Disability Innovation for a fairer world

We harness academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective. Our work runs across five themes:

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New innovation platform - www.innovationaction.org – to provide global solutions to global challenges

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GDI Hub is leading a £20m global programme called AT2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All. Its aim is to reach 9 million people directly and 6 million people indirectly, testing new approaches and backing ‘what works’ to get Assistive Technology to those who need it.

Visit the AT2030 website for more info or download the AT2030 leaflet.

Our Themes

Image shows a cardboard model of a Paralympic wheelchair racer made during National Paralympic Day in 2016.

We are working with partners including; British Council, British Paralympic Association, Design Museum and our founding partners including; Loughborough University London, V&A and UAL to work across disability arts, sport and culture. Our experience from London 2012 and the positive impact it had on perceptions of disability continues to influence our work in these areas.

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Our Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research draws on the best scientific traditions in Computer Science and Human Sciences to study the interactions between people and technology. We are developing new theory and creating methdods for working across disciplnes, even creating new undiciplined ways of working to create solutions. A core part of this work is to advance the sub-fields of Disability Interaction (DIX), Early-years Mobility and Physiological Computing. Out research is intertwined with that of UCLIC.

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Inclusive design aims to make buildings, products and environments accessible to all people. It concerns the experience of people affected by age, physical ability or other factors.

An old man in a wheelchair is taking a photo of an art sculpture of a man wearing shorts and braces on a space hopper.

We believe that through innovative collaborations interesting and creative ideas are developed.

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Assistive technology (AT) is the application of organised knowledge and skills related to assistive products, systems and services, designed to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, and thereby promote their well-being.

We are leading AT 2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All, a £10m global programme that will reach 3 million people.

Founding Partners