SKILL (National Bureau for Students with Disabilites)

We are a national independent charity that promotes opportunities for people in learning and entry to employment. Since 1974 we have been helping young people and adults over 16 years of age with any kind of impairment including physical and sensory disabilities, learning and mental health difficulties throughout the UK. We believe that for many disabled people education is the key to leading a fulfilling and independent life.

What do we do?
Provide a free information and advice service for individual disabled people and the professionals who work with them, via a freephone helpline, email and the website. This information and advice helps disabled people to overcome financial and physical barriers, ignorance and discrimination so that they can study, train or find work.
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Inform and influence key policy makers to improve legal rights and support for disabled people in post-16 education and training. Skill works together with individual disabled people, professionals working in education, training and careers, employers and disability organisations to influence government. We listen to the people who contact our Information service so that we know what the real issues are.
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Promote best practice through:

- Membership - keeping professionals up to date and informed about policy changes, providing the opportunity for exchanging information and ideas and to be more closely involved with our work

- Running topical conferences and seminars

- Producing informative and practical publications

- Providing consultancy and staff training for colleges, universities and other organisations.


Training We can train your staff and provide expert advice on policies, practice and procedures concerning disabled people including how to meet your needs under the Disability Discrimination Act and the Disability Equality Duty.


Conduct research and develop projects on education and disability issues to address gaps in provision and to take forward new ideas.

Who to contact

0800 328 5050
0800 068 2422 (Minicom)

Where to go

National Bureau for Students With Disabilities, 18
Crucifix Lane

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Last updated on: 17/08/2015

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