Research

Disability innovation is more than a product, service, or policy, it is a way of thinking to address disability challenges by co-designing solutions and sharing knowledge.

GDI Hub is a multi-sector, multi-partner, inter-disciplinary UCL research centre, bringing together diverse and cross-disciplinary expertise to leverage international partnerships for global reach, led by Academic Director Professor Cathy Holloway.
India | Kenya | Nepal | Sierra Leone

Local Systems Strengthening

This project is investigating the potential to strengthen local systems of AT provision and innovation to address gaps in service. Where could more localised product and service innovation complement global supply chains to unlock more sustainable and resilient AT ecosystems ? We believe there is an opportunity to create better connections between the AT community and local manufacturers, with both newer digital and traditional fabrication expertise to enable innovation and better support for AT users beyond initial provision.


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A person on a wheelchair on an uneven rocky path with grass patch and walls along the path
India | Indonesia | Kenya | Mongolia | Sierra Leone

AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure

Participatory case studies on inclusive design and accessibility in cities. Creating enabling environments and infrastructure for assistive technology users through inclusive design.

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A wheelchair user facing away from camera at a bright yellow table full of art supplies, the floor is orange/red chequered pattern and there are two other people at the table. It looks like a classroom.
Kenya

AT2030: Assistive Technology Scoping Exercise

Funded by UK AID this focused on mapping and analysis of the innovation landscape around Assistive Technology globally with a focus on low and middle-income countries to highlight potential market failures and to scope out possible solutions.

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Affordable powered mobility toy for young children, with panels for children to paint on and a simple seat design.
India | Kenya

Powered mobility for young children everywhere

Young children everywhere need to be mobile - to be able to explore their world, make choices about what they want to do, who they want to play with, and where they want to go.

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