Third Sector

Beaumont College SCOPE

Whether you have a physical impairment or learning difficulty, our further education college can support you. We enable residential and day students to take responsibility for their own lives. Our personalised learning programmes are designed to meet each student’s individual needs and encourage you to participate in exciting activities you’ve always wanted to try. We also offer places to learn in Barrow, Blackpool and Carlisle.

British Dyslexia Association

Ten percent (10%) of the population are dyslexic; 4% severely so. Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Many of the dyslexic people across the UK, whether adults or children, are unable to fulfill their potential as a large percentage of the population still do not understand what dyslexia is, the difficulties which the condition presents and do not know how best to support them. Dyslexia is not an obvious difficulty; it is hidden. As a result, dyslexic people have to overcome numerous barriers to make a full contribution to society. The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

British Wireless for the Blind

Keeping blind people in touch with the world.

We supply specially adapted audio equipment on a free loan basis to visually impaired people across the UK who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

With no government funding, it is only thanks to the continued kindness of our supporters that we can carry on helping the people with sight loss who need it most.

Manx Blind Welfare Society

Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of almost 600 people with serious sight loss on the Isle of Man. A small, friendly team of staff, along with more than 200 volunteers, provide a comprehensive range of services and support.

From its purpose-built headquarters – Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan – MBWS offers a talking book library, a recording studio producing a weekly news service, computer training, specialist equipment room and resource centre and weekly social groups. The centre also houses the Royal National Institute for the Blind rehabilitation.

The Society also provides home and hospital visits and additional social events off premises throughout the year. Apart from a subsidised charge for lunches, services are all provided free.

While working closely with all organisations within the Isle of Man sight impairment service, Manx Blind Welfare Society is financially independent of Government, relying entirely upon fundraising, donations and legacies for its services.
NNAC (National Network of Assessment Centres)

We currently represent the majority (approximately 70%) of DSA Assessment Centres in England and all centres in Wales. Our membership consists of a broad range of DSA assessment providers including those based in higher education institutions, private businesses and the Open University DSA service.

Based on our collective knowledge, we have a comprehensive understanding of the DSA process. We use this experience to contribute to sector consultation regarding good practice in the assessment and support of people with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.

Membership is open to all centres providing Disabled Students’ Allowances assessments that are accredited by DSA QAG and thus operate in compliance with the criteria in the Quality Assurance Framework.

We’re a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people.
The Learning Support Centre

Specialist support worker service, dyslexia tutors, mental health and autism mentors can support at school, college, university or your workplace.

West London Assessment Centre

The West London Assessment Centre (WLAC) is based at Brunel University London and provides needs assessments for those who have applied successfully for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). Assessments can also be done at our outreach centres at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) in High Wycombe or at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) in Egham, Surrey.