Practical help and support

Action for Blind People
An advice and support service for visually impaired people.

Beating Dyslexia
A comprehensive range of techniques for overcoming dyslexia with information and definitions that have been based on scientific research.

Blind Children UK
Blind Children UK supports children and young people with vision impairment and their families too - right from birth through to young adulthood. Services include practical and emotional support, information and advice and mobility and life skills training. They also provide grants for technology and equipment and produce large print books.

Britain’s largest reading charity which has a vision of a society where nobody misses out on the life-changing benefits that reading can bring. Booktrust is responsible for a number of successful national reading promotions, sponsored book prizes and creative reading projects aimed at encouraging readers to discover and enjoy books.

British Dyslexia Association
Information and advice on dyslexia for dyslexic people and those who support them.

Clear Vision Project
Lending library of story books with added braille for visually impaired children.

Dyslexia Assist
A small charity set up by a group of parents who have struggled with supporting their children throughout their education. - aiming to share advice and learning tips.   

Dyslexia Scotland
The voluntary organisation representing the needs and interests of dyslexic people in Scotland.

Dyslexia SpLD Trust
A collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector.

National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children

Living Paintings
A free library of tactile books and packs, bringing the visual world to life for blind and partially sighted people.

Supporting children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes

Royal National Institute of Blind People
The RNIB offers information, support and advice to blind and partially sighted people in the UK. As well as braille and Talking Books services RNIB products offer imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.

StyleAble helps blind and partially sighted people with fashion tips and ideas

Visually Impaired Chidren Taking Action (VICTA)
Provides support, information and grants to children and families.

The links page on our main Calibre site gives further details you may find useful. 

Weird, wacky or wonderful websites

Here are some great websites we've found - some are about books, others are just fantabulous fun. Send us the details of websites you think other Young Calibre members will enjoy and we'll add them to this page - click here to email us

We have not been able to check whether you can use these websites using speech software, so let us know if they don't work for you and we'll SHOUT at the publishers!! Websites should be accessible - it's the law!

Please note that Calibre is not responsible for the content of these websites.

Mrs Mad Bookarama is a website about books with reviews, jokes and a chance to give your views.

Seven Stories is a museum of children's books on Tyneside with a great website, including a 'write your own story' page that you can illustrate too!

Charlotte using screenreaderAchuka is a website that reviews children's books and has interviews with authors. It's run by an ex-head teacher and is aimed at adults rather than you but it's still a good place to find out about books.

Redhouse is a bookseller, but look out for their competitions and chat with other book worms.

My home library has book reviews and some super illustrated book plates that you can download and stick in your own books. It has a section on Clear Vision books - they are books with both print and braille on them.

CBeebies - part of BBC Cbeebies site has spoken stories, complete with animations.

Anne Fine's website tells you all about the amazing range of books she writes. And you can download some bookplates to stick in your own books or email one to a friend.

The Roald Dahl website has lots of fun things about Dahl and his wacky characters with great sound effects.

Jacqueline Wilson's website tells you all about her and her books. It has competitions and downloadable wallpaper for your computer. Just click the links and then search by author.

JK Rowling's website is as spooky as the corridors of Hogwarts, with mysterious clues for all Harry Potter fans. Even better, there is a text-only version for fans who can't see the graphics.

If you love Alex Rider, you'll love the website. Can you get past security to read about the reluctant teenage spy?

Michael Rosen has been children's laureate. On his website you can read some of his poems like the Plastic Bag Tree or watch him perform We're Going on a Bear Hunt .