UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Resources and Support Information

In the links below you can find available resources for support and information for patients and carers.

  • Useful Websites: 

    Ataxia UK: The leading national charity in the UK for people affected by any type of ataxia. See website for links to research, information and advice, and locations of local support groups across the country.


    You can find some fact sheets about ataxia here: https://www.ataxia.org/fact-sheets/ 

    FARA: Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance Ireland: Works to develop a strong connection with international research on Friedreich’s Ataxia, raise funds for research and increases public awareness about the plight and condition of people with Friedreich’s Ataxia.


    Eurotaxia: A European non-profit association whose member organisations work together to give people with hereditary ataxia as normal a life as possible.


    Genetic Alliance UK: A national charity of over 200 patient organisations, supporting those affected by genetic conditions. Genetic Alliance UK’s aim is to improve the lives of people affected by genetic conditions, ensuring that high quality services and information are available to all who need them.


    The Neurological Alliance: The only collective voice for 80 organisations working together to make life better for millions of people in England with a neurological condition. 


    The Brain Charity: The Brain Charity offers national support for all neurological conditions.  The website offers practical help and information, A-Z of conditions, a newsletter, Q&A forum, news and events


    Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC): Provision of tailored driving assessments and driving tuition


    QEF Mobility Services (Surrey) Offers a variety of driving assessments and advice


    Living Made Easy – Impartial help, advice and information about daily living equipment, disability equipment, mobility and independent living aids for older or disabled people


    Motability: Service that leases cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs to people with disabilities


    Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA): Information about financial assistance for disabled students


    Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Guidance on Personal Independence Payment eligibility and how to claim


    Citizens Advice Bureau: Help and advice on benefits, housing and work


    Access to Work: Overview of the Access to Work grants scheme which can be used for practical support at work


    Remap: Charitable organisation that designs and custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives


    Ability Net: The only charity in the UK that works with people with all disabilities and of all ages, helping them use computers and the internet to improve their lives at home, at work and in education


    Special Effect: Putting fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games, using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control.


    Carers Trust: Access advice on different aspects of caring, including self-care, benefits and work assessments, legal rights and accessing support. Caters for young and adult carers.


    The Counselling Directory: A comprehensive database of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, fees and contact information. 


    Disabled Go: A website that provides detailed information about access to local healthcare, education, jobs, services and places of interest. 


    Clinical Trials.gov: A database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.


    ERN – RND – European Reference Network for Rare Neurological Diseases: A network to support patients and families affected by rare neurological diseases (RND).


  • Medical Guidelines for the management of the ataxias

      We have taken part with a group of experts in the making of the first medical guidelines for the management of the ataxias. You can            find the whole document here: 

      A summary of these guidelines was produced for primary care services - you can find it here: 

     We have also published these guidelines in scientific journals - you can find the two articles here: 


Any clinical queries: We are keen to display information that is useful to you. If you would like to suggest a particular resource to be displayed on our resource page, please contact our clinicla team here: uclh.ataxia@nhs.net 

Suggest a new resource: We are keen to display information that is useful to you. If you would like to suggest a particular resource to be displayed on our resource page, please contact us