It is estimated that by 2050 over 3.5 billion people would benefit from Assistive Technology, yet 90% will not have access.

AT2030 is changing that. 

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It is estimated that by 2050 over 3.5 billion people would benefit from Assistive Technology, yet 90% will not have access.

AT2030 is changing that. 

AT2030 tests ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. Led by Global Disability Innovation Hub and funded by UK aid, we've reached 29 million people in 61 countries, driving a lifetime of potential. In 2023 UK aid announced a further £31 million investment to the AT2030 programme.

UK aid announces further £31 million, backing ground-breaking AT2030 innovation and research

At COSP, the UN annual Disability conference at the United Nations in New York, Rt Hon Tom Pursglove MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work in the UK, announced that UK Aid would invest a further £31 million into the AT2030 programme, to reach 9 million more people directly and 12 million more people indirectly with life-changing accessible technology.

A photograph of MP Tom Pursglove announcing the £31 million investment at the conference of state parties

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  • Research Summary: Wheelchair provision guidelines

    World Health Organization
    Feb. 6, 2024
    Global
    Research Summaries

    This research summary provides key highlights and snapshot content from the wheelchair provision guidelines which aims to support improved access to appropriate wheelchairs, for all those in need, including children, older persons, people with mobility disabilities, and those with chronic health conditions.

  • AT DIGEST Issue 2

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, International Disability Alliance
    Feb. 1, 2024
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    AT Digest is a quarterly publication curated by the International Disability Alliance with the objective of increasing awareness about the possibilities offered by assistive technology as experienced by its users. Additionally, it aims to disseminate information to a broad spectrum of assistive technology stakeholders, such as present and prospective users, manufacturers, and policymakers.

  • The Kenyan assistive technology ecosystem: a network analysis

    Emma M. Smith, Catherine Holloway
    Jan. 17, 2024
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    The objective of this research was to provide an overview of the Kenyan Assistive Technology Ecosystem, including available assistive products and related services, and an understanding of the nature and strength of relationships between stakeholders. The research concluded that Improving access to assistive technology in Kenya will benefit from greater collaboration amongst all assistive technology stakeholders.

  • Enabling Access Locally: A Systems Approach to Wheelchair Provisioning in Low-Resource Contexts (Nepal)

    RAM CHANDRA THAPA
    Dec. 19, 2023
    Nepal
    Academic Research Publications

    Considering that 2.2% of Nepal's population faces disabilities, improving access to assistive technology is both a moral obligation and a priority for sustainable development. At the governmental level, efforts are underway to integrate essential assistive devices into the healthcare system aligning with WHO guidelines. However, there remain significant challenges in implementing these policies, despite constitutional guarantees of free and equitable access to assistive technology. This thesis proposes a collaborative approach to establish sustainable wheelchair provision in Nepal.

  • Seeking growth-stage ventures for new Assistive and Accessible Tech Growth Fund. It's time to think big.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Feb. 21, 2024
    UK

    There is a gap in the disability innovation space. The market for investing in accessible technology is focussed on pre-seed and seed phase companies. To accelerate mass market adoption of Accessible Technology we must think bigger. Accessible Technology is growth stage ready. The Accessible & Assistive Technology Growth Fund (AT Growth Fund) will transcend a new frontier for venture capital and commercial lending in the disability innovation sphere.

  • Signvrse Wins Prestigious Innovation Award and National Business Competition

    Harrison Kamau
    Dec. 21, 2023
    Kenya

    In a groundbreaking recognition of innovation and inclusivity, Signvrse, previously known as Veezaviz, achieved remarkable success at the Kenya Innovation Week (KIW) 2023, Commonwealth Edition. Co-founder Elly Savatia was honored with the esteemed Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards, spotlighting the exceptional strides made by this tech pioneer.

  • Social Finance and Investing For Good become the first delivery partners for AT2030's Accessible and Assistive Technology Growth Fund

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Dec. 13, 2023
    Global

    We are delighted to announce that GDI Hub will be partnering with Social Finance and Investing For Good for the next phase of the AT Growth Fund as we look to transcend a new frontier for venture capital and commercial lending in disability innovation. The AT Growth Fund will look to unlock long-term market opportunities in the undercapitalized yet immensely valuable Assistive Technology (AT) sector.

  • Inclusive Infrastructure, Disability and Climate Change: what's needed to leave no one behind

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Nov. 30, 2023
    UAE

    Join us at COP28 as we bring together stakeholders working across inclusive infrastructure, disability-inclusive urban development, and climate change action to discuss partnerships and practical actions to ensure persons with disabilities are not left behind. As cities integrate climate adaptation and mitigation infrastructure, accessibility and inclusion must be embedded. There is no resilient and sustainable future without inclusion.

  • Innovation Podcast

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, University College London, Giulia Barbareschi, Government of Kenya, ALL Institute (Maynooth University), UK Aid, UCL, Rhys Williams, Dr Rhys Williams, Institute of Making
    Feb. 15, 2021
    Global
    News

    A podcast featuring interviews and stories from the brains behind the disruptive and cutting-edge innovations that are aiming to impact the lives of millions of people living in different areas of the world.

  • Uniting Nations: Breaking Stigma Through Para Sports and Assistive Technology in Malawi

    Harrison Kamau, Diane Bell
    Dec. 19, 2023
    Malawi

    The Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) has successfully implemented the I'mPOSSIBLE education package to support inclusive education, including physical education, in almost 200 schools.  Additionally, it helps identify potential for the upcoming generation of para-athletes from Malawi.  During our visit, we participated in a Knowledge Exchange Forum between teachers involved in the implementation of the I’mPOSSIBLE (localised) toolkit held at the Bingu National Stadium.  We also visited the new training facility of the MPC, experienced inclusive sports activities at Lilongwe LEA Primary School, and participated in a workshop with I’mPOSSIBLE teachers to capture impactful stories of success emanating from the implementation of the programme.

  • Communicating inclusive design in different ways - a story from Medellín, Colombia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Dec. 18, 2023

    Between December 2022 and July 2023, GDI Hub’s Inclusive Design team worked in Medellín, Colombia as one of our AT2030 Inclusive infrastructure case study cities - where we created graphics and videos to communicate the key findings of the project to diverse audiences, in both English and Spanish. This blog showcases these graphics.

  • Exploring the Frontiers of Assistive Technology: Takeaways from the ATScale`s Convening Event and Remarkable Tech Summit

    International Disability Alliance, Nayem Molla
    Oct. 25, 2023
    Global

    International Disability Alliance - Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub)’s Assistive Technology User Fellow, Nayem Molla, attended ATscale convening event on digital assistive technology and employment, and the Remarkable Tech Summit on inclusive innovation in San Diego, California from 2-5 October 2023. The events brought together diverse stakeholders from across sectors and geographies to drive progress and lead discussions to shape the future of assistive technology.

  • AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure Film: Six Cities, One Park!

    Iain McKinnon
    Oct. 19, 2023
    Global

    On the 13th and 14th of September 2023, GDI Hub held its Disability Innovation Summit at our offices on the UCL East campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London. This international event provided the perfect moment for the AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure team to bring representatives from the six cities they have been researching over the past 3 years together, in person, for the first time.

  • Mobile as AT Kenya

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Feb. 28, 2024
    Kenya

    This project measures how mobile phones act as an assistive technology and how the technology alongside training can transform lives.

  • Innovation Spotlight: ACE Mobility, A Journey Fueled by Love and Resilience

    Harrison Kamau
    Dec. 20, 2023
    Kenya

    Founded by Daniel Gatura, Ace Mobility provides safe, reliable, affordable, and inclusive transport services (taxi with ramps) through their taxi hailing app, available on play store. The beginning of ACE Mobility can be traced back to a pivotal moment in the founder's life, a moment that altered the course of his destiny. At the tender age of seven, his world was shaken by a tragic accident that befell his father, who was involved in a serious accident that left him physically disabled.

  • Shifting Stigma - Stories from Malawi’s first-ever Para Games

    Kritika Naidu
    Dec. 1, 2023
    Malawi

    In Malawi, the landscape of sports is evolving, creating avenues for inclusivity, empowerment, and redefining the narrative for young people with disabilities. Nelia Majawa from the Chilinde Township in Lilongwe, arrives at the Bingu National Stadium to support and encourage around 30 young people with disabilities to play sport and interact with each other at the first Malawian Para Sport Games (27 July 2023). Her daughter is one of them. Her 13-year-old is a weightlifting enthusiast, and her mother beams with pride and joy when stating that she lifted 25 kgs on the day.

  • Riziki Source Case Study

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Nov. 1, 2023
    Kenya

    The term ‘Riziki Source’ is derived from the Swahili word signifying “livelihood.” ‘Riziki Source’ serves as an online platform (Web,app and USSD) with the objective of narrowing the divide in the employment sector by linking individuals with disabilities who are seeking jobs to prospective employers.The platform also allows employers to find suitable candidates, promoting inclusion and diversity in the workforce. Through this platform, Fredrick aimed to offer substantial employment prospects for disabled individuals in Kenya.

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