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Access Association
The Access Association is a networking organisation for professionals concerned with the inclusive and accessible environment.
www.accessassociation.co.uk

Accessible Property Register
Accessible and adapted property in the UK and worldwide is listed for sale or rent. Owners, estate agents, local authorities, housing associations and developers may advertise on the register, while users can search for property details and receive email alerts about homes that meet specific accessibility requirements. A register of APR Approved Partners - agencies who understand access issues and who will market accessible or adapted property positively - is also available.
www.accessible-property.org.uk

Adaptive Environments
Adaptive Environments is a US organisation that promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programmes, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy.
www.adaptenv.org

AgeUK
Age Concern and Help the Aged are now Age UK. Information and advice for the elderly about benefits, care, age discrimination and computer courses
www.ageuk.org.uk

Assist UK
Assist UK aims to improve disabled and older people's access to accurate, reliable and impartial information and advice about products and equipment for easier living.
www.assist-uk.org

Axistive Assistive Technology News
Axistive Assistive Technology News Portal offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devices, including ones for the built environment.
www.axistive.com

British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is a charity that aims to prevent people dying from heart diseases
www.bhf.org.uk

Build Cert
BuildCert is the Product Certification arm of WRc-NSF, a testing and certification organisation based in the UK. The organisation’s knowledge of plumbing systems is put to use for examining, testing and certifying water fittings. 
www.buildcert.com

Cancer UK
An independent non-profit site which aims to provide both an overview and a gateway to UK based cancer resources.
www.cancer-uk.org

Center for Universal Design
The Center for Universal Design is a US research, information and technical assistance centre that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.
www.ncsu.edu/www/ncsu/design/sod5/cud

Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)
The Centre for Accessible Environments is the information and training body on the accessibility of the built environment for disabled people. Includes information on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
www.cae.org.uk

CIPHE 
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional and technical
body for all plumbing and heating professionals. All members listed have had to prove their
competence through recognised qualifications or extensive experience, the prime objective of
improving the science, practice and principles of plumbing and heating engineering in the public
interest.
www.ciphe.org.uk

Code of Practice on Access and Mobility
Accesscode provides a Code of Practice on Access and Mobility that covers all aspects of the environment we live in. The advisory document reflects best practice and current statutory requirements for the design of buildings, structures, highways and transportation.
www.accesscode.info

Concrete Change
A US site that provides detailed construction guidelines and cost estimates for barrier free design in new homes, and suggests ways to encourage wheelchair-accessable construction in all homes.
www.concretechange.org

Cornucopia Of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI is a US site that serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Most of the official and regulatory information it includes is American, but other information is more generally applicable.
http://codi.buffalo.edu

Department for Transport: Access for Disabled People
Based on information gathered from research and from specialist advisors, the Department aims to improve transport provision for disabled people - whether as pedestrians, public and special transport users, or motorists - while also improving accessibility in public places.
www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access

Disabled Living Foundation
The Disabled Living Foundation is a national charity working for greater independence for disabled people by providing advice and information on equipment.
hwww.dlf.org.uk

Habinteg Housing Association
Habinteg is one of the leading housing associations in England providing accessible housing for all. It also promotes the principles of universal design and the provision of homes for all.
www.habinteg.org.uk/main.cfm

Help the Aged
See AGEUK

Home Wheelchair Ramp Project
A manual of design and construction for modular wheelchair ramps, including information about ramps and long-tread low-riser steps to improve safe home accessibility.
www.wheelchairramp.org

ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Visually Impaired People (INTACT)
INTACT provides details of recent and current research on all aspects of the design, construction and use of tactile maps and other tactile graphics.
www.ica-tactile.ucalgary.ca

Is There An Accessible Loo? (ITAAL)
Though ITAAL no longer exists, the key information it provided has been collected by the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). The site covers invaluable information such as how people use accessible WCs, typical user concerns, what users need and design guidance.
www.cae.org.uk/itaal.html

JMU Access Partnership
JMU Access Partnership is a collaborative venture between RNIB and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association that provides a pan-disability service working to create inclusive environments. As one of the UK's leading access consultancies, they work to make the built environment more accessible for disabled people.
www.jmuaccess.org.uk

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
MACS is a committee which has been set up to advise Scottish Ministers how best they should take account of the interests of disabled people in the formulation of transport policies.
www.transportscotland.gov.uk/public-transport/macs

National Centre for Tactile Diagrams
The Centre provides tactile diagrams, maps and pictures for blind and partially sighted people, conducts research, and offers training and consultancy.
www.nctd.org.uk

National Register of Access Consultants
NRAC provides a quality standard for access consultants. It enables clients to locate suitable consultants for their access needs.
www.nrac.org.uk

Occupational Therapists
The British Association of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for all occupational therapy staff in the United Kingdom. 
www.cot.co.uk

Research Group for Inclusive Environments
RGIE manages research contracts related to accessibility within environments and acts as a focal point for disseminating information, developing collaborative projects and attracting further research.
www.reading.ac.uk/ie

TechDis Accessibility Database
The TechDis Accessibility Database provides an on-line resource of information about products which are available to assist those with disabilities. The resource is designed to provide information on assistive, adaptive and enabling technologies to the UK Higher and Further education sectors.
www.techdis.ac.uk

Terence Higgins Trust
Advice on living with HIV
www.tht.org.uk

UK Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee's (DPTAC) website provides comprehensive information on its role in advising the Government on the transport needs of disabled people.
http://dptac.independent.gov.uk

Universal Design Network
The Universal Design Network is a US-based loose coalition of people committed to universal design education.
www.universaldesign.net

The Water Label
www.europeanwaterlabel.eu
The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme allows users to compare hundreds of products that meet the standards of the Industry for water efficiency. So when you want to purchase efficient products you can now look out for the distinctive blue label and buy with confidence knowing you have chosen a product that is helping to keep water usage to a minimum which in turn helps us to preserve this precious commodity for generations to come.

The Water Calculator
www.thewatercalculator.org.uk
The Water Calculator provides a working example of the calculator used for Part G of the Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes. The Water Calculator uses the method set out in the “Water Efficiency Calculator for New Dwellings”. 
The Water Calculator contains information on water consumption for hundreds of products, enabling quick and easy specification, without the hassle of gathering data from several product manufacturers.

 

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