Giraffe® incubator

This high-specification incubator can be electronically adjusted for height appropriate for someone standing giving attention to the baby or for someone sitting e.g. in a wheelchair. Access can be obtained from both sides and a sliding drawer pushes either way to give knee space whist sitting. Supplied by the worldwide company GE Health Care.

Contact details:—opportunity is given on the website to contact the firm by email.

Height-adjustable couch

Supplied by:

Huntleigh Health Care Ltd, Akron Products Division


Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (DPPi)

This organisation offers information and support for disabled parents and professionals in the UK to promote fulfilling parenthood. They produce a quarterly journal suitable for parents and professionals alike.

Contact details:

Tel: 020 7628 2811

Fax: 020 7628 2833

Textphone: 0800 018 9949

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This organisation offers information and supports physically, sensory and learning disabled parents, and funds research.

Sunderland Support for Parents with Disabilities

A charitable organisation offering support and advocacy for disabled parents.

Contact details:

Tel: 0191 566 2158


Foundation Fighting Blindness—Retinitis pigmentosa

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

This organisation offers practical solutions for people who are blind, fights for equal opportunities for blind people and funds research projects. They also supply reading material in Braille and talking books.

Contact details:

Helpline tel: 0845 766 9999


Baby monitors for deaf parents

These are vibrating baby alarms. Tomy has a digital vibrating baby monitor called Platinum Baby Monitor, which has a standard baby unit and portable parent unit with flashing lights and vibrating option which increases as the baby’s crying increases. Boardbug Baby and Child Monitor has a digital watch for parents and a wristband for a baby or toddler that transmits sound, flashes and bleeps. Both are available from John Lewis and other outlets or online at

‘Baby Monitors — information for deaf and hard of hearing people’ is available from the RNID website (see below).

British Deaf Association (BDA)

The BDA is the largest national organisation run by deaf people, for deaf people. BDA undertakes campaigning work and provides a range of vital services to the deaf community, including a helpline, publications, advocacy, and counselling, and youth services.

Contact details:

1–3 Worship Street

London, EC2A 2AB

Helpline tel: 0870 770 3300

Helpline textphone: 0800 6522 965

Fax: 020 7588 3527

BSL software in general practice

SignHealth is a new computer program that healthcare professionals in general practice can use to assist communication with BSL users. The DoH is purchasing this software for all PCTs from January 2006. For further information access

Chowdry S 2001 Deaf parents, gaps in services

This video was made by Sabina Chowdry in collaboration with Disability Pregnancy and Parenthood International (DPPi) (see below). It shows deaf women and their partners sharing their experiences of maternity services. (The video is not currently available to buy but check availability with your local health authority/hospital/university library.)

CoDPUK (Children of Deaf Parents UK)

CoDPUK aims to inform, mentor and work with deaf parents in the UK, in broadening the horizons of their children and nurturing self-esteem. The organisation provides support via social events, as well as a quarterly newsletter.

Contact details:

PO Box 3272


Berkshire, SL6 4WW

Colville M 1985 Signs of a sexual nature. Forest Books, Coleford

This is available directly from Forest Books (see below) and gives illustrations and explanations of slang and educational sexual terms.

Deaf Parenting UK (DPUK)

Deaf Parenting UK’s objectives are to relieve all the needs of deaf parents (those who use BSL as their first language) and deaf parents-to-be in the UK. The organisation offers training and direct support services for deaf parents in partnership with several organisations across the UK.

Contact details:

Stephen Dering, Director

C/o Pertemps Mouzer, Fourth Floor, Charles House,

375 Kensington High Street, London, W14 8QH

Tel. 020 7471 6770

Textphone: 020 7471 6769

Fax: 020 7471 6768

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (DPPi)

This international organisation provides a UK-based information service for deaf and disabled people who are already parents or considering parenting, health and social care professionals and others concerned with issues affecting the lives of deaf and disabled parents. DPPi produces a number of information sheets, available in various formats, and publishes an international journal. There is an ideas forum on the DPPi website where parents can share ideas and experiences. Small items of parenting equipment are on display in the National Centre.

Contact details:

Becki Josiah

National Centre for Disabled Parents

Unit F9 89–93 Fonthill Road,

London, N4 3JH

Tel: 0800 0184730

Textphone: 0800 018 9949

Fax: 020 7263 6399

Disabled Parents Network (DPN) has published a series of briefings giving practical information and advice about disabled parenting: what the law says, getting needs assessed, planning care, direct payments, maternity services and support for new parents, making a complaint, advocacy advice and legal help.

Contact details:

DPPi have also produced an information pack for blind and visually impaired people, which has been available since March 2006 called ‘Having a baby resource pack’. It is available in large print, Braille, audio and Daisy, which offers standardisation of talking books. The pack is also available to healthcare professionals from:

Gill Lea-Wilson

Information Officer


National Centre for Disabled Parents

Unit F9, 89/93 Fonthill Road

London, N4 3JH

Forest Books

This bookseller specialises in resources about deafness and deaf issues. They provide a range of books, videos, CD-ROMs and DVDs, including BSL resources, books on language development and children’s fiction featuring D/deaf characters.

Contact details:

The New Building, Ellwood Road,

Milkwall, Coleford,

Gloucestershire, GL16 7LE

Tel: 01594 833 858 (voice/minicom)

Fax: 01594 833446

Free E-Group for Deaf parents and professionals working with Deaf parents

Contact details:

Iqbal S 2004 Pregnancy and birth: a guide for deaf women. RNID and National Childbirth Trust, London

This book is aimed at deaf women whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language (BSL) and other deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing women. The book is useful for professionals and deaf parents alike. It covers a wide range of topics including planning for a baby, pregnancy, birth and afterwards, including care for mother, baby and father. It also includes some advice on maternity and paternity rights for working parents and legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. Additionally it includes stories by mothers and fathers. Available from Forest Books (see above).

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)

RAD promotes the welfare and interests of deaf people. The organisation works in the areas of deaf community development, employment, families and children, youth, information, advice and advocacy, learning disability, mental health, sign language interpreting and training.

Contact details:

Head Office

Walsingham Road, Colchester

Essex, CO2 7BP

Tel: 01206 509509

Textphone: 01206 711260

Fax: 01206 769755

Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)

RNID is a national membership charity, offering a range of services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The organisation provides information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. It is also involved in campaigning, training, providing equipment and undertaking medical and technical research.

Contact details:

19–23 Featherstone Street

London, EC1Y 8SL

Information line tel: 0808 808 0123

Information line textphone: 0808 808 9000

Fax: 020 7296 8199

Smith C 1999 Signs of health. Pocket guide to medical signs. Forest Books, Coleford

Pocket-sized book containing over 200 signs relating to health and medical procedures. Available from the Forest Bookshop (see above).

School B 1999 Signs for use in hospitals. Forest Books, Coleford

This booklet contains illustrations and explanations of signs useful in a hospital environment.

Sign & Bond

This baby signing company offers services to both deaf and hearing children and parents, concentrating on how to teach signing. They supply DVDs and offer a consultancy and training service to enhance children’s communication skills.

Contact details:

SMS: 07876 597974

Two Can Productions

The company publishes low-cost leaflets on pregnancy, relaxation classes and antenatal clinic, labour and birth. They are written in plain English with pictures and BSL illustrations. They offer information on communication, sign language interpreters (SLIs) and deaf awareness. Under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), deaf people are entitled to communication support whilst in hospital. This means qualified SLIs. Unfortunately SLIs are in short supply and need to be booked well in advance. Arranging a hospital account with the local interpreting agency will make this easier. However, there will be times when it is not possible to have a SLI present.

Contact details:

Tel/fax: 01332 366 083

Textphone: 01332 371 750

The Baring Foundation: This publication contains excellent information about resources available across the country for parents with a learning disability and for the professionals working with families. This is well referenced and up to date—a very useful document.

Down’s Syndrome Association

This organisation offers support, information and training for people with Down’s syndrome and for parents with a child with the condition.

Contact details:

Langdon Down Centre

2a Langdon Park,

Teddington, TW11 9PS

Tel: 0845 230 0372

Fax: 0845 230 0373

CHANGE organisation

This is a national organisation run by disabled people, including people with learning disabilities and people who are blind or deaf. They campaign and work for equal rights for disabled people.

Contact details:

Unit 19/20, Unity Business Centre,

26 Roundhay Road,

Leeds, LS7 1AB

Tel: 0113 243 0202

Fax: 0113 243 0220

Minicom: 0113 234 2225


Sign language developed for people with learning disability who are deaf. Useful website:


This leading national charity works with people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers both nationally and locally by offering support and information.

Contact details:

123 Golden Lane,

London, EC1 0RT

Tel: 020 7454 0454

Fax: 020 7696 5540

The Special Parenting Services in Cornwall


Spina bifida

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH)

Contact details:

42 Park Road,

Peterborough, PE1 2UQ

Tel: 01733 555 988

Fax: 01733 555 985



Little People of America

Contact details:

PO Box 745, Lubbock, TX 79408


March of Dimes

Information about achondroplasia on

Medicinenet: Health and medical information produced by doctors

Cerebral palsy


This is a national organisation that used to be called The Spastic Society. They offer information and support for people with cerebral palsy, and information for professionals.

Contact details:

Cerebral palsy helpline: Mon.–Fri. 9 am–9 pm; weekends: 2 pm–6 pm

PO Box 833

Milton Keynes, MK12 5NY

Tel: 0808 800 3333

Muscular dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Association

This is an American voluntary health association offering information on and undertaking research into the condition. The useful internet website includes a diversity of information and insight into the lived experiences of people with the condition.

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

This is the UK’s largest charity supporting people with MS, their families and friends. They provide support from all perspectives, including practical aspects, on a national and local basis. They also fund research.

Contact details:

MS National Centre

372 Edgeware Road,

London, NW2 6ND

Tel: 020 8433 0700

National freephone: 0808 800 8000 Mon.–Fri. 9 am–9 pm

Spinal injury

Spinal Injury Network

This website provides information, including research data, fact sheets and a chat room.



Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Jackie Rotheram, Disability Advisor

Tel: 0151 702 4012 Mon.–Thurs.

Text: 07717517172

Patricia Fairlamb, Midwife (special needs)

Tel: 01908 660033 × 3162


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