GDI Hub is a research and practice centre driving disability innovation for a fairer world.

Disability innovation is part of a bigger movement for disability justice, which must disrupt current ideas and practice to create new possibilities.

Operational in over 35 countries, we work with more than 70 partners, delivering projects across a portfolio of £50m. GDI Hub has reached 12 million people since its launch in 2016 by developing bold approaches, building innovative partnerships, and creating ecosystems to accelerate change.

To find out more about the team behind GDI Hub visit our Team Page

Driving Disability Innovation for a fairer world

Our vision is for disability justice; we want a world without barriers to participation and with opportunity for all.

We address intractable challenges by co-designing innovative solutions that are inclusive, accessible and better than before.

We believe disability innovation is more than a product, service or a policy. It is a way of thinking to shift the agendas of mainstream delivery partners towards fairer future societies and communities.

We push the boundaries towards maximal inclusion.

We believe a fairer world is one without barriers to participation within an inclusive and environmentally sustainable society.

Our approach

We have big ideas.

We are world leading experts who develop and test new knowledge, providing the evidence that enables change.

We deliver impact.

We know and show how to make the world more disability inclusive by delivering real impact, demonstrating innovation in action and changing global conversations.

We build partnerships.

Grounded in our founding partnership in East London, and born out of the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we lead disruptive collaborations at the global and local level which benefit the sector overall.

Who we are

GDI Hub is two things, an academic research centre (led by UCL) and a community interest company (a social business).

We have an Advisory Board of disabled people from three continents.

We work with more than 70 global partners and are now the first official Collaborating Centre for the WHO on AT.

Our Themes

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

  • Assistive & Accessible Technology
  • Inclusive Design
  • Inclusive Education Technology
  • Climate & Crisis Resilience
  • Cultural Participation

More Information about our academic centre

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