Domain: Advocacy

Themes: Assistive & Accessible Technology, Inclusive Design, Culture and Participation

Disability Innovation Live - our webinar series

Our new Disability Innovation Live is a space for questions, ideas and reflections. A virtual get together to share knowledge and experiences in disability innovation.

We will be telling the stories behind the innovations, the people behind the products and the pathways to success.

Disability Innovation Live will feature global experts and invited guests.

Each month we focus on a different topic or theme. The series is suitable for all levels of experience, from those working in disability innovation to people beginning to explore this area.

The series aims to spark conversation and debate. Panellists will provide an overview of their work followed by a discussion with live questions from the audience.

Past webinars

Learning Better: The Path to Inclusive Educational Technology

Education is a resource which can transform lives, raise aspirations and build futures – its role is to open hearts and minds, with the best, most up-to-date knowledge, allowing for socialisation and fun.

However, across education, disabled students often face obstacles in harnessing and maximising their study experience. These challenges can take many forms, from discrimination and stigma to logistical challenges in the physical environment and, most importantly, little or no access to the right access technology.

Ahead of the Global Disability Summit in February, GDI Hub is bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the continued need for inclusive education and appropriate and affordable EdTEch, in the UK, and the rest of the world.

An Inclusive Future: Disability Inclusive and Climate Resilient Cities

Ahead of COP 26 GDI Hub focused this Disability Innovation Live webinar on disability inclusive climate resilience in cities. During this event speakers from organisations GDI Hub, Asian Development Bank and Kota Kita discussed infrastructure and urban development projects in countries including Mongolia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Kenya. The speakers drew out key issues and challenges that projects face in inclusion, sustainability and resilience and highlighted what needs to be done to address them. Key messages included the need to break down silos and ensure that disabled people are active participants in the conversation, design and implementation of climate resilient strategies.

Clubfoot - Time to Act!

A new report by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for AT2030 was published in July this year. The report aims to drive improvements for millions of children and adults with clubfoot to reach their full potential and has collated a variety of recommendations to ensure that progress is made. This webinar shared those findings and bought together key stakeholders from USAID, MiracleFeet, Global Clubfoot Initiative, GDI Hub and the WHO to help drive change.

Disability Live from Tokyo: From 1964 to 2020: A Journey of Disability Innovation

Since the International Stoke Mandeville games in 1952, and the official launch of the Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, the Paralympic Games have represented a key event to promote inclusion, celebrate disability and foster innovation. On the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and just after the launch of *#WeThe15 we explored the incredible story of how the games have changed the world of disability, showcasing the amazing work done by researchers at the Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL and the Keio School of Media Design, telling you a story of disability innovation that started at Tokyo 1964, passing by London 2012 and continuing beyond Tokyo 2020.

Tomorrow’s disability innovation pioneers: a showcase of PHD research, ideas and technologies

Technology has the potential to change lives, no more so than in the emerging area of disability innovation. During this webinar we will hear from scholars partaking in PHD studies with Global Disability Innovation Hub. The session will be an opportunity to find out more about some of the innovative research projects led by our PHD students taking place across UCL, Loughborough University and London College of Fashion.

Race, Disability and Innovation: diversity and the disability innovation movement

Disability Innovation is an expanding field. Globally the sector is looking to engage the best pioneering minds to find solutions to the biggest challenges. Innovation is driven by different perspectives, experiences and knowledge. Diversity is essential in driving forward new and dynamic approaches.

During this session we will hear voices from around the world, reflecting on their own experiences and global knowledge about the intersectionality between race and disability. From employment to entrepreneurship, education to aspiration, we'll be asking what next to make the disability innovation space more inclusive, and exploring why diversity is critical to innovation.

Country Capacity Assessments - supporting country governments to address AT access

Showcasing the need for and the importance of Assistive Technology (AT) the Country Capacity Assessments have identified current gaps in policy, procurement and provision - giving an overarching view on a national landscape in relation to AT and aiding decision-makers to understand what their AT priorities are.

Assessments have been carried out across 7 countries in Africa, as well as Mongolia and Indonesia, with further assessments ongoing in Viet Nam, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. A new WHO tool has been used to collect the data - the AT Capacity Assessment tool (ATA-C). This project is part of Global Disability Innovation Hub’s UK aid funded AT2030 programme, and has been delivered alongside WHO, CHAI and UCL’s Development Planning Unit.

During this webinar we will hear from those that created the ATA-C tool and implemented the Country Capacity Assessments, exploring in more detail the insights and outcomes from Ethiopia, and the importance of stakeholders in driving health policy change. We’ll also find out more from Bolivia, where the assessment is just beginning, and hear how the ATA-C tool is being launched globally to support national governments to improve access to AT.

Read the lessons learned report of the Country Capacity Assessment

Inclusive Design: What if we built a world that was accessible to all?

Inclusive Design is a design approach that seeks to ensure everyone can experience the world in a fair and equal way. This means accounting for and celebrating diversity in how we design and plan the built environment. The session will bring together a diverse panel of experts to discuss what inclusive design looks like in practice for them, who benefits and how it can offer methods to build a more accessible world that benefits all of us.

This session will launches the findings of the first of our UK Aid funded AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study on Inclusive Design in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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

September 17th 2020

Exploring the Assistive Technology (AT) Product Narratives (developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative under the 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.

The product narrative reports are available in accessible versions on both the AT2030 website ( and the ATscale website (, so have a look in advance.

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Disability, Stigma & the role of Innovation

6th Aug 2020, 1-2 pm BST

The role of stigma in preventing disability inclusion, and what enables it to be overcome, focused on innovative and creative methods.

Panellists for this Disability Innovation Live will include;

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COVID-19 and Disability; Exploring a new innovation landscape

Thursday 16th July, 1-2 pm

Exploring the impact of, and learnings from COVID-19 on Disability Innovation. We heard from those shifting their work in response to the pandemic including looking at how learnings from Assistive Technology (AT) are being applied to this unprecedented global environment.

We also looked at how knowledge captured during the Ebola crisis can support the response to COVID-19.

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