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Disability Groups

The York Disability Rights Forum is led by disabled people and works to promote equal access to human rights for all those with disabilities who live or work in York.

The Forum aims to be a collective voice, to raise awareness of issues affecting disabled people in York and create positive changes.

York Human Rights City  is a group that is a catalyst for York people, businesses and organisations to champion a vibrant, diverse, fair and safe city.

Learning Disabilities

The Services for people with learning disabilities page on the City of York Council website includes, along with other details, information on:

  • arranging your care and support
  • supported tenancy
  • support in the workplace for carers
  • short breaks (respite care)
  • day support
  • disabled person’s bus pass
  • reporting adult abuse

The Live Well York Community Directory provides information on community activities suitable for people with Learning disabilities. This link has been pre-filtered for you.

All Age Learning Disabilities Strategy 2019 - 2024

The All Age Learning Disabilities Strategy is the first All Age Learning Disabilities Strategy for York and is coproduced by the Learning Disabilities Partnership. It does not try to describe everything known about learning disabilities in York or cover every issue. It aims to set out the Partnership’s four priority areas and describes these in more detail in the Strategy. The Learning Disabilities Partnership Board will lead and co-ordinate the delivery of the Strategy.

The Learning Disabilities Partnership Board can be contacted at ldp@york.gov.uk 

View the All Age Learning Disabilities Strategy 2019 - 2024

View the All Age Learning Disabilities Strategy Accessible Summary 2019 - 2024

Community Team - Adult Learning Disability Services - Vale of York

The Vale of York community learning disabilities team is a multidisciplinary service that is co-located with City of York Council learning disability care management team.

The team provide a range of specialist advice, support and interventions to people with Learning Disabilities across York, Selby, Easingwold and Tadcaster. The service has an open referral system and has a single point of access at Systems House.

The team provides assessment, treatment, therapy and consultation from a range of skilled professionals to enable specialist health interventions to be delivered in the community to reduce the need for admission to specialist learning disability acute in-patient services.

The service aims to improve access to mainstream services and promote service user held health management plans working in collaboration with the individual, their family, carers and other organisations. The service also provides specialist health input where mainstream services cannot, for example, positive behaviour support plans or specialist learning disability mental health assessments.

The Vale of York community learning disabilities team can be contacted on 01904 528300.

Information about the Vale of York community learning disabilities team can be viewed in Easy Read by downloading the Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities leaflet.

Acquired Brain Injury

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields. There is a York Headway branch.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) has a local provision, York House which is registered as an independent hospital. The service is provided by The Disabilities Trust in partnership with The Retreat, a specialist mental health provider.

York House is a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs and / or challenging behaviour.

They specialise in the rehabilitation of people who are experiencing behavioural disorders following a brain injury. Individuals may also have severe cognitive, physical and / or emotional problems including verbal and physical aggression, impaired social functioning, disinhibited behaviours and neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Their goal is to enable service users to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and participate in the wider community.

Live Well York has a Community Activities Directory,  the “who” filters on the directory will help to find suitable inclusive community groups and activities


What is Autism? – the National Autistic Society describes autism as a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be cured. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

The National Autistic Society provide information, support and services for people with Autism, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

The City of York Council website has information about autism and support groups available locally.

Specialist Autism Services has worked exclusively for and with adults (18+) on the autism spectrum and their families since 1999. They are a non-profit organisation that works with the charity Sacar to provide autism specific services across the Yorkshire region. They now provide a range of services including group social skills workshops (through an autism-specific learning programme), information and guidance, autism-specific counsellingemployment supportautism awareness training and community outreach support. Under the name Autism First they also provide bespoke support for adults with autism and additional needs.

They aim to make a positive difference to the lives of their service users (members) and through person-centred support create opportunities for people to work towards their personal goals, build confidence, develop social skills, increase independence and ultimately fulfil their potential.

The Live Well York Community Directory provides information on community activities suitable for people with autism. 

A variety of information about York's Local Offer for young people affected by autism is available on York Send - Local Offer.


We Care Project

We Care is a North Yorkshire Police scheme designed to support anyone who is vulnerable and needs some help and assistance when they are out and about in York.

The scheme has been designed, with the support of York People First, to enable people to go out into their community and live their lives, but at the same time feel a bit safer and secure.

It also provides important information to the police about a scheme member, so if they ever need to dial 999 or 101, the police are aware of any special needs the caller has and can assist them and provide a level of service in line with their requirements. Get in touch by email: wecare@northyorkshire.police.uk

The Access Card

The Access Card (sometimes referred to as the CredAbility Card or a Nimbus Card) is a card that translates your disability/impairment into symbols that highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need. Think of it as a Disability Passport.

This can then inform music venues, cinemas or other service providers about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.

It’s all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers’ responsibilities. Apply for the Access Card here.

Read more about the card and other tips for disabled people on Money Saving Expert.

Last updated: 28/11/2023