Aids and equipment
NB: HemiHelp also produces a regularly updated Equipment List for a more comprehensive list of supplies to meet the needs of children with hemiplegia.
Anything Left Handed Ltd
18 Avenue Road, Belmont, Sutton, Surrey SM2 6JD
Tel: 020 8770 3722
Fax: 020 8715 1220
Website: www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk (includes online shop)
Specialist mail order company which provides properly designed, fully left handed versions of everyday items such as scissors, pens, cameras and kitchen utensils. There is also a shop at 57 Brewer Street, London W1F 9UL, open from 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday.
BIME (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering)
Wolfson Centre, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
Tel: 01225 824103
Fax: 01225 824111
Registered charity carrying out design and development in medical and rehabilitation engineering. Works with both users and medical professionals. Informative website.
Grawins, Rock Close, Casterton, Oxon OX18 3BP
Tel: 01993 842 885
Fax: 01993 842885
Small company that builds specialist cots and beds for disabled children and adults.
Children Today Charitable Trust
The Moorings, Rowton Bridge, Christleton, Chester CH3 7AE
Tel: 01244 335622
Fax: 01244 335473
Local grants for equipment and aids to help children and young people with disability or sickness overcome their difficulties.
Disabled Living Foundation
380 Harrow Rd, London W9 2HU
Helpline: 0845 130 9177 (10am-4pm)
Tel: 020 7289 6111
Huge amount of information about useful gadgets, plus an equipment centre.
Wenden Court, Station Approach, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, CB11 4LB
Tel: 0845 458 1124
Fax: 0845 458 1530
A brilliant charitable search and supply service, particularly for unusual items designed for children with special needs. Also, the cheapest supplier of coilers shoe laces we have come across.
Good Designs (James and Val Muff)
133, Morton Lane, East Morton, KEIGHLEY West Yorkshire BD20 5RS
Tel: 01274 560400
Parents of a grown up child with hemiplegia. 2 sizes of adjustable stabilisers designed by a father of a son with hemiplegia (D. Good)
Great Little Trading Co.
Customer Services, Pondwood Close, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6DF
Tel: 0870 850 6000
Fax: 08702 414083
Ingenious household gadgets and clothing aids.
1 Glenville Parade, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3ES
Tel: 01452 610448 or 0800 243469
Mail order household equipment for disabled people. Also four stores, and a freephone helpline for advice.
Nunn Brook Road, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts NG17 2HU.
Tel: 08702 423305
Fax: 08701 660211
The UK’s largest distributor of daily living, therapy and paediatric products.
Inclusive Technology Ltd
Gatehead Business Park, Delph New Road, Delph, Oldham OL3 5BX
Tel: 01457 819790
Fax: 01457 819999
Provides a range of software and hardware for learners with special needs. Sells Five Finger Typist, a typing program for learning to type one handed, for around £50 (exc. VAT).
Tel: 08705 20 21 22
Mail order household equipment for disabled people. Also nine regional stores, some with qualified therapists to give advice.
Unit 7, The Avenue Industrial Centre, Croescadarn Close, Cardiff CF23 8HE
Tel: 0870 013 2420
Fax: 0870 240 0513
Gadgets for the disabled driver, such as infra red controls, bleeper systems and steering balls.
MERU (Medical Engineering Resource Unit)
8 Damson Way, Orchard Hill, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4NR
Tel: 020 8770 8286
Fax: 020 8770 8398
MERU design and manufacture bespoke equipment and devices to meet the needs of disabled children where there is no commercially available alternative.
Gregory Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 4SG
Tel: 0845 120 4525
Fax: 0800 328 0001
Catalogue of educational products for Early Years, Primary and Secondary children. Includes Special Needs products.
Nottingham Rehab Supplies
Findel House, Excelsior Road, Ashby Park, Leicestershire LE65 1NG
Tel: 0845 120 4522
Fax: 01530 419 150
Enormous catalogue of products for the home, educational toys, hobbies and haberdashery.
Posturite UK Ltd
The Mill, Berwick, East Sussex BN27 6SZ
Tel: 0845 345 0010
Fax: 0845 345 0020
Producers of the desk top sloping boards, with a magnetic facility for holding paper in place.
Moorgate Street, Blackburn, Lancs BB2 4PB
Tel: 01254 619 000
Fax: 01254 619 001
Producers of orthopaedic and electromedical products.
D9 Chaucer Business Park, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6YU
Tel: 0845 1300 456
Fax: 0845 1300 789
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams of engineers who make up one-off pieces of technical equipment or modify commercial equipment free of charge.
Schein Paediatric Footwear
C/o Salts Healthcare, Richard Street, Aston, Birmingham B7 4AA
Tel: 0121 333 2000
Fax: 0121 333 2010
Shoes, sandals and bootees in various colours and patterns. Open to the toes and extra depth.
V-M Marketing St Peter’s Church, Ubbeston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0EX
Tel: 01986 798120
Fax: 01986 798040
Suppliers of Limbo waterproof protectors to use over splints when bathing, washing and even swimming.
Elliot House, 10-12 Allington Street, London SW1E 5EH
Tel 020 7233 6600
Fax: 020 7233 6611
Charity providing tailor made mobility equipment for disabled children. Phone or refer to their web site to apply.