Project Type: Advocacy

Themes: Assistive 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.

Upcoming webinars

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

22 October 2020

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 also launch the findings of the first of our UK Aid funded AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study on Inclusive Design in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


  • Iain McKinnon - what inclusive design means to GDI Hub and why it matters, drawing on our experience working in both the UK and globally.
  • Peter Carr - An overview of inclusive design of the built environment in the UK and Kenya, including the role of access panels to embed the views of disabled people in planning and decision-making
  • Mikaela Patrick - an introduction to GDI Hub’s AT2030 programme including our Inclusive Infrastructure research sub-programme that is conducting six global case studies in LMIC cities around the world over the next 2-3 years.
  • Mongolia Research Team - discussing the challenges and opportunities for an accessible Mongolia and the importance of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) engagement in decision-making
  • Indonesia Research Team - Members of the Kota Kita team will discuss the importance of inclusive planning processes for accessible cities in Indonesia

Register now to join this webinar

Past webinars

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.


  • Professor Cathy Holloway and Dr Ben Oldfrey from GDI Hub who provided expert input and are building the outcomes into the AT2030 programme
  • Alison End Fineberg from ATscale, which will use the product narratives to inform its investments
  • Frederic Seghers from Clinton Health Access Initiative who developed them
  • Dennis Soendergaard from UNICEF

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;

  • Vicki Austin, Global Disability Innovation Hub - Culture, Paralympic legacy & how innovation can change mindsets
  • Mark Carew, Leonard Cheshire - Stigma research incorporating the perspectives of persons with disabilities & disability-inclusive research processes
  • Dr Anastasia Mirzoyants, Shujaaz - Kenyan youth & the perception of people with disabilities
  • Dr Giulia Barbareschi, GDI Hub & UCL - Assistive technology, identity & the role of innovation

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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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