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We’ve pulled together some useful links for people in York.

Please let us know if there are any other key organisations or information we could include.

Information on Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine information videos in British Sign Language – SignHealth

The latest COVID-19 information and guidance in British Sign Language – SignHealth (including summaries of Government briefings)

Easy read guides to help you stay safe and well – Mencap

A video about the importance of getting your COVID-19 vaccination, especially for people who are clinically vulnerable, and how you don’t need to be afraid. You can see what happens at the vaccine centre and how to ask for help.

Coronavirus updates from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Useful links

Euan’s Guide– like trip advisor but for disability. Write and read reviews about a range of venues across the country.

AccessAble – accessibility information about thousands of venues across the UK.

City of York Council – information about support for disabled people who live in York, e.g. Blue Badges, accessible public toilets and council services

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorisation of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

A guide to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – This guide provides useful information about what the Convention means for you. The guide is available in different formats including and Easy Read version and a BSL (British Sign Language) video of the guide.

Local groups and organisations

Healthwatch York – Provides information about local health services and can signpost you to independent complaints advocacy if you need support to complain about a service you have received,

Live Well York – Information and advice about services, groups and activities for disabled adults in York.

York’s Local Offer – Aimed at parents and carers of under 25s who have Special Educational Needs, as well as children and young people themselves. Includes information about education, health services, support for parents and carers, activities and events.

York Carers Centre – Free support for carers in York, including young carers.

York Human Rights City – A catalyst for York people, businesses and organisations to champion a vibrant, diverse, fair and safe city.

Help with benefits and other support

We all know applying for benefits can be stressful and confusing but there is help available from:

Digital support

York’s IT Reuse Scheme – Digital York are seeking donations to reuse devices, and support those who do not have a computer suitable for their needs. If you or someone you know would like help to get online please contact them at digitalcity@york.gov.uk.

Legal action

Doug Paulley has written and published a “Guide for Disabled People to Sue Service Providers for Disability Discrimination, as Unrepresented Litigants in Person in England” or the ‘Disability Attitude Re-adjustment Tool’ (DART).

Doug Paulley’s Blog is well worth a visit for anyone interested in disability activism and human rights.

BSL Interpreters

We can recommend Jennie from Manning Interpreting who provides a professional and friendly service. Jennie is a qualified British Sign Language interpreter, registered with NRCPD and a member of ASLI.

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