Disability / Additional Needs / Medical Care

The following links will take you to specific support groups for a range of disabilities and additional needs. If you, your child or partner has a disability or additional needs, don’t forget to register with the RAF so that those involved with postings, deployments, etc, can be made aware of the potential impact of Service life on the individual concerned and take this into consideration when determining future postings.

Guidance on registering is in Air Publication (AP) 3392 Volume 2 Leaflet 2411, which is available on the RAF Intranet. Also available is the Joint Service Publication (JSP) 820 which details the MOD Disability and Additional Needs Policy. Further advice is available from the local unit personnel staff, SSAFA Social Work Practitioner or from the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS).

SSAFA have a Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum.

The Government website gives a wealth of information for disabled people and also explain the rights of disabled people.

Ability Net is a charity that brings the benefits of computer technology to adults and children with disabilities.

Sibs is a UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people.

Contact a Family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.

Capability Scotland provides information and reading material on benefits, new therapy treatments, new reseach and a wide range of issues relating to disability. 

See also the Health Section and the Useful links there.

If it is a child with additional needs and there are associated educational issues it is advisable to also register with the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), see our Special Educational Needs Section.

Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of  the UK armed forces. Through this provision their aims are to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for their clients.

StairliftsReviews helping you find out about the grants available to help with the cost of home adaptations for adults and children with disabilities.



Autism and Asperger Syndrome

National Autistic Society champion the rights and interests of those with autism and aim to provide help, support and serivces that can make a positive difference. For those with Asperger's they also have sound advice right from initial diagnosis.

Blind and Partially Sighted

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) provide crucial assistance to ex-Service men and women with very significant loss of sight. 

Royal National Institute for the Blind is a national charity supporting the 2m people in the UK with significant sight problems.

Cancer and Leukaemia

MacMillan Cancer Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team provide quality assured, up-to-date cancer information, written by specialists for patients, relatives and carers.

Children with Leukaemia This started as a memorial charity is now the UK’s leading national charity dedicated to the conquest of childhood leukaemia through pioneering research, new treatment and support of leukaemic children and their families.

CLIC Sargent For children with cancer.

Orchid Cancer Appeal Fighting male cancer.

Marie Curie Cancer Care Providing care for those with cancer and other terminal illnesses.


Diabetes UK is a leading charity working for people with diabetes.  It funds research, campaigns and seeks to help people live with the condition.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - There are currently 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, over 29,000 of them are children.

Cerebral Palsy

Scope is a disability organisation whose focus is on those with cerebral palsy and looks to help them achieve equality.


Royal National Institute for Deaf people is the largest charity representing 8.7m people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Downs Syndrome

The Down's Syndrome Association offer a host advice and seek to help those with the condition live full and rewarding lives. It is a membership oganisation open to anyone who wishes to join and in particular parents of children or adults with Down's syndome and their parents/carers.


The Epilepsy Society is committed to providing information and support to people with epilepsy. We also provide care for people with epilepsy through medical and residential services.

Young Epilepsy is a national charity with over 100 years' experience as a centre of expertise for all young people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.


meningitis_now_copyMeningitis Now alerting people to the signs and symptoms of meniingitis and also to help and support those struggling to cope with the after effects and impact of meningitis or associated septicaemia.

Multiple Sclerosis

The Armed Forces Multiple Sclerosis Support Group is specifically for those living with MS in a forces environment.

Learning and Developmental Difficulties

MENCAP works with both children and adults with learning disabilities and also work with their families.

The Brainwave programme is aimed at realising the potential of children with developmental delay, a brain injury or genetic condition who is aged between 6 months and 12 years.


BLESMA is a national charity for limbless ex-Service personnel and those who have suffered other disabilitets during service.

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