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Aids and equipment

HemiHelp produces an equipment list for a more comprehensive list of supplies to meet the needs of people with hemiplegia.

NB You may not have to pay VAT when:

  • buying certain items that are intended exclusively and specifically for the use of a disabled person, such as a wheelchair or adapted computer keyboard
  • having a vehicle adapted to suit their condition, or leasing a Motability vehicle
  • having building work done to adapt your home because of your child’s disability

For more information go to the Revenue & Customs website:

Able 2* - Tel: 01254 619 000 Email: Website: Producers of orthopaedic and electromedical products.

Anything Left Handed Ltd* - Tel: 01737 888269 Email: Website: (includes online shop) Specialist mail order company and online shop which provides properly designed, fully left handed versions of everyday items such as scissors, pens, cameras and kitchen utensils. They have a large product range for children.

Assured Mobility* - Tel: 0800 496 1495 Email: Website: Mail order household equipment for disabled people with 6 shops around the country. Also available to order online, rental service and some pre-owned equipment.

BIME (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering) - Tel: 01225 824103 Email: Website: Charity carrying out design and development in medical and rehabilitation engineering including assistive technology. Works with both users and medical professionals.

Centre for Accessible Environments - Tel: 0906751 6663 Email: Website: Useful if planning a house alteration.

Children Today Charitable Trust - Tel: 01244 335622 Email: Website: Local grants for equipment and aids to help children and young people with a disability to overcome their difficulties.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) - Tel: 020 7289 6111 Helpline: 0845 130 9177 (10am-4pm Mon-Fri) Email: Website: Huge amount of information about useful gadgets, plus an equipment centre. See also for advice and information specifically for disabled children.

The Family Fund - Website: A (mainly) government financed charity that can make grants to low income families with disabled children (aged under 18) to help with the cost of such things as washing machines, computers, driving lessons for parents/carers, hospital visiting costs and holidays. See also where families can get discounts on products and services from high street retailers and organisations.

Fledglings - Tel: 0845 458 1124 Email: Website: A charitable search and supply service, particularly for unusual items designed for children with additional needs.

Good Designs* - Tel: 07879 522993 Email: Website: Specially designed adjustable bicycle stabilisers in two sizes, originally set up by a father of a child with hemiplegia and now run by Val and James Muff who have a wealth of experience of hemiplegia.

Hope Education* - Tel: 08451 20 20 55 Email: Website: Catalogue of innovative educational products for Early Years, Primary and Secondary children. Includes products for children with additional needs.

Hotter Comfort Concept* - Email: Website: Boots and shoes with half sizes and wide fitting available.

Inclusive Technology Ltd* - Tel: 01457 819790 Email: Website: Provides a range of software and hardware for learners with additional needs – including physical disabilities, learning difficulties and sensory impairments. Sells Five Finger Typist, a typing programme for learning to type one handed.

Lodgesons* - Tel: 029 2043 6980 Email: Website: Gadgets for drivers with a disability, such as keypad controls, bleeper systems and steering balls.

MERU (Medical Engineering Resource Unit) - Tel: 01372 725 203 Email: Website: Designs and manufactures bespoke equipment and devices to meet the needs of disabled children where there is no commercially available alternative.

NRS Healthcare* - Tel: 0845 121 8111 email: Website: Enormous catalogue of products for the home, educational toys, hobbies and haberdashery. Mobility products, disability aids and equipment.

Patterson Medical* - Tel: 08444 124330 Website: One of the world’s leading distributors of daily living, therapy and paediatric products including homecraft products.

Peta (UK)* – Tel: 01376 573 476 Email: Website: Designers, manufacturers and suppliers of ergonomic tools, aids and assistive devices for people with arthritis or reduced grip strength.

Posturite UK Ltd* - Tel: 0845 345 0010 Website: Producers of desk sloping boards, with a magnetic facility for holding paper in place. Also provides a range of ergonomic devices and equipment to support good workstation posture.

Remap GB - Tel: 0845 1300 456 Email: Website: Teams of engineers who make up one-off pieces of technical equipment or modify commercial equipment free of charge, including for leisure activities.

Whizz-Kidz - Tel: 020 7233 6600 Email: Website: Charity providing tailor made mobility equipment for disabled children

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