Equipment & Services
If you have a disabled child, they may need specialist equipment to support them to live as independently as possible. An Occupational Therapist (OT) can help assess and advise you on the equipment that your child needs. If your child does not already see an Occupational Therapist, or if you are not sure how they may be able to help, contact The Children and Families Helpdesk on 01452 426565. The Children and Families Helpdesk will be able to give you some information, and can also make a referral to an OT for you if appropriate.
If you are looking for equipment that is not available from an OT or other source, there are some organisations that can provide equipment for disabled children, either to buy, loan or hire. Contact The Key for further details.
Disability Equipment Register:
The Disability Equipment Register
4 Chatterton Road
Bristol BS17 4BJ
Telephone: 01454 318818
This is a non-profit making organisation for disabled people and their families, to enable them to buy, sell or exchange used items of specialist equipment directly with each other. The register is nationwide and the list is published monthly. It is sent to all subscribers and individuals concerned with disability. There is a small registration fee. Contact the number above before sending in the fee.
Other Equipment Suppliers:
The Key has contact details for various equipment suppliers and manufacturers of equipment for disabled children, as well as organisations such as The RNIB and Spacekraft who supply toys and leisure equipment.
Some companies sell mass produced equipment and others ‘Taylor-make’ equipment to suit people’s specific needs. Contact The Key and discuss what equipment you are looking for and we will be able to supply you with the contact details of the organisations that best suit your needs.