GDI Hub: exploring disability from a new perspective

We are building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world.

We harness academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective. We do this to have a positive impact on the lives of disabled people around the world.


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What we mean by Disability Innovation

Disability innovation is more than a product, service or policy; it is a way of thinking.

It’s about listening to the people who know best. It’s about creating disruptive partnerships, finding new solutions, and bringing people together to find new approaches and then making them happen.

Disability Innovation is not an activity on the sidelines; it is harnessing the creativity and dynamism of community-led solutions to shape mainstream projects and programmes.

Disability Innovation is primarily about better outcomes for disabled people. However, it is also about the freedom to unleash visionary solutions that work better for all of us.

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PhD Opportunity - join the GDI Hub Team

The GDI Hub PhD team has been awarded an EPSRC studentship based in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). UCLIC is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction teaching and research, studying interactions between people and technology, drawing on the best scientific traditions in Computer Science and Human Sciences, and working collaboratively with the research community and industry.

The PhD studentship is for a project to develop interactive technologies with local disabled groups in East London. The specific type of technology is flexible.

Candidates are asked to email Cathy Holloway if interested in the position. Applications will close on the 14th Sept and the applicant will be expected to start by the 1st Dec 2018.

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The GDI Hub Test

All GDI Hub projects must have Global impact and application; specifically relate to Disability; demonstrate genuine Innovation; and build an accessible knowledge and practice Hub through open collaboration.

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