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.

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

The third of the GDI Hub's new digital event series will take 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 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 AT 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.


  • 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

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.

Additional translated versions of the documents will be available soon.


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

Register to join live or watch this space for more details on our upcoming sessions.

Vicki interviewing a female wheelchair user in Sierra Leone.
Photo: Angus Stewart

Past webinar: 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

Past webinar: 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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