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 Themes

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

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Paralympic Agitos in the Olympic Park
Young boy with one leg and using crutches taking a penalty
A group of people using a section of mobility aids from adapted motorised scooters to there-wheel tricycles in India