website about BSL . Also there is a BSL website.

Other useful links

British Deaf Association – Sign Community
ScienceSigns – free online BSL dictionary for science subjects
EngineeringSigns – [...]

British Institute of Learning Disabilities

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) – Registered charity No: 1019663 – works to improve the lives of people in the UK with a learning disability.

Policy and research

BILD work with the government and other organisations to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. They also do research, such as how to include people with [...]

Brighton and Hove Albion's Disabilities Football Project

A mother of a 21 one year old lad (at the time of writing) who happens to have Down’s Syndrome has passed me details of the Brighton and Hove Albion’s Disabilities  Football Project.

Seagulls Specials

Seagulls Specials gives children of all ages and abilities opportunities to play football. But the club, part of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Disabilities [...]

Book: Down Syndrome - An introduction for carers and carers

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I was asked to review the third edition of Down Syndrome – An Introduction for Parents and Carers by the publishers, Souvenir Press, in December 2008. Not something I have previously been approached to do but I’m happy to give it a go.

Written by Cliff Cunningham, Visiting Professor of Applied Psychology at Liverpool’s John [...]


Birdworld(including Jenny Wren farm and Underwater World) is situated 3 miles south of Farnham on the A325. It is well signposted from the M3, junction 4 and also easily accessible from the M25. As it is local to us we have taken the family on a number of occasions, from when our son was very young, [...]

Benefits for People with Disabilities in the USA

In the USA, the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programmes are the largest of several Federal programs to provide assistance to people with disabilities. These programmes have considerable differences, but both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under [...]


Barnardo’s no longer run orphanages. But the commitment to their founder’s vision lives on so that Barnardo’s is now one of the UK’s leading children’s charities. Working directly with over 110,000 children, young people and their families every year, they run 383 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering [...]

Badshot Lea Saints (football team)

Badshot Lea Saints is a special needs football team that operates for boys and girls from age 4 to 17+. They are part of a thriving youth section of Badshot Lea FC, an FC charter standard community club.

They have players of all abilities who share one thing in common – the enjoyment of each other’s company [...]

Badaguish Outdoor Centre

Badaguish Centre, an outdoor activity centre located near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, is designed especially for people of all abilities as a place for them to explore, learn and develop new and exciting skills.

Speyside Trust is a Scottish Charity which has been providing high quality repsite care activity holidays at Badaguish for 25 years.

Speyside [...]

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance (AA) is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care because they are physically or mentally disabled.

You may get Attendance Allowance if:

You have a physical or mental disability, or both
Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself
You are aged 65 or [...]