Links to other organisations

Afasic Scotland is a Scottish registered charity which represents the interests of children and young adults with lived experience of communication impairments, working towards their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Augmentative Communication in Practice is an open group composed of people in Scotland who have an active interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) - users of AAC, families, carers and professionals from a variety of different disciplines.

Autism Network Scotland connects and communicates with those interested in the field of autism. We are a signpost for autism professionals and practitioners, people with autism, their families and carers toward examples of good practice, resources and useful information.

British Stammering Association (BSA)

British Stammering Association is the national organisation for adults and children who stammer, run by people who stammer.

Call Scotland provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

Communication Matters is the UK wide charity which works for and brings together everybody who has an interest in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). It has a wide range of activities, including Roadshows, study days and an annual conference, with the aims of:

  • increasing awareness about AAC
  • improving service standards
  • encouraging research
  • lobbying for change

Donaldson's School

Donaldson's School is Scotland's national Residential and Day School for pupils aged 2½ to 19 years who are deaf, hard of hearing or have communication difficulties, and may have a range of additional support needs

Down's Syndrome Scotland

We work to help people with Down's syndrome reach their full potential by providing information, services and support to them, their families, carers and professionals.

Learning Disability Alliance Scotland

The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland help people with learning disabilities raise the issues that they are concerned about with politicians and decision makers.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading
charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million
people with sight loss, their friends, family and carers.

Call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999. We are ready to answer your call
Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5.30pm. Outside these times, leave us a
message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also
email your enquiry to

Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF)

SAIF supports the rights of disabled people and their carer's in having access to timely and accurate information.  It produces good practice guides and offers training, consultation and advice to help organisations and others, improve the accessibility of their information

Scottish Consortium of Learning Disabilities

The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability is a consortium of partner organisations who work together to encourage best practice in the support of people with learning disabilities through training, information, research and public education. We work alongside people with learning disabilities and family carers in everything we do. Our goal is an inclusive Scotland where everyone is valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens. Our mission is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages and family carers to challenge discrimination and develop and share good practice.

Stroke Association

Stroke Association is the major stroke charity in the UK.  We work with people who share our commitment to changing the world for people affected by stroke - with stroke survivors and their families; with decision makers; with researchers and medics; as well as with our supporters.Together we will get stroke the attention it deserves. We believe that stroke can and should be prevented; and we believe in the power of research to save lives. We know that with our support people can and do recover well. These beliefs drive us forward to change the world for people affected by stroke.

Talking Mats is an established communication tool, which uses a mat with symbols attached as the basis for communication. It is designed to help people with communication difficulties to think about issues discussed with them, and provide them with a way to effectively express themselves in a visual way that can be easily recorded.

The National Autistic Society Scotland

Is a leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

IRISS is a charitable company with a mission to promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.  We support people to use what works, try out new ideas, and embed new ways of working.