It is estimated that by 2050 two billion people would benefit from Assistive Technology, yet 90% will not have access.
AT2030 is changing that.
Photo of Ahmad Riyad Islami in Indonesia. Credits to Angus Stewart.
AT2030 tests ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all; investing £20m over 5 years to support solutions to scale. Led by Global Disability Innovation Hub and funded by UK aid, AT2030 will reach 9 million directly and 6 million more indirectly, driving a lifetime of potential. AT2030 is operational in 31 countries globally.
The programme is divided into four Programme Clusters to test ‘what works’ for AT
This paper estimates population need and coverage for distance glasses, hearing aids, and wheelchairs in India and Cameroon, and explores the relationship between assistive product (AP) need to be measured through self‐report and clinical impairment assessment.
There are approximately 3.6 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey. As a result of conflict and migration-related stressors, poverty, and difficulties accessing healthcare, these people are at a greater risk of disability and common mental disorders. This survey aims to provide reliable data on disability and mental health among Syrian refugees in Istanbul, with which to inform service planning, policy, and advocacy.
The 3D Petra project sought to develop effective solutions combining tele- rehabilitation, Computer Aided Design (CAD) Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and 3D printing to increase access to orthotic devices (a sub-set of AT) for use in emergencies and remote settings. Regarding the technology in use, only the shells of the orthoses were printed. The rest of the devices were assembled using conventional materials and components. Fitting also followed a conventional process. The project was implemented in the West Nile part of Uganda, specifically Arua District, within the refugee settlements of Omugo and Imvepi, including the catchment of host communities.
Alongside mortality and morbidity, functioning is a third health indicator which must be assessed and integrated into global health population-based metrics. This paper defines functioning, presents measurement options and highlights the importance of functioning when considering the need for, and outcome of, rehabilitation and assistive technology following a health condition illustrated by the example of COVID-19. Increased attention is needed to ensure improved clarity, consistency and understanding of the definition and measurement of functioning.
On Thursday May 6th an online launch event was held, bringing together key stakeholders in the domains of disability inclusion and inclusive design and urban development in Mongolia.
We are delighted to announce that the AT2030 programme has been recognised as; excellent ‘Exceeding Expectations’ by funders UK Aid and has already reached 12 million people in more than 31 countries.
The workshop looked to understand the barriers and challenges faced by disabled people in accessing basic infrastructure services, identifying key priority areas for improvement and recommendations for city stakeholders.
The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), based at UCL, is the first organisation to be awarded the status of World Health Organisation (WHO) Official Collaborating Centre on Assistive Technology (AT). Led by GDI Hub’s Academic Director, Professor Cathy Holloway, the WHO Collaborating Centre will focus on driving global disability innovation to work towards a fairer world through access to assistive and accessible technology.
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The 3rd of December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We reflect on this year’s theme “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World” through DPU’s research “AT2030: Community led solutions” in informal settlements Sierra Leone and Indonesia.
Zainab Jalal Ahmed is 37 years old and works as a translator (Arabic-English) for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq. The documents she translates include Memorandums of Understanding and other legal document, as well as - to facilitate the sponsorship of Iraqi students to study in overseas universities in Britain, the United States or Australia - applications, transcripts of their marks and abstracts of their works. As many are documents are legal in nature, the translations need to be very precise. Zainab also interprets for delegations and other visitors.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2050 two billion people will need AT, yet 90% will not have access. This is why the AT2030 programme is engaged in testing research, innovation, policy, and building community solutions to see what works in addressing that enormous challenge.
Although, mobile phones are universally used for communication, for persons with disabilities they become essential assistive technologies that bridge barriers to opportunities which are not accessible otherwise.
Hakim is a 30-year-old male refugee from South Sudan staying in one of the 6 villages that make up Omugo Refugee settlement, the 7th zone in Rhino Camp. AT2030 partner Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has been working with persons with disabilities (PwD) like Hakim since 2018.
6-year-old Vicky, a resident of Rhino-camp refugee settlement is the second-born in an extended family of eleven. Together with her family members, she fled South Sudan in 2016, when she was only 2 years due to the war.
10-year-old Brenda who lives with her mother in Ofua, Rhino Camp, Arua district in Uganda was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which build-up fluid is stored in the cavities deep within Brenda’s brain. The extra fluid has put pressure on Brenda’s brain which the mother felt would cause damage to her daughter’s brain, as she narrates,” My daughter’s head has enlarged since she was born, she experiences headache, has cognitive difficulties, impaired vision and she has loss coordination and incontinence”.
Fans responses to stories on Shujaaz's social media platforms featuring people with disabilities