Driving the disability innovation for a fairer world means that we take what we've learnt through our research and experiences to advocate for evidence-based change for disabled people. We work with partners, individuals, organisations and industries to accelerate change and the realisation of human rights through policy, public engagements, consultancy, innovation activities and by amplifying the voices of disabled people:
- Policy consultations and political engagement
- Disability Innovation Live - our free monthly webinar series
- Conferences and public engagements - 100+ showcases in 2019/20
- Advice and consultancy - to business and governments
- Makeathons - working alongside global partners
Sharing knowledge and experiences in disability innovation, GDI Hub's new Disability Innovation Live series is a space for questions, ideas and reflections - we'll be telling the stories behind the innovations, the people behind the products and the pathways to success. Each month will focus on a different topic or theme.
To accelerate access to Assistive Technology, ATscale the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology was formally launched at the Global Disability Summit in 2018. The Partnership will catalyse change, amplify existing work, and coordinate access to Assistive Technology by tackling supply and demand side drivers to scale. The AT2030 programme will continue to support the development and implementation of ATscale.
The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe held its annual conference, this year with a focus on Global Challenges in Assistive Technology, in Bologna (Italy) between the 27th and the 30th of August. Researchers from GDI Hub and partner organizations including the Clinton Health Access Initiative and ATscale organised a special session focused on sharing the work carried out so far as part of the AT2030 programme.
On the 22nd and 23rd of August 2019 several members of GDI Hub were invited to Geneva to take part in the consultation for the Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) organized by the WHO. The scope of the consultation was to bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers, and assistive technology users from different countries in the world to help shape the content for the Global Report on Assistive Technology that will be published by 2021.
Disability Interaction (DIX) puts disability front and center in the design process, and in so doing aims to create accessible, creative new HCI solutions that will be better for everyone, including poor communities, which disabled people are more likely to be part of.
Partnering with UCL and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the GDI Hub hosted the Enable Makeathon 2.0 in London. Five teams were selected to come to London to further develop their disability innovation ideas into new products and services over the course of a 16-day intensive ‘bootcamp’.