Help with adapted computers

AbilityNet offers free services to enable disabled people to use computers and the internet at home, at work and in education. It also provides information on a wide variety of topics including:  My Computer My Way has a complete set of guides for setting up your existing PC (such as text to speech, large print and switch access).

VAT relief on technology

You may be able to get tax relief when buying certain items exclusively and specifically for the use of disabled people, such as an adapted computer keyboard. Most disability equipment dealers can explain this. Or you can contact the Customs and Excise VAT Helpline on 0300 123 1073.

Technology tips

Join our online community to discuss technology. If you have a specific question, you can also talk to one of our community advisors. Read our equipment tips.

Technology advice

Disabled Living Foundation provides guides for daily living. You can borrow simple electronic aids such as adapted phones and magnifiers for 2 weeks so you can see if the device works for you before buying it. (You only pay postage to return it and a refundable deposit.)

The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs conducts research into products and services used by disabled people. Rica publishes free research reports covering many aspects of everyday life, from central heating controls to mobility.

Which? offers free general purchasing advice on a huge range of products that can help you live independently at home and make your life easier and more comfortable.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People offers advice on accessible computers, laptops and tablets. RNIB also has a Technology Support Squad of 800 volunteers who offer advice on set-up and maintenance over the phone or in person.

Aidas Trust provides free and impartial advice and support on technology for disabled people.

Instructables allows users to upload step-by-step instructions on how to make technology accessible for disabled people.

Sources of government funding

There are 3 main sources of government funding available for disabled adults to purchase enabling technology.

Disabled Students Allowance
Disabled people in higher education can access funds for the purchase of specialist equipment.

Access to Work Scheme
Support for disabled people to remain in or enter the workforce can be used to fund the purchase of equipment or payment of support staff. It’s available to anyone who has an impairment that affects their ability to work or the cost of doing so.

Personal Budgets
With the approval of a social worker or care manager, you can pay for technology to support a disabled person’s support plan.

Choosing the right equipment for you

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