Advocacy

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



MSc student in a wheelchair in front of the workshop in the UCL building at Here East.
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United Kingdom

Snowdon Masters Scholarships

Investing in inspirational disabled leaders. Funding up to £15,000 for a UK Masters course and a £15,000 allowance while studying.

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Disability Innovation Live - our webinar series

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.

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Women standing and man in wheelchair using a mobile device next to an art sculpture

Disability Interactions (DIX) Manifesto

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.

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Our Director Vicki Austin speaking in Paris
France

Paris 2024 - the first Innovation Games?

Paris 2024, Disability Innovation, GDI Hub, London 2012

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Group photo of AT Scale members

AT2030 Subprogramme: Support to ATscale the Global Assistive Technology Partnership

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.

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Giulia presenting in a lecture room. Screen shows projection of a PPT presentation
Italy

AAATE Conference Summary

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.

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Audience sitting down at the WHO conference room
Switzerland

GReAT Summit Summary

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.

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Iain McKinnon addresses a crowded seminar room in the background there are 3 banners promoting sport and creativity.
Japan

Tokyo 2020 - Knowledge Exchange

In July 2018, the GDI Hub team were invited to Tokyo by the British Embassy and British Council to share our knowledge and experience from the London 2012 Paralympic Games and subsequent Paralympic Legacy programme.

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Iain McKinnon with three female colleagues from BPA and British Embassy posing for a photo in front of a large bright window.
Japan

Tokyo 2020 - Inclusive Design Advice

GDI Hub share their knowledge and experience including helping the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with their base camp preparations for Tokyo 2020.

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India | United Kingdom

Enable Makeathon 2.0

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’.

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