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 34 million people in 61 countries, driving a lifetime of potential. In 2023 UK aid announced a further £31 million investment to the AT2030 programme.

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Accessible and Assistive Technology Growth Fund

The worlds most ambitious scaling pathway for high-potential growth-ready accessible & assistive technology ventures. Transcending a new frontier for venture capital and commercial lending in AT, we’re power mass market adoption of Accessible Technology through public and private capital.

It's time to think big. Find out more.

Mobile as AT Day

GDI Hub. Image of the AT2030 Mobile as AT project in Kenya.

Programme Clusters

The current programme (AT2030 version 3) is divided into five Programme Clusters and 13 sub-programmes to test ‘what works’ for AT. For more about AT2030 version 1 and 2 and our delivery between 2018 and 2024 - visit the about section.

AT2030 Inclusive Infrastructure - six cities

We've researched inclusive city design in 6 global cities to understand the current challenges, the opportunities, what's working well and what isn’t. To get AT to people who need it, the built environment must be inclusive, easy to use and navigate. Hear from the cities involved, and the next steps.

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Latest

  • Stories from soft prosthetics users in Sierra Leone

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Koalaa
    June 5, 2024
    5.30pm

    The story of affordable, easy to fit, soft upper limb prosthetic in Seirra Leone. This event will include a panel discussion and film screening from BBC Media Seirra Leone, who have captured the experiences of Koalaa prosethetic users in Seirra Leone. As part of the UK aid funded AT2030 programme, the innovative Koalaa prosethetic was introduced for the first time to Africa. During this film screening and panel we'll hear more on the project to drive end-to-end service from manufacturing to fitting and maintenance.

  • Attvaran accelerator drop in session.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 29, 2024
    7pm IST​
    India

    In the heart of India's burgeoning tech landscape, the Global Disability Innovation Hub, IIT Delhi and Manush Labs new innovative startup accelerator will be dedicated to early-stage assistive technology ventures and inclusive solutions. Titled Attvaran - the intense three-month accelerator aims to boost early-stage entrepreneurs in transforming solutions into compelling businesses. The programme will include expert talks, time-bound exercises, bespoke mentorship and building a network to a prolific ecosystem of entrepreneurs, disability and tech experts, assistive technology users, customers and investors.

  • Assistive Technology Survey - launch event

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, International Disability Alliance
    March 27, 2024
    10am

    The Assistive Technology Survey aimed to collect data on the general prevalence of assistive products and AT needs among AT users and potential users, pinpointing and identifying the barriers that limit the access to AT in LMICs. Join the launch to hear more on the findings of this important report.

  • Global Assistive Technology User Network - launch events

    International Disability Alliance
    March 26, 2024
    7am CET

    International Disability Alliance, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UK aid funded AT2030 programme and ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology are delighted to be launching the Global Assistive Technology User Network, a global platform for collaboration, networking, exchange and conversation about Assistive Technologies.

  • Research summary Guidelines for assistive technology service provision

    This research summary provides key highlights and snapshot content from the guidelines for assistive technology service provision – A scoping review.

  • Navigating the AT Ecosystem as Users: Findings from IDA’s Assistive Technology Survey

    International Disability Alliance, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 27, 2024
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    This report is the collective work of the International Disability Alliance and GDI Hub. The survey report is under the project “Positioning OPDs as Equal Partners on AT” to provide technical support, disseminate research, and advocate for access of persons with disabilities to assistive technology in respective regions. This report, and its base survey, also benefitted greatly from the contributions of the IDA-GDI Hub AT User Fellows, namely Ahmed Abdallah, Banya Ojok, Elizabeth Campos, Nayem Molla, and Yusra Gilani. Several user testers from IDA’s community of practice supported the enhancement of this survey, with their contributions making the survey accessible to numerous respondents.

  • Paralympic Broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sport, Media and Communication for Social Change

    Harrison Kamau
    March 26, 2024
    Global
    Research Summaries

    This research summary provides key highlights and snapshot content from the research paper, Paralympic Broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sport, Media and Communication for Social Change.

  • AT DIGEST ISSUE 4

    International Disability Alliance
    March 18, 2024
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    In this fourth and final issue of AT Digest, IDA-GDI Hub Assistive Technology User Fellows reflect on the role of assistive technology in the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in public life. They penned this piece based on their personal experiences as well as data gathered from AT user interviews conducted in their respective countries namely: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Peru, Sudan, and Uganda. Five fellows interacted in pairs to design interview questions and interviewed 20 AT users representing different disability constituencies including persons with albinism, persons with intellectual disabilities and Deaf persons. IDA provided the Fellows with technical support and guidance notes.

  • AT2030 launches innovative startup accelerator dedicated to early-stage assistive technology ventures in Asia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 27, 2024
    India

    The intense three-month program beginning July 2024 will include expert talks, time-bound exercises, bespoke mentorship and building a network to a prolific ecosystem of entrepreneurs, disability and tech experts, assistive technology users, customers and investors. The program aims to boost early-stage entrepreneurs in transforming solutions into compelling businesses.

  • How AT2030 has facilitated a 94% price reduction to power access to life-changing hearing aids

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, UNICEF
    March 4, 2024
    Rwanda

    In 2021 as part of the UK aid funded AT2030 programme, the Global Disability Innovation Hub and UNICEF were able to add hearing aids to the UNICEF Supply Catalogue for the first time. The catalogue enables governments around the world to access competitively priced and procured products - offering low-cost high-quality solutions for the first time. In Rwanda alone, a 94% reduction has been achieved.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Digital assistive technology - Joseph's story

    Harrison Kamau
    March 8, 2024
    Kenya

    John Mwangi's story serves as a realistic portrayal of the intersection between technology and disability, showcasing the everyday impact on individuals' lives. It echoes a larger narrative unfolding on a global scale, where smartphones are emerging as powerful tools to transform the lives of persons with disabilities.

  • A Journey with Technology

    Harrison Kamau
    March 8, 2024
    Kenya

    What makes Felista's adjustment remarkable is the user-friendly design of her device, especially its short applications that simplify tasks, such as efficient navigation. The training she received on utilizing voice commands with Google has proven to be a positive change, enabling her to effortlessly send voice messages.

  • 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.

  • Spotlight on Sierra Leone – Meet Sulaiman

    Koalaa
    Feb. 27, 2024
    Sierra Leone

    Sulaiman is 28 years old 'top-up' seller for mobile phone sim cards, he lives with his wife and children in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Receiving a Koalaa ALX sleeve has been his first experience with prosthetics and one of the ways he loves to use it is to hold his baby daughter.

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