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Your Hidden Disability

Not all disabilities are immediately obvious. A wide range of medical, sensory, neurological, and mental health conditions can impact on daily living. In our experience, education, understanding, and practical adjustments go a long way to improving equality.

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Identified and respected

Not all disabilities are obvious. A wide range of medical, sensory, neurological, and mental health conditions can impact daily living. In our experience, education, understanding, and practical adjustments go a long way to improving equality.

We’re passionate about making sure hidden disabilities are identified, respected, and adjusted for. Our friendly team has a wide variety of lived experiences which means we better understand what you need and how we can best support you.

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Here to listen and support

We are here to listen and offer support. Our trained Time to Talk and Hub team and our support services range from getting active, getting connected with others, and getting involved in the things that matter to you. We also share useful links to organisations that work with us that specialise in a particular hidden disability.

Explore this web page to learn about the services and support we can offer you or contact our friendly team today

Useful Links

Information and support for adults and young people and their carers.

What is Autism? and what it is not, learn more on our dedicated website page to mark World Autism Day here.

Mental Health Matters – The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay

Disability Inclusion in the workplace – y making disability inclusion a priority, businesses can help drive motivation, engagement, and talent retention at work.

Are you looking for support with something else?

info@livingoptions.org Phone: 01392 459 222

What is Learning Disability?

People with a learning disability can take longer to learn and may need additional support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people (as defined by charity Mencap). Read more…

Our Support Services

The Hub

Your first point of contact with Living Options Devon, our friendly Hub team connects you to the support services, advice, and information that you need.

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Time To Talk

Our free, confidential listening support and advice helpline, for those with a disability and/or long-term health condition.

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Counselling Service

6 free sessions of accessible counselling to people with a disability and members of the Deaf community (British Sign Language Users) across Devon.

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Get Active Together

Supporting disabled and Deaf BSL users to become more active and engage in sport and physical activity

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Countryside Mobility

Providing easy access to the countryside for anyone who has difficulty walking, through an off road mobility scooter hire scheme
Explore the South West with freedom and ease.

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Victim Care and Support

Free confidential support for victims of crime

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Living Options Northern Devon, Sight and Hearing Loss Service

Living Options Northern Devon, supporting you with information, advice and equipment for sight and hearing loss. The team also signpost to additional support services locally for disabled people and members of the Deaf Community.

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Devon Disability Network (DDN)

Enabling disabled and Deaf people to campaign and be involved in developing the support services they need.

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Deaf Get Active and Volunteer

We aim to increase participation in sport / activity in the local Deaf community through volunteer-based peer support and online resources.

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Your Stories

Carly’s Advocacy Story

“The advocate continued to support me in meetings. It was crucial to my wellbeing that they were there. They found out what my options were, and helped me understand these options, and how they might work for me”.

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Jodie’s Story

“Jodie has been able to fully access two National Trust properties in Cornwall. Today we have been at Godolphin. In April she was able to use the Tramper at Lanhydrock”.

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David’s Story

“When I was diagnosed I went through a very difficult time. I felt despair and self pity. I thought I would not be able to do anything for myself. See Hear gave me hope and inspired me”.

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Mary’s Story

“I am grateful for the help applying for a job”

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William’s Story

I didn’t know what to expect or if they would be able to help me. When I got there it was fabulous. The equipment you can try out and hire makes all the difference.

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Zoe’s Story

‘’Living Options Devon, gave me my life back.’’

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Your Campaigns

We support Purple Tuesday

Ask your local shops to make a commitment to improving access. This could be through implementing the hidden disability sunflower lanyard scheme, or supporting customers with sensory needs with formal quiet hours.

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50 years of Pride

This year the UK is celebrating 50 years of Pride. On 1 July 1972 a ‘carnival parade’ of protest was […]

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BBC Make a Difference Awards 2022

BBC Local Radio has created a new award campaign to celebrate people who are going above and beyond to make […]

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Better Health: Every Mind Matters Loneliness #EveryMindMatters

As part of the Better Health: #EveryMindMatters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely.

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Captioning Awareness Week

Nearly one in five (18%) of UK adults are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.  Fewer than 1% is fluent in British Sign Language, this means captioned performances are vital for the 11 million who want to enjoy the arts like anyone else.

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Tell us about your care

Your feedback will help the CQC develop new services for disabled people, with their needs central to their plans.

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Our News

Accessible Adventures With Casey

Last year we visited Haldon Forest Park and met with Casey Newton where we spent the afternoon filming a three […]

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New films support vaccines and health checks for people with a learning disability

We were pleased to be able to contribute to such an important resource working in partnership with NHS Devon and […]

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£20,000 funding to help local Deaf and disabled community become more active

We are delighted to have received £20,000 in funding from the Peter Harrison Foundation. The fund will be used to […]

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Devon, Plymouth and Torbay VCSE Assembly

Devon, Plymouth and Torbay VCSE Assembly Update If you are a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation in Devon, Plymouth […]

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A message from our Chair of Trustees and Chief Executive

Season’s Greetings from Living Options Devon “To our funders, partners, volunteers and friends, thank you for all your support during […]

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Living Options Devon celebrates after receiving National Lottery funding

Living Options Devon celebrates after receiving National Lottery funding Living Options Devon is celebrating today after being awarded £431,654 in […]

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