British Deaf Association (BDA)
Floor 10, Coventry Point
Markey Way
Coventry, CV1 1EA
TTY: +44 024 76 550 393
Voice: +44 024 76 550 936
Fax: +44 024 76 221 541


Promotes a society in which Sign Language users have the same rights, responsibilities, opportunities, and quality of life as everyone else. Promotes bilingual education for deaf children. Has several offices throughout the UK.

Signature (formerly known as Council for Advancement of Communication with Deaf People)
Durham Office
Mersey House
Mandale Business Park
Durham DH1 1TH
Text: 0191 383 7915
Tel: 0191 383 1155
Fax: 0191 383 7914

c/o Mersey House
Mandale Business Park
Durham DH1 1TH
Text: 0191 383 7915
Tel: 0191 383 1155
Fax: 0191 383 7914

Northern Ireland Office
Wilton House
5 College Square North
Belfast BT1 6AR
Text/Tel/Fax: 028 90 438161

Scotland Office
TouchBase Community Suite
43 Middlesex Street
Glasgow G41 1EE
Text: 0141 418 7193
Tel: 0141 418 7191
Fax: 0141 418 7192

BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action
138 Digbeth
Birmingham, B5 6DR, United Kingdom
Phone/Txt Msg: (44) 0121 678 8850
SMS/Txt Msg: (44) 0792 006 0165
Fax: (44) 0121 643 4541 (Birmingham Office) (National Office)


deafPLUS works to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life. Our services consist of advocacy, social and personal development events.

Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD)
18 Westside Centre, London Road
Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8PH
Minicom: 0845 688 2527
Tel: 0845 688 2525
SMS: 07851 423866


The RAD exists to promote the welfare and interests of deaf people (by which we mean deaf people whose first or preferred language is sign language).

Royal National Institute for Deaf People
19-23 Featherstone Street
TTY: (44) 207-296-8001
Tel: (44) 207-296-8000
Fax: (44) 207-296-8199


Provides a range of information, referral, employment, care, and training services for deaf and hard of hearing people. Offers a wide range of fact sheets and other informational resources for deaf and hard of hearing people and their family, friends, employers, and professionals. Includes an extensive list of organizations in the UK.

5 Baring Road
United Kingdom
Text: 01494 687626
Voice: 01494 687600
SMS/Text Msg: 07966 976749
Fax: 01494 687622


Works to improve healthcare and equal access for deaf people.

Deafblind Organizations in UK

Bristol Royal Society for the Blind Dual Sensory Loss Service (BRSB)
Still House Lane
Minicom/Tel: 0117 953 7750
Fax: 0117 953 7751


BRSB now provides information services for deaf-blind people and have a reference library of over 70 topics which they can make available on request in any language or format. They also run a deaf-blind awareness and profile raising service in the City of Bristol.

Deafblind UK

National Centre for Deafblindness
John and Lucille van Geest Place
Cygnet Road, Hampton
Peterborough, PE7 8FD
Text/Voice: 01733 358 100
Fax: 01733 358 356
Information and Advice Line: 0800 132 320


Deafblind UK was launched in 1928 by a small group of deafblind people and their carers to offer mutual support and understanding in the face of conditions they found ‘unjustifiably cruel and hard.’ Since then, Deafblind UK has developed into a national charity chaired by a deafblind person.

Deafblind Cymru
Trident Court
Eastmoors Road
CF24 5TD
Tel: 02920 601 471

Deafblind Scotland
Drena O’Malley, Development Manager (contact person)
21 Alexandra Avenue
Lenzie, G66 5BG
Minicom/Tel: 0141-777 6111
Fax: 0141-775 3311


Deafblind Scotland is a charity whose aims are to further the interests and needs of people who suffer from both hearing and sight impairments (deafblindness), and also to generate public awareness of this condition. Deafblind Scotland And Deafblind UK are one organization.

101 Pentonville Road
London N1 9LG
Text: 0845 127 0062
el: 0845 127 0060
Fax: 0845 127 0061


Sense is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. We provide expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. We also support people who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities.

Sense Avon Branch
Mandie Lewis (contact person)
74 Pendennis Park, Brislington
Bristol, BS4 4JN
Tel: (0117) 987 7927

Sense North and Mid Wales
Jane Plant (contact person)
Gode’r Graig
Pentree, Minera
Wrexham, LL11 3DP
Sense South West, Devon Branch
Cathy Hooper (contact person)
26 Mulberry Close, Paignton
Devon, TQ3 3GD
Tel: (01803) 663044

Sense East Anglia Branch
Liz Royle (contact person)
The Lanterns, Church Lane
Playford, Ipswich
Suffolk, IP6 9DS
Tel: (01473) 622443

Sense Essex Branch
Peggy Keeble (contact person)
17, Gladwyns,
Lee Chapel North, Basildon,
Essex, SS15 5HZ
Tel: (01268) 544593

Sense Kent Branch
Sue Turner (contact person)
Spring Grove, Goudhurst Road
Marden, Tonbridge
Kent, TN12 9NW
Tel: (01622) 831345

Sense North West Branch
Brenda Carter (contact person)
3, The Briars
Eccleston, Chorley
Lancashire, PR7 5UB
Tel: (01257) 451920

Sense Northern Ireland Branch
Muriel and Tom Mathers (contact persons)
11, The Coaches
Brown Brae, Croft Road
Holywood, BT18 0LE
Tel: (028) 9042 1475

Sense South Coast Branch
Jill Carpenter (contact person)
12, Maurice Road, Seaford
East Sussex, BN25 1BQ
Tel: (01323) 490750

Interpreters’ and Sign Language Organizations in the UK

Association of British Sign Language Tutors and Assessors (ABSLTA)
Charles Herd, Secretary (contact person)
66 Castle Drive,
RH6 9DE.
Fax: 01293 772 358 (For enquiries relating to the teaching and assessing of BSL)

Description: ABSLTA is an Association for professional Sign Language Tutors & Assessors and for those interested in the teaching & assessing of British Sign Language as a profession. It is the co-ordinating body between Sign Language Tutors & Assessors throughout England Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is formed in April 1989 in response to many requests from deaf tutors & assessors who wanted a forum for advice, support and exchange of information relating to BSL teaching & assessing issues.

Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI)
Fortuna House, South Fifth Street
Milton Keynes. MK9 2EU
Text: 18001 0871 474 0522*
Tel: 0871 474 0522**
Calls to this number will cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, charges may vary with other network providers
Fax: 01908 32 52 59
Membership enquiries (existing members only)
Finance &


ASLI is the professional association and support network for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our membership includes those who work as interpreters and deaf and hearing people who support our aims.

Parents’ Organizations in the UK

National Deaf Children’s Society
NDCS head office
15 Dufferin Street
London EC1Y 8UR
United Kingdom
Text/Tel: 020 7490 8656
Fax: 020 7251 5020 (National office) (Local groups information)


Works to remove barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world. Consult its website for a listing of local groups for parents in the UK and for more information on NDCS offices in London, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Birmington. Also consult its site for more useful links and organizations for deaf people and their families in the UK.

NDCS Northern Ireland
Wilton House
5 College Square North
Belfast BT1 6AR
Minicom: 028 9027 8177
Tel: 028 9031 3170
Fax: 028 9027 8205

NDCS Scotland
Second Floor
Empire House
131 West Nile Street
Glasgow G1 2RX
Text: 0141 332 6133
Tel: 0141 354 7850
Fax: 0141 331 2780

NDCS Wales/Cymru
4 Cathedral Road
Cardiff CF11 9LJ
Minicom: 029 2023 2739
Tel: 029 2037 3474
Fax: 029 2037 9800

NDCS Birmingham office – children and family events
37a Great Charles Street
Birmingham B3 3JY
Minicom: 0121 234 9820
Tel: 0121 234 9820
Fax: 0121 233 9575

Teachers’ Organizations in the UK

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)
21, Keating Close
Medway, Kent
United Kingdom
Phone/Fax: 0845 6435181


BATOD is the sole professional association for teachers of the deaf in the UK. Organizes courses and meetings to disseminate good practice and produces a magazine and a refereed Journal. Works with the government and voluntary agencies to contribute to policy development and to represent the interests of deaf children, their families and their teachers. Website offers links to more organizations.

Universities in the UK

Centre for Deaf Studies
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TN
Videophone: (44) 0 117 970 6253
TTY: (44) 0 117-954-6920
Phone: (44) 0 117-954-6900
Fax: (44) 0 117-954-6921


Europe’s first academic Institution to concentrate solely on research and education that aims to benefit the deaf community.

Cross-disability Organizations in the UK

Disability Alliance
Universal House
88-94 Wentworth Street
London, E1 7SA
Minicom/Voice: 020 7247 8776
Fax: 020 7247 8765

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