About

The Global Disability Innovation Hub was born out of the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and launched by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in September 2016.

Based at UCL on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, GDI Hub is formed of an Academic Research Centre and a Community Interest Company (a non-profit, mission-led organisation).

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

To change how we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation. We provide a platform for the talents of disabled people and the expertise of practitioners, academics and local communities. Over the next ten years we want to become the leading place to research, study, practice and share disability innovation, globally.

Our Objectives

We will achieve our mission through three strands of work:

  • Deliver exceptional, inter-disciplinary research, teaching and practice
  • Stimulate open-source innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship
  • Shape policy and programmes through co-creation, participation and community leadership

Our Cross Cutting Themes

There are five cross-cutting themes that run through all our work:

  • Inclusive Design, beyond the build environment
  • Assistive Technology for social development
  • Participation, partnerships and active citizenship
  • Human computer interaction for community wellbeing
  • Disability arts, sports and inclusive culture

More Information

Visit the GDI Hub Academic Research Centre UCL site here:

http://gdihub.cs.ucl.ac.uk/gdi...

Paralympic Agitos in red, blue and green symbolising 'spirit in motion', situated in a field at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Young boy with one leg and using crutches taking a penalty shot
A group of people using a section of mobility aids from adapted motorised scooters to three-wheel tricycles in India

Founding Partners