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Links to Useful Web-sites

To view any of the sites listed below, just click on the relevant organisation's name and your browser should access the site automatically. DAD cannot accept responsibility for information contained in other linked websites. We strongly advise users to check any information before acting or relying on it.

Aidis Trust

Aidis Trust website has been developed to help Disabled People make best use of information and communication technology by giving information, help and support on all aspects of disability computing.

Alan Shearer Centre

The Alan Shearer Centre uniquely enables people with a disability, and their carers, to share leisure time in a setting which provides wide ranging challenge, leisure, relaxation, respite and therapeutic opportunities.

The British Polio Fellowship

The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering approximately 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a neurological condition.

Care and Support Guide

This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers and people who are planning for their future care needs.

Carers UK

Carers UK is the leading campaigning, policy and information organisation for carers.

Caring for Disabled Children in Darlington

DAD supports the work of Caring for Disabled Children in Darlington (CDCD), which is run by parents for parents. Its aim is to bring parents together through termly events (Forums) to share information, listen to concerns and feed in views and ideas to service planners and providers.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Find out how we provide advice and about our advice partnerships.

Darlington Dolphin Centre

Darlington Learning Disability Live

Darlington Learning Disability Live's website is produced by the Darlington Learning Disability Partnership Board, intended to be a clear and eay way for people in Darlington to access advice and information.


Has set up a new Website aimed at improving the literacy skills of deaf pupils. The site provides chat rooms in which deaf people can swap messages and relevant news items.


A new interactive Website has been launched to cover deafness and sign language issues.

Department for Works and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for the Government's welfare reform agenda. Its aim is to promote opportunity and independence for all. It delivers support and advice through a modern network of services to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people.


Directgov is the place to turn to for the latest and widest range of public services and government information.

Direct Enquiries

Direct Enquiries is an online access register that gives businesses and service providers throughout the United Kingdom an opportunity to shout about what access and facilities they currently provide. Importantly it also provides details about what access and facilities they cannot provide today, but hope to provide in the future.

In association with two of the country's leading charities, RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) and the Employers' Forum on Disability, the register provides details about everything from entrances, lifts, toilets, counter heights, lighting, auxiliary aids such as Braille, large print, induction loops and lap trays, all the way through to staff assistance.

Disability Now

A campaigning newspaper. E-mail: editor@disabilitynow.org.uk

Disability Rights Commission

As of 1st October 2007 the Disability Rights Commission is now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK was formed through a merger of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living on 1st January 2012


Welcome to Do-it! Search our database for UK volunteering opportunities and find out all you need to know to become a volunteer.

Domestic Violence Forum in Darlington

Door to Door

The transport and travel website for disabled and less mobile people. It has been developed to give disabled people information about transport and advice about travelling using all forms of transport.

Education Centre (For children with Down Syndrome)

The Education Centre run an Early Development Group for pre-school children and their parents, weekly during term-time (36 weeks per year). In September 2006 they launched a new School-Age Group for 4-11 year old children. These sessions are run in Darlington, but they also take children from surrounding areas including the rest of County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities is the national charity dedicated to creating routes into employment for people with all disabilities and medical conditions.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Set up in October 2007, this Commission now takes on the responsibilities and powers of the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality), DRC (Disability Rights Commission) and the EOC (Equal Opportunities Commission).

Holiday Care

If you're a disabled or older person with an interest in travel and holidays this site is for you. Our charity has more than 20 years' experience in helping disabled people.

The Money Advice Service

Free & impartial money advice, set up by government.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

The MS Society is the UK's largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - about 85,000 people in the UK.

Multiple Sclerosis Trust

The MS Trust is a leading independent charity for people with multiple sclerosis, their family and friends and for all health professionals.


Consumer Guides For Older And Disabled People

Ricability is an independent research charity. They publish practical and unbiased consumer guides for older and disabled people based on thorough professional research. They produce guides and reports on childcare products, household products, mobility telecoms and alarms. Email mail@ricability.org.uk


We are UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems.

ScopeWelcome to Scope, the disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

Shopmobility Index by Disability U.K.

Shopmobility facilities of powered scooters and wheelchairs for disabled use in British shopping towns. This index lists all the current Shopmobility places in the UK. Contact your local branch for more information.

Sign Community

Introduction to Sign Language.


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Visiting Darlington

For any information about visiting Darlington, Darlington Borough Council have designed this website.