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Going Global! Engineering and design challenges to improve our lives

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By: Rosemary Frazer

Rosemary Frazer is Senior Manager – Stakeholder Engagement at the Global Disability Innovation Hub. Rosemary has worked for over 25 years at a range of organisations including the BBC, Mencap, RADAR and Scope in developing policy and campaigns on issues affecting disabled people such as employment, independent living and attitudes towards disability.

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is a new organisation which was launched in September 2016 as part of the London 2012 legacy.

We are a unique partnership between London Legacy Development Corporation, UCL, Loughborough University London, UAL’s London College of Fashion, alongside Leonard Cheshire Disability and others.

We bring together the best in research, cutting edge technology, lived experience, academia, innovation, corporate bodies and the local community to explore disability innovation from a new perspective.

The challenges disabled people are confronted with vary from place to place. To help us understand and address these issues we have recruited people from around the world to form our Board. GDI Hub board members are diverse in their professional lives, and with their lived experience of disability it is really exciting to have such talented people help guide and shape our projects.

Our key activity this year is our Disability Innovation Summit in July. This will be an opportunity to showcase all the great projects which are being taken forward and how they are impacting on the lives of disabled people.

My role is to reach out to stakeholders and encourage them to get involved with the Hub. Too often disabled people are left out of the development of assistive technology (AT), inclusive design (see useful Inclusive Design resources here) and innovation which can improve our lives. Here at the GDI Hub we want to change that by putting disabled people at the heart of what we do.

It’s vital that disabled people are able to share their lived experience and work with us to set engineering and design challenges and help find the solutions to improve the lives of disabled people around the world.

If you have an idea you would like to share or want to know how you can get involved please email me at Rosemary@disabilityinnovation.com