2. Innovation

Supporting new products and service delivery models to scale

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 
  • Stigma in Youth project  



  • SP 3: Innovation: Delivering AT innovations in LMICs through inclusive innovation ecosystems, AT accelerator, service delivery and wheelchair provision. Horizon scanning to scope the disability mobile gap and programmes to address stigma. Partners include: GDI Hub at UCL, Shujaaz, Motivation, Bethany Kids, Amparo, Amref, GSMA, Maynooth University, University of Nairobi, Humanity & Inclusion, Stepwise, Our latest project is Mobile as AT: This project will investigate how access to mobile phones affects disabled people’s qualify of life in India, Kenya and Brazil; the extent to which the features of mobile phones can replicate or replace existing assistive technologies; and how disabled people can be supported in acquiring digital skills needed to take advantage of their mobile devices. It will also explore how it may be possible to increase access to mobile phones for people ​​​​​that would benefit from assistive technology. Partners include: GDI Hub at UCL, Google, ATscale, IIIT Bangalore, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
  • SP 4: Innovation Hub India: Led by the WHO, UCL and the Indian Council for Medical Research we have developed a new partnership to deliver an Innovation Hub in India with regional reach. We will be delivering an AT accelerator programme with IIT Delhi (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi) and an AT Academic Innovation programme that goes alongside it.
  • SP 5: GDI Accelerate: Now GDI Accelerate, a powerhouse of insight, innovation and technical excellence – designing, testing and scaling solutions. SP 5 was previously operationalised as the AT Impact Fund which 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.