Accessing disability equipment

Speak to your GP if you need equipment at home or to help you get around. They can tell you about local sources of help or refer you to your local Social Services or NHS.

Your local disability advice line can tell you where you can hire wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 

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VAT relief on equipment

You may be able to get tax relief when buying certain items for the sole use of disabled people. Items include wheelchairs or adapted computer keyboards. Most disability equipment dealers can explain this. 

Ask about VAT relief for disabled people on 0300 123 1073.

Sources of government funding

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

Sources of equipment and advice

  • Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) 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 return postage and a refundable deposit.
  • Living Made Easy is DLF's directory of assistive products, from clothing to personal care.
  • Independent Living gives unbiased advice about mobility aids and disability products.
  • Research Institute for Disabled Consumers conducts research into products and services used by disabled people. It publishes free research reports covering many aspects of everyday life, from central heating controls to mobility.
  • The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers advice on accessible computers, laptops and tablets. RNIB also has a technology volunteers who offer advice over the phone or in person on setting up and maintaining equipment.
  • Aidas Trust provides free and impartial advice and support on technology for disabled people.
  • Remap matches disabled people who need pieces of specially designed equipment with volunteers who can do so. Projects focus on mobility and independent living.
  • DEMAND Design and Manufacture for Disability can adapt, modify or make something that suits your needs and that cannot be found elsewhere.

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