SP 1: Research, Evidence and Impact
Led by GDI Hub at UCL. Framing the economics of AT around a mission-led approach; developing a return on investment framework and researching what works to overcome stigma as well as focusing on the support to the development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology, evidence of local production systems for AT in LMICs, the exploration of early child mobility in LMIC and the development of a series of virtual live labs. Partners include: IIPP, All Institute, Leonard Cheshire Disability, WHO, ISPO, LSHTM, CBM International, GAATO
Credits: Angus Stewart
In 2020, a new strand of humanitarian research was incorporated into this sub-programme intended to:
- Improve understanding of the need for AT in humanitarian settings
- Compile evidence of current provision and practice across a variety of humanitarian contexts
- Provide case study examples of ‘what works’
- Provide recommendations for action by key stakeholders, particularly global humanitarian coordination bodies and actors
- Disseminate findings through working papers and conference attendance
Global Disability Innovation Hub, SLURCNov. 9, 2023Indonesia, Sierra Leone
This research summary provides key highlights and snapshot content from a major research study on the characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive technology users.
Global Disability Innovation HubOct. 27, 2023Global
Assistive Technology (AT) has long been a pioneering force in the development of emerging technologies. From audio-books to text-to-speech software, the world of disability has driven innovation that eventually became mainstream. Likewise, as mainstream technologies become more accessible and inclusive, they play a critical role in enhancing the lives of disabled individuals. In this blog post, we explore the symbiotic relationship between assistive technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations that arise at this intersection.
UCLSept. 13, 2023United Kingdom
The UCL Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub won Innovation of the Year for the development of a new, refreshable tactile technology Tacilia. The team aimed to allow children who are blind or have partial sight to be better able to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) education.
Catherine Holloway, Julian Walker, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik, Laurence Kenney, Robert Tamale Ssekitoleko, Steven McCormack, Bernadette Deere, Helen AckersJuly 25, 2023Global
This paper focuses on the local repair of assistive products in low resource environments. We review the existing literature on the repair of assistive products in low resource settings, and briefly discuss the “Right to Repair” movement.
UCLJuly 13, 2023India
The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) at UCL has announced a new collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology to support disability inclusion. The academic research and practice centre, based at UCL East, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with colleagues from the Assistech Lab at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) and R2D2 lab at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). As leaders in assistive technology (AT) research, the organisations plan to jointly deliver a collaborative AT Accelerator Program, an AT Innovation Portal, and an AT Academic Innovation Partnership to drive knowledge across different markets.