2. Innovation

Supporting new products and service delivery models to scale

  • Improve the use of emerging technology for accessibility
  • Spark Assistive Technology (AT) innovation
  • Scale-up proven AT and associated service delivery models
  • Establish an Innovation Ecosystem in Kenya: Innovate Now.
  • Assistive Technology Impact Fund (ATIF)
  • Support start-ups to scale solutions to new service delivery approaches and disruptive technologies
  • Ecosystem acceleration programme
  • Live Labs and an AT Makeathon


  • SP 3: Innovation: Delivering AT innovations in East Africa through inclusive innovation ecosystems, AT accelerator, service delivery and wheelchair provision. Horizon scanning to scope the disability mobile gap and programmes to address stigma. 3D printing for humanitarian response and an AT Makeathon.
  • SP 4: Innovation Hub India: Led by the WHO, UCL and the Indian Council for Medical Research we are exploring a new partnership to deliver an Innovation Hub in India with regional reach.
  • SP 5: AT Impact Fund: The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed.


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    Signs TV Case Study

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Feb. 27, 2023

    Signs Media TV was launched in 2015 when the company applied to the Communication Authority of Kenya for permission to run a television station broadcasting in sign language and was granted the permission. In February 2017, Signs Media started broadcasting on free-to-air platforms – Signs TV and is also found on channels like GoTV and StarTimes. The platform broadcasts in Kenyan sign language with voice as an override, airing films, movies, music (both gospel and secular), and Bible interpretation. Its main objectives are to educate, inform, and entertain in sign language, by extension enhancing disability and the deaf culture, where 80% of the programs are hosted by persons with disabilities.

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    Riziki Source: Connecting People with Disabilities to Job Opportunities

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Feb. 2, 2023

    In today's digital age, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. From social media to online shopping, we rely on technology to make our lives easier and more efficient. However, for people with disabilities, technology can also play a crucial role in helping them to find and secure employment. One organization that is using technology to help people with disabilities find jobs is Riziki Source

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    From Junk to Wheelchairs: The Story of Lincoln Wamae – an engineer and innovator

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Feb. 2, 2023

    Lincoln Wamae is a Kenyan inventor and engineer who has made it his mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the power of innovation. Using his skills in mechatronics and electrical engineering, Wamae has developed a range of electric wheelchairs that are not only functional and reliable, but also environmentally friendly.

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    Innovation Spotlight: Building a walking companion for the visually impaired.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Oct. 13, 2022

    Hope Tech Plus Limited is dedicated to developing innovative technologies and building tools and programs for empowerment that support inclusion in all sectors of society. They accomplish this by utilizing modern technology to produce tools that improve interaction with the physical environment and promote personal development. "The Fourth Eye" was the first product, a device that employs echolocation technology to image obstructions and warns the user via haptic feedback.

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    Innovation Spotlight: From recovery to innovation; the journey to create a revolutionary, low cost, all-terrain wheelchair, that can be manufactured with basic tools, using locally available materials and components.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Oct. 5, 2022

    The Safari seat, a revolutionary, low-cost, all-terrain wheelchair, was born—an easy-to-repair, customizable solution, that can be manufactured with basic tools, using locally available materials and components.