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17 September 2020
14:00 UK / 09:00 EST

Product Narratives: the challenges of supply and demand-side barriers for priority AT

Designed to spark conversation and debate; panellists will provide an overview of their work followed by a wider discussion on the topic.

The third of the GDI Hub's new digital event series took place on Thursday, September 17th.

In this Disability Innovation Live session, we'll be looking at the Assistive Technology (AT) Product Narratives. The Product Narratives have been developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) under the FCDO funded AT2030 programme, led by GDI Hub, in support of the ATscale Strategy.

These documents set out what we know about the state of the global market for each AT product, and identify global recommendations for how to address some of the barriers to access currently experienced in low and middle-income countries. They are really important documents for the sector, and this is the first time such work has been done on Assistive Technology following huge success in other sectors, like access to essential medicines. In this session, we will hear from the experts about what the PNs are, how they will inform global policy, and how we hope they will help us reach more people with life-changing AT.


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Professor Cathy Holloway
Co-founder, Academic Director of GDI Hub and Professor at UCL’s Interaction Centre.
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Dr Ben Oldfrey
Research Fellow working between the Global Disability Innovation Hub and the Institute of Making
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Alison End Fineberg

Director of ATscale; the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology
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Frederic Seghers

Associate Director, Clinton Health Access Initiative
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Dennis Soendergaard

Innovation Specialist (Disability and Assistive Technology), UNICEF

Background information

We won't have time to go through all of the contents of the Product Narratives in the session, but reports are available in accessible versions on both the AT2030 website and the ATscale website, so have a look in advance.

Current available Product Narratives include:

  • Wheelchairs & Related Services
  • Hearing Aids & Related Services
  • Prostheses and Related Services
  • Eyeglasses

Additional translated versions of the documents will be available soon.

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