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Trade unions are required by law to offer the same service to disabled as to non-disabled members. Frequently, this will involve offering information and services in alternative formats, in order that all members are able to access them, and ensuring that meetings and venues are fully accessible to all members.
In 2009, the TUC Disability Conference asked the TUC to establish a central list of providers, for use as a resource by all unions.
What the list is, and is not
Below are listed the providers of services currently used by the TUC or by individual trade unions.
Inclusion in the list does not in any way constitute a recommendation, nor does it represent a comment about service providers who are not listed. At all times, it is the responsibility of the union commissioning the service to establish that it properly meets their needs.
Similarly, inclusion in the list is not a guarantee that the services offered
by each provider are still available: it is the responsibility of the union
to establish that their chosen provider can still deliver what they require.
The list was compiled in December 2009.
Updating and improving the list
This list will be amended if unions come across additional service providers who they believe should be included, or have useful comments about providers listed. Please send such information to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion.
Disability Access resources for trade unions
This list is divided into the following sections:
- Audio transcriptions
- BSL/sign language interpretation
- Furniture (etc)
- Mobility scooter hire
- Speech to text/palantype
- Disability Equality training
- Meeting venues
- Access Consultant Accreditation