Disability organisations

This advice applies to Scotland. See advice for See advice for England, See advice for Northern Ireland, See advice for Wales

Scottish Disability Directory 

The Scottish Disability Directory is produced by Disability Information Scotland. It has information and contact details for disability organisations and support groups, including UK wide, Scottish and local groups. You can access the directory for free.

You can use the Scottish Disability Directory on Disability Information Scotland's website

Scottish charities database

Many disability organisations are charities. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has a register of charities. You can search the register of Scottish charities on the OSCR website.

National Key Scheme (RADAR keys) and toilets

If you're disabled, you can get access to locked public accessible toilets around the country using the National Key Scheme (NKS). These used to be called RADAR keys. 

If you want a key, you can:

  • buy a key from Disability Rights UK over the phone or on the Disability Rights UK website

  • check if your local council has a one-stop-shop where you can get a key

  • check if there's a local charity that you can get one from.

You will need to provide proof of your disability when buying one.

There's a list of places where you can get a key on the Disability Information Scotland website. There is also more information about the type of specialist public toilets available on their website.

Support for blindness and vision loss

NHS UK offer advice on sight loss. There is information about how to register a visual impairment as well as details of support groups and charities that can help on the NHS UK website.

British Sign Language interpreting service

If you use British Sign Language (BSL), you can use a free interpreting service to contact public, voluntary and private sector services in Scotland, including your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

You can video call an interpreter at ContactSCOTLAND-BSL directly. They will then speak to the organisation or bureau adviser and sign what the person is saying, and interpret when you are signing.

Find out more about how the video interpreting service works on the Contact SCOTLAND-BSL website.

Useful websites

Euan's guide

Euan's guide features accessibility reviews and recommendations by disabled people and their friends and families for venues nationwide. It aims to assist people with accessibility needs, and the people they spend time with. Find disabled access reviews on Euan's guide.

Living made easy

Find advice about daily living equipment on the Living made easy website.

The Alliance

The Alliance brings together health and social care organisations and people who are disabled or living with long term conditions or providing unpaid care. The Alliance works to ensure that people who are disabled or living with long term conditions, or their carers, are influential in shaping policy and practice. Find out more on the Alliance website.

NHS inform

NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service. There is information about health conditions and a service directory on NHS inform.