Publications

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    The Kenyan assistive technology ecosystem: a network analysis

    Emma M. Smith, Catherine Holloway
    Jan. 17, 2024
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    The objective of this research was to provide an overview of the Kenyan Assistive Technology Ecosystem, including available assistive products and related services, and an understanding of the nature and strength of relationships between stakeholders. The research concluded that Improving access to assistive technology in Kenya will benefit from greater collaboration amongst all assistive technology stakeholders.

  • Enabling Access Locally: A Systems Approach to Wheelchair Provisioning in Low-Resource Contexts (Nepal)

    RAM CHANDRA THAPA
    Dec. 19, 2023
    Nepal
    Academic Research Publications

    Considering that 2.2% of Nepal's population faces disabilities, improving access to assistive technology is both a moral obligation and a priority for sustainable development. At the governmental level, efforts are underway to integrate essential assistive devices into the healthcare system aligning with WHO guidelines. However, there remain significant challenges in implementing these policies, despite constitutional guarantees of free and equitable access to assistive technology. This thesis proposes a collaborative approach to establish sustainable wheelchair provision in Nepal.

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    The IDEAL PROCESS for developing Assistive Technology policy

    Malcolm MacLachlan, Emma M. Smith, Ikenna D. Ebuenyi, Monica Z. Jamali, Alister Munthali
    Sept. 19, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    Policy development and implementation are key to improving access to Assistive Technology (AT). In this paper, we describe a strength-based framework for doing this at national level. We used an action research approach, with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) as the primary frame of reference. Primary data were collected using the World Health Organisation’s rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA). We describe the process of applying our emergent framework and how our findings support it.

  • Brilliance and Resilience: A New Perspective to the Challenges, Practices and Needs of University Students with Visual Impairments in India

    Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Vikas Upadhyay, PV Madhusudhan Rao, Nicolai Marquardt
    Aug. 1, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    People with visual impairments in India have low literacy rates and  only a few pursue higher education at the country's top universities. We present an insight into the educational experiences of these few university students with visual impairment based on the Frame of Interdependence. We found that educational challenges arise when interdependence fails due to restricted or misfitted assistance from social relations and ableist social interactions. Analysis of practices to overcome these challenges from the lens of Resilience Theory revealed that students develop a sense of self-confidence through successful academic experiences, internalise external stressors into intrinsic motivation, and find ways to navigate inaccessibility with the available social resources. In addition, students express the need to increase the integration of assistive technologies in education and facilitate social integration. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings for equitable and inclusiv

  • Repair strategies for assistive technology in low resource settings

    Catherine Holloway, Julian Walker, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik, Laurence Kenney, Robert Tamale Ssekitoleko, Steven McCormack, Bernadette Deere, Helen Ackers
    July 25, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    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.

  • Pixelated Interactions: Exploring Pixel Art for Graphical Primitives on a Pin Array Tactile Display

    Catherine Holloway, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Mark Miodownik, Vikas Upadhyay, Anchal Sharma, PV Madhusudhan Rao, Nicolai Marquardt
    July 10, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    Two-dimensional pin array displays enable access to tactile graphics that are important for the education of students with visual impairments. Due to their prohibitive cost and limited access, there is limited research within HCI and the rules to design graphics on these low-resolution tactile displays are unclear. In this paper, eight tactile readers with visual impairments qualitatively evaluate the implementation of Pixel Art to create tactile graphical primitives on a pin array display. Every pin of the pin array is assumed to be a pixel on a pixel grid. Our findings suggest that Pixel Art tactile graphics on a pin array are clear and comprehensible to tactile readers, positively confirming its use to design basic tactile shapes and line segments. The guidelines provide a consistent framework to create tactile media which implies that they can be used to downsize basic shapes for refreshable pin-array displays.

  • Disconnected from Reality: Do the core concepts of the metaverse exclude disabled individuals?

    Mark Quinlan
    June 27, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    A workshop paper presented at ACM CHI 2023, Hamburg, Germany

  • Seeking information about assistive technology: Exploring current practices, challenges, and the need for smarter systems

    William Bhot, Catherine Holloway, Jamie Danemayer, Dr Youngjun Cho, Aneesha Singh, John Shawe-Taylor, Nadia Berthouze, Ollie Dixon, Marko Grobelnik
    May 18, 2023
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper presents value-based design implications to improve functionality of future AT-information seeking platforms, through incorporating smarter systems to support decision-making and need-matching whilst ensuring ethical standards for disability fairness remain.

  • Assistive technology access in longitudinal datasets: a global review

    Catherine Holloway, Jamie Danemayer, Sophie Mitra, Shereen Hussein
    March 29, 2023
    Academic Research Publications

    Functional limitations become more prevalent as populations age, emphasising an increasingly urgent need for assistive technology (AT). Critical to meeting this need trajectory is understanding AT access in older ages. Yet few publications examine this from a longitudinal perspective. This review aims to identify and collate what data exist globally, seeking all population-based cohorts and repeated cross-sectional surveys through the Maelstrom Research Catalogue (searched May 10, 2022) and the Disability Data Report (published 2022), respectively. Datasets incorporating functional limitations modules and question(s) dedicated to AT, with a wave of data collection since 2009, were included.

  • Towards Proactive Information Retrieval in Noisy Text with Wikipedia Concepts

    Tabish Ahmed, Sahan Bulathwela
    March 29, 2023
    Academic Research Publications

    This Centre for Artificial Intelligence paper from University College London looks at extracting useful information from the user history to clearly understand informational needs is a crucial feature of a proactive information retrieval system. Regarding understanding information and relevance, Wikipedia can provide the background knowledge that an intelligent system needs. This work explores how exploiting the context of a query using Wikipedia concepts can improve proactive information retrieval on noisy text. Formulating two models that use entity linking to associate Wikipedia topic with the relevance model. Experiments around a podcast segment retrieval task demonstrate that there is a clear signal of relevance in Wikipedia concepts while a ranking model can improve precision by incorporating them. The research finds that Wikifying the background context of a query can help disambiguate the meaning of the query, further helping proactive information retrieval.

  • Responding to the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic with innovative data use: The role of data challenges

    Jamie Danemayer, Andrew Young, Siobhan Green, Lydia Ezenwa, Michael Klein
    March 27, 2023
    Academic Research Publications

    This study synthesizes learnings from three distinct datasets: innovator applications to the COVIDaction data challenges, surveys from organizers from similarly-aimed data challenges, and a focus group discussion with professionals who work with COVID-19 data. Thematic and topic analyses were used to analyze these datasets with the aim to identify gaps and barriers to effective data use in responding to the pandemic.

  • Experiences of lower limb prosthesis users in Kenya: a qualitative study to understand motivation to use and satisfaction with prosthetic outcomes

    Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Grace Magomere, Kate Mattick, Maggie Kate Donovan-Hall, Joseph Gakunga
    Feb. 27, 2023
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper explores the personal and system factors that motivate and enhance outcomes for patients accessing a prosthetic service and using a lower-limb prosthesis within a low resource setting. This study employed a qualitative approach to explore the motivations and satisfaction of individuals with lower limb loss engaging with a prosthetic service in Mombasa, Kenya. In-depth interviews were conducted over Microsoft Teams with 10 lower limb prosthesis users and thematic analysis was applied. Five key themes emerged: acceptance, self-determination, hope, clinician relationship and perception. These findings demonstrate the importance of hopeful thinking and a supportive community in overcoming physical and stigmatising challenges. The findings further highlight the value of the service provider relationship beyond just prescribing an assistive device.

  • Prevalence of Cognitive Impairment and Its Association With Hearing Loss Among Adults Over 50 Years of Age: Results From a Population-Based Survey in Santiago, Chile

    Dorothy Boggs, Sarah Polack, Tess Bright, Natalia Tamblay, Barbara Huidobro, Daniel Tapia-Mora, Katherine Anabalon, Carolina Delgado, Mariela C. Torrente
    Jan. 24, 2023
    Chile
    Academic Research Publications

    The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of cognitive impairment and explore its association with hearing loss and other sociodemographic and clinical risk factors, using an objective measurement of hearing levels, in adults over 50 years of age.

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    Assistive Technology (AT), for What?

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Health Organization, University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC)
    Nov. 22, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Following the publication of the World’s first Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) this paper explores how we are at the end of the beginning of the needed work. If AT is the mechanism, then some version of justice—however understood—is the goal to which it contributes. Hence, knowing what we mean by justice in this context feels like a vital next step to avoid perverse incentives and wasted effort. Now is the time to define “AT for what?” and ensure that every single actor knows how to contribute toward that goal.

  • Towards Proactive Information Retrieval in Noisy Text with Wikipedia Concepts

    UCL, Tabish Ahmed, Sahan Bulathwela
    Sept. 18, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    This work explores how exploiting the context of a query using Wikipedia concepts can improve proactive information retrieval on noisy text. We formulate two models that use entity linking to associate Wikipedia topics with the relevance model. Our experiments around a podcast segment retrieval task demonstrate that there is a clear signal of relevance in Wikipedia concepts while a ranking model can improve precision by incorporating them.

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

    Dr. Jessica Noske Turner (LU London), Prof. Mufunanji Magalsi (UofMalawi), Jo Tacchi
    Aug. 29, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Tokyo 2020 was boardcast to 49 territories across Sub-Saharan Africa. This commentry explores a historic moment in the development and expansion of Paralympic broadcasting and is at the same time an example of how Paralympic media is being harnessed as a pedagogical force and instigator for disability development agendas in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Assistive technology needs, access and coverage, and related barriers and facilitators in the WHO European region: a scoping review

    Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Michael Allen, Satish Mishra, Chapal Khasnabis, Sarah Abdi, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque, Alice Spann
    July 29, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Globally, assistive technology (AT) is used by over 1 billion people, but the prevalence of needs and access to AT in specific countries or regions is largely unknown. This scoping review summarises the evidence available on the prevalence of needs, access and coverage of AT in the World Health Organisation European Region and the barriers and facilitators to its use.

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    Para Sport Against Stigma: Research Report on the Tokyo 2020 Broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Loughborough University, The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), University of Malawi
    July 26, 2022
    Malawi
    Academic Research Publications

    The AT 2030 Para Sport Against Stigma project aimed to examine how disability stigma can be overcome through Para sport so to increase assistive technology (AT) adoption in Africa. The project centred on a four-pillar approach: education, athlete development, Paralympic broadcast and cross-cutting research activity. This research report documents the research insights.

  • Co-creating Inclusive Public Spaces: Learnings from Four Global Case Studies on inclusive Cities

    Iain McKinnon, Mikaela Patrick
    June 26, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Inclusive public spaces are fundamental to participation and inclusive in society. Including persons with disabilities in the design and planning of the built environment supports equal rights and helps identify people’s aspirations for inclusive environments. Four city case studies will be discussed in this paper: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Varanasi, India; Surakarta, Indonesia; and Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Assistive Technology in Two Humanitarian Contexts, Bangladesh and Jordan

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Humanity & Inclusion, CBM Global Disability Inclusion, Centre for Disability in Development
    June 6, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Despite increased focus on the need for assistive technology (AT), very little is actually known about how people who need AT are managing in humanitarian contexts. This research found that the provision of AT (in this case mainly assistive devices) is ad hoc, and largely related to the access, availability and focus of NGO-funded projects in camps or communities. Devices alone cannot ensure wider inclusion – for that, there still needs to be attitudinal change, environmental adaptations, better provision of resources (including rehabilitation) and much wider awareness about the policies and legislation that support the rights of persons with disabilities, including those who have crossed an international border to seek safety and security.

  • Exploring the Use of Washington Group Questions to Identify People with Clinical Impairments Who Need Services including Assistive Products: Results from Five Population-Based Surveys

    Dorothy Boggs, Hannah Kuper, Oluwarantimi Atijosan-Ayodele, Abba Hydara, Ian McCormick, Tess Bright, Islay Mactaggart, GVS Murphy, Natalia Tamblay, Matias L. Alvarez, Sarah Polack
    April 3, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    This study analyses the use of the self-reported Washington Group (WG) question sets as a first stage screening to identify people with clinical impairments, service and assistive product (AP) referral needs. Concluding that WG questions could be used as a first-stage screening option to identify people with impairment and referral needs, but only with moderate sensitivity and specificity.

  • The informal economy as a provider of assistive technology: lessons from Indonesia and Sierra Leone

    Emma Tebbutt, Julian Walker
    Feb. 4, 2022
    Sierra Leone, Indonesia
    Academic Research Publications

    Assistive technology (AT) (e.g. wheelchairs, hearing aids, or products for people with visual impairments) are crucial for the wellbeing of users, but there is huge and growing unmet need for AT globally. In low-income settings many users access AT from the informal (unregulated) economy, which tends to provide AT in under-served communities, and at lower cost, helping to address this gap. However, AT from informal providers often fails to meet minimum product standards and/or lacks associated services such as assessment, fitting, user training, maintenance and repairs. On the other hand, many users of AT from informal sources value, in addition to low cost, some other features, such as their ability to customize assistive products and innovate in product development. This study therefore proposes exploring ways in which formal and informal providers of AT could work together to improve access at the same time as ensuring the safety and quality of AT for low-income users.

  • Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology

    Catherine Holloway, Wei Zhang, Johan Borg, Emma M. Smith
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    An introduction to the companion papers to the Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT).

  • Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries

    Sarah Albala, Rainer Kattel, Frederic Seghers, Novia Afdhila, Margaret Savage, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Market shaping is aimed at improving a market’s specific outcomes, such as access to high quality, affordable AT, by targeting the root causes of these shortcomings. The paper summarizes the findings of market analyses conducted under the UK aid funded AT2030 programme in support of ATscale and aims to discuss how market shaping can help more people gain access to the AT that they need and what are the best mechanisms to unlock markets and commercial opportunity in LMICs.

  • Meeting AT needs in humanitarian crises: The current state of provision

    Dr Maria Kett, Golnaz Whittaker, Gavin Adam Wood, Giulia Oggero, Kirstin Lange
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper discusses the evidence available in the literature for the scale and quality of AT provision interventions in crises, and what is known about the challenges and facilitators of provision. We conducted a search of the academic literature and retained literature that reported on any form of AT provision following crisis, where international humanitarian response was in place, published in English between January 2010 and June 2020. We conclude by providing recommendations for urgent actions that the AT and humanitarian community must take to fill this critical gap in the provision of essential products and services for a potentially marginalized and excluded group.

  • Measuring assistive technology supply and demand: A scoping review

    Catherine Holloway, Jamie Danemayer, Dorothy Boggs, Emma M. Smith, Vinicius Delgado Ramos, Linamara Rizzo Battistella
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    The supply of and market demand for assistive products (APs) are complex and influenced by diverse stakeholders. The methods used to collect AP population-level market data are similarly varied. In this paper, we review current population-level AP supply and demand estimation methods for five priority APs and provide recommendations for improving national and global AP market evaluation.

  • Could AI Democratise Education? Socio-Technical Imaginaries of an EdTech Revolution

    Catherine Holloway, Sahan Bulathwela, María Pérez-Ortiz, John Shawe-Taylor
    Dec. 3, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education has been said to have the potential for building more personalised curricula, as well as democratising education worldwide and creating a Renaissance of new ways of teaching and learning. Millions of students are already starting to benefit from the use of these technologies, but millions more around the world are not. This paper starts by synthesising how AI might change how we learn and teach, focusing specifically on the case of personalised learning companions, and then move to discuss some socio-technical features that will be crucial for avoiding the perils of these AI systems worldwide (and perhaps ensuring their success).

  • Disability Interactions Creating Inclusive Innovations

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi
    Dec. 1, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Disability interactions (DIX) is a new approach to combining cross-disciplinary methods and theories from Human Computer Interaction (HCI), disability studies, assistive technology, and social development to co-create new technologies, experiences, and ways of working with disabled people.

  • Critical Junctures in Assistive Technology and Disability Inclusion

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Dr Maria Kett
    Nov. 5, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    A commentary written by Maria Kett, Catherine Holloway and Vicki Austin in a Special Issue of Sustainability that focuses on how some events and situations can act as ‘critical junctures’ that can enable a rethink of the status quo to facilitate and promote change and turning points in disability inclusion.

  • What difference does tech make? Conceptualizations of Disability and Assistive Technology among Kenyan Youth: Conceptualizations of Disability and AT

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Norah Kopi
    Oct. 31, 2021
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    This research article examines how young Kenyans without disabilities view people with disabilities and AT users.

  • The Gambia National Eye Health Survey 2019: survey protocol

    Abba Hydara, Dorothy Boggs, John A. Okah, Segun I. Olaniyan, Ian McCormick, Tess Bright, Suzannah Bell, Andrew Bastawrous, Hannaa Bobat, Julian Eaton, Hannah Faal, Modou Jobe, Min J. Kim, Ben Kirkpatrick, Andrew M. Prentice, Jacqueline Ramke, Islay Mactaggart, Matthew J. Burton, Ruth Taylor
    Oct. 14, 2021
    Gambia
    Academic Research Publications

    Survey protocol of a National Eye Health Survey of vision impairment, blindness and its comorbidities in adults in The Gambia in 2019.

  • A Preliminary Study to Understand How Mainstream Accessibility and Digital Assistive Technologies Reaches People in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries

    Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, George Torrens
    Sept. 30, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    In this study, eight experts were interviewed who are established in the domain of training people with disabilities, advising on policy and facilitating access and Digital AT, and shared their diverse experiences. The insights we assimilate from these conversations should help developers of accessibility and Digital AT solutions to more effectively deliver products and services to those in need.

  • Could Assistive Technology Provision Models Help Pave the Way for More Environmentally Sustainable Models of Product Design, Manufacture and Service in a Post-COVID World?

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Tamara Giltsoff, Mark Miodownik, Jessica Massie
    Sept. 26, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Authors of this paper examine whether Assistive Technology (AT) provision models could look towards more sustainable approaches, and by doing this benefit not only the environment, but also address the problems that the current provision systems have.

  • Estimating need and coverage for five priority assistive products: A systematic review of global population based research

    Jamie Danemayer, Dorothy Boggs, Vinicius Delgado Ramos, Emma M. Smith, Ariana Kular, William Bhot, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Sarah Polack, Catherine Holloway
    Sept. 20, 2021
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    This systematic review collates data extracted from 207 studies, presenting indicators of population-level access to AT globally.

  • A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Malcolm MacLachlan, Rainer Kattel, Giulia Barbareschi, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Joanne McVeigh, Priya Morjaria, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, George Torrens, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez, Jessica Massie, Ikenna D. Ebuenyi, Fiona Meeks, Kyle Keane, Cheryl D Metcalf, Srinivasan Sujatha, P. V. M. Rao
    Aug. 16, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    The main aim of this paper is to identify functional innovation strategies and processes which are being or can be deployed in the AT space to increase access to AT globally.

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    “This Is the Story of Community Leadership with Political Backing. (PM1)” Critical Junctures in Paralympic Legacy: Framing the London 2012 Disability Inclusion Model for New Global Challenges

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Kate Mattick
    Aug. 13, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper presents new primary evidence from first-hand research from those who were involved; retrospectively framing the London 2012 Disability Inclusion Model such that it might be usable and developed for other global disability challenges. The model is presented here, alongside a narrative on its uniqueness and replicability to other major programs, as a public good. We welcome its active use, testing and adaption by others in service of disability innovation for a fairer world.

  • “When They See a Wheelchair, They’ve Not Even Seen Me”—Factors Shaping the Experience of Disability Stigma and Discrimination in Kenya

    Giulia Barbareschi, Mark T. Carew, Elizabeth Aderonke Johnson, Norah Kopi, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 3, 2021
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper addresses the gap in research on the factors that shape the experience of disability stigma including social interactions and AT use in Kenya. Via a series of focus groups with Kenyans without disabilities (Study 1) and secondary data analysis of consultations with Kenyans with disabilities and their allies (Study 2), we identify shared and divergent understandings of what shapes disability stigma and discrimination and highlight assistive technology as an influential factor that served to identify or “mark” someone as having a disability.

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    Additive Manufacturing Techniques for Smart Prosthetics Liners

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    July 21, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Elastomeric liners are commonly worn between the prosthetic socket and the limb. A number of improvements to the state of the art of liner technology are required to address outstanding problems. A liner that conforms to the residuum more accurately, may improve the skin health at the stump-socket interface. Previous work has shown that for effective thermal management of the socket environment, an active heat removal system is required, yet this is not available.

  • Estimating Need for Glasses and Hearing Aids in The Gambia: Results from a National Survey and Comparison of Clinical Impairment and Self-Report Assessment Approaches

    Dorothy Boggs, Abba Hydara, Yaka Faal, John A. Okah, Segun I. Olaniyan, Haruna Sanneh, Abdoulie Ngett, Isatou Bah, Mildred Aleser, Erima Denis, Ian McCormick, Tess Bright, Suzannah Bell, Minjung Kim, Allen Foster, Hannah Kuper, Matthew J. Burton, Islay Mactaggart, Sarah Polack
    July 13, 2021
    Gambia
    Academic Research Publications

    This study estimates population-level need for glasses and hearing aids in The Gambia based on (1) clinical impairment assessment, and (2) self-reported assistive device awareness, and explores the relationship between the two methods.

  • Drawing Erasable Tactile Diagrams on Tacilia

    Catherine Holloway, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Mark Miodownik, Vikas Upadhyay, Anchal Sharma, PV Madhusudhan Rao, Nicolai Marquardt
    July 6, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    A paper presented at 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC) Advances in design using shape changing materials creates a unique opportunity for new haptic interactions. In this demonstration, we will present how a single sheet of Nitinol which is transformed into a reconfigurable tactile pixel array at Braille resolution can be used to read, draw and erase tactile diagrams.

  • Transforming a Monolithic Sheet of Nitinol into a Passive Reconfigurable Tactile Pixel Array Display at Braille Resolution

    Catherine Holloway, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Mark Miodownik, Nicolai Marquardt
    July 6, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    Published in: 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC) Shape changing materials create a unique opportunity to design reconfigurable tactile display actuators. In this paper, we present a method that transforms a single thin monolithic sheet of Nitinol into a passive reconfigurable tactile pixel array at Braille resolution.

  • “Give Us the Chance to Be Part of You, We Want Our Voices to Be Heard”: Assistive Technology as a Mediator of Participation in (Formal and Informal) Citizenship Activities for Persons with Disabilities Who Are Slum Dwellers in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Julian Walker, Ignacia Ossul Vermehren, Abs Dumbuya
    May 22, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    The paper presents evidence from 16 participant and 5 stakeholder interviews; 5 focus groups and 4 events; combining this with the findings of a house-to-house AT survey; and two national studies. Our data suggests that a lack of access to Assistive Technology was a significant factor in limiting the participation of slum dwellers who are people with disabilities in formal and informal aspects of citizenships.

  • Shifting the focus to functioning: essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 inclusive Universal Health Coverage and supporting COVID-19 survivors

    Dorothy Boggs, Sarah Polack, Hannah Kuper, Allen Foster
    April 27, 2021
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper defines functioning, presents measurement options and highlights the importance of functioning when considering the need for, and outcome of, rehabilitation and assistive technology following a health condition illustrated by the example of COVID-19.

  • Musculoskeletal impairment among Syrian refugees living in Sultanbeyli, Turkey: prevalence, cause, diagnosis and need for related services and assistive products

    Dorothy Boggs, Oluwarantimi Atijosan-Ayodele, Hisem Yonso, Nathaniel Scherer, Timothy O’Fallon, Gülten Deniz, Selin Volkan, Ahmed Örücü, Isotta Pivato, Ammar Hasan Beck, İbrahim Akıncı, Hannah Kuper, Allen Foster, Andrea Patterson, Sarah Polack
    April 20, 2021
    Turkey
    Academic Research Publications

    Epidemiological data on musculoskeletal impairment (MSI) and related service and assistive product (AP) needs for displaced populations are lacking. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence, aetiology, and specific MSI diagnosis and the need for related services and APs among Syrian refugees living in Sultanbeyli, a district in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • The Digital and Assistive Technologies for Ageing initiative: learning from the GATE initiative

    Catherine Holloway, Malcolm MacLachlan, Chapal Khasnabis
    Dec. 2, 2020
    Academic Research Publications

    A commentary piece on The Digital and Assistive Technologies for Ageing initiative: learning from the GATE initiative.

  • Assistive Technology Use and Provision During COVID19: Results From a Rapid Global Survey

    Emma M. Smith, Maria Luisa Toro Hernandez, Ikenna D. Ebuenyi, Elena V. Syurina, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Krista L. Best, Jamie Danemayer, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Nuha Ibrahim, Catherine Holloway, Malcolm MacLachlan
    Nov. 11, 2020
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted all segments of society, but it has posed particular challenges for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, those with chronic illness and older people regarding their participation in daily life. These groups often benefit from assistive technology (AT) and so it is important to understand how use of AT may be affected by or may help to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

  • Estimating assistive product need in Cameroon and India: results of population-based surveys and comparison of self-report and clinical impairment assessment approaches.

    Dorothy Boggs, Hannah Kuper, Islay Mactaggart, GV Murthy, Joseph Oye, Sarah Polack
    Nov. 8, 2020
    Cameroon, India
    Academic Research Publications

    A paper estimating population need and coverage for assistive devices in India and Cameroon.

  • Inclusion and Independence: The impact of Mobile Technology on the Lives of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Giulia Barbareschi, Clara Aranda, Nusrat Jahan, Naemur Rahman, Charles Musungu Mutuku
    Nov. 1, 2020
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper presents the findings of a participatory photovoice study looking at the role that mobile phones play in the daily lives of 16 persons with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh.

  • Value beyond function: analyzing the perception of wheelchair innovations in Kenya

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Giulia Barbareschi, Sibylle Daymond, Jake Honeywill, Dominic Noble, Nancy Mbugua, Ian Harris, Aneesha Singh
    Oct. 31, 2020
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    Innovations in the field of assistive technology are usually evaluated based on practical considerations related to their ability to perform certain functions. The study involved eight expert wheelchair users and five healthcare professionals who routinely provide wheelchair services in their community.

  • Disability design and innovation in computing research in low resource settings

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Joyce Olenja, Sibylle Daymond, Jake Honeywill, Nancy Mbugua, Ian Harris, Grace Nyachomba Magomere, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez, Maggie Kate Donovan-Hall, Laurence Kenney, Mohammed Sobuh
    Oct. 29, 2020
    Academic Research Publications

    Authors present reflections from the field across four studies. Contributions are: (1) an overview of past work in computing with a focus on disability in low resource settings and (2) learnings and recommendations from four collaborative projects in Uganda, Jordan and Kenya over the last two years, that are relevant for future HCI studies in low resource settings with communities with disabilities.

  • Bridging the Divide: Exploring the use of digital and physical technology to aid mobility impaired people living in an informal settlement

    Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Long Xin, Grace Nyachomba Magomere, Wycliffe Ambeyi Wetende, Carol Wanjira, Joyce Olenja, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Oct. 5, 2020
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    Living in informality is challenging. It is even harder when you have a mobility impairment. Traditional assistive products such as wheelchairs are essential to enable people to travel. Wheelchairs are considered a Human Right.

  • Developing inclusive and resilient systems: COVID-19 and assistive technology

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Malcolm MacLachlan, Emma M. Smith, Ikenna D. Ebuenyi
    Sept. 22, 2020
    Academic Research Publications

    While the inadequacies of our existing assistive technology systems, policies, and services have been highlighted by the acute and rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, these failures are also present and important during non-crisis times. Each of these actions, taken together, will not only address needs for more robust and resilient systems for future crises, but also the day-to-day needs of all assistive technology users. We have a responsibility as a global community, and within our respective countries, to address these inadequacies now to ensure an inclusive future.

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    Uncovering unexpected impacts: the case of digital manufacturing of wheelchairs in Kenya

    Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Sibylle Daymond, Jake Honeywill, Dominic Noble, Nancy Mbugua, Ian Harris, Catherine Holloway, University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC), Global Disability Innovation Hub, Motivation, Motivation Africa
    Sept. 1, 2020
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    To address issues around the provision of appropriate wheelchairs in low-and-middle income countries Motivation developed a new method for producing customized wheelchairs leveraging technologies such as Computer Aided Design and 3D printing. This article was part of the RESNA 2020 Virtual Conference, GAATO/RESNA Assistive Technology Outcomes/Impact Summit.

  • COVID-19 as social disability: the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment

    Catherine Holloway, Malcolm MacLachlan, Emma M. Smith, Ikenna D. Ebuenyi, Rune Jenson, Lucía D'Arino
    July 23, 2020
    Academic Research Publications

    A commentary from authors on COVID-19 as social disability

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    Selfsustainable Assistive & Accessible Technology for Low Resource Settings

    Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik, Nicolai Marquardt
    July 1, 2020
    Global
    Academic Research Publications

    CHI 2020 Extended Abstracts, April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA. Selfsustainable Assistive & Accessible Technology for Low Resource Settings

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    The Social Network: How People with Visual Impairment use Mobile Phones in Kibera, Kenya

    Catherine Holloway, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Katherine Arnold, Grace Magomere, Wycliffe Ambeyi Wetende, Gabriel Ngare, Joyce Olenja
    May 4, 2020
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper on how social interactions mediate the use of mobile phones by visually impaired people in Kibera, Kenya was accepted to the CHI2020 Conference, a global event on Human-Computer Interaction.

  • National priority assistive product list development in low resource countries: lessons learned from Tajikistan

    Michael Allen, Satish Mishra, Chapal Khasnabis, Manfred Huber, Andrea Pupulin, Björn Ekman
    April 2, 2020
    Tajikistan
    Academic Research Publications

    In most low-income countries, the assistive technology sector is underdeveloped and only a small percentage of people in need have access to assistive products [Citation1]. Over the last 30 years, and currently, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and development agencies have played a crucial role in supporting rehabilitation centres and in providing assistive technology [Citation2]. However, reliance on external donors is not a sustainable long-term strategy and governments are starting to take increased control and responsibility for the development of the sector. As government involvement rises, policies and programmes need to keep up with the changes. Effective policies and programmes that aim to make the most efficient use of limited funding and resources need to be developed. A phased approach with realistic objectives and timelines is in most contexts the most favourable strategy for low-income countries to move towards the goal of universal health coverage.

  • Sustainable and equitable provision of wheelchairs in low- and middle-income countries: an economic assessment of the models for wheelchair provision in Tajikistan

    Michael Allen, Satish Mishra, Chapal Khasnabis, Manfred Huber, Andrea Pupulin, Björn Ekman
    March 31, 2020
    Tajikistan
    Academic Research Publications

    Reaching universal coverage of assistive technologies remains a challenge in many low- and middle-income countries. Tajikistan has recently adopted several policies and national strategies to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities and improve the provision of assistive products. However, Tajikistan faces a number of challenges, including ensuring sustainable funding for the provision of wheelchairs in the medium and long term.

  • Rationale for a Rapid Methodology to Assess the Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Population-Based Surveys.

    Sarah Polack, Hannah Kuper, Islay Mactaggart, Tess Bright, Min J. Kim, Jennifer Yip
    Nov. 30, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    Between 2013-2014, two all aged population-based surveys of hearing loss were conducted in one district each of India and Cameroon. Secondary data analysis was conducted to determine the proportion of hearing loss (moderate or greater) in people aged 30+, 40+ and 50+. Poisson regression models were developed to predict the expected prevalence of hearing loss in the whole population, based on the prevalence in people aged 30+, 40+, and 50+, which was compared to the observed prevalence.

  • Intersections Between Systems Thinking and Market Shaping for Assistive Technology: The SMART(Systems-Market for Assistive and Related Technologies) Thinking Matrix

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Malcolm MacLachlan, Joanne McVeigh, Michael Cooke, Delia Ferri, Dena Javadi
    Nov. 23, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    The article was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The authors argue that better access to assistive technology will only be realized through the adoption of a far stronger systems thinking and market-shaping approach. The research presents an emergent framework for conceptualizing intersections between systems thinking and market-shaping for assistive technology—the SMART (Systems-Market for Assistive and Related Technologies)Thinking Matrix.

  • Mobile technologies as assistive technologies in humanitarian and development contexts

    Clara Aranda, Michael Nique, Jenny Casswell
    Oct. 17, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    In this paper, we present the results of three studies researching the digital accessibility gap faced by persons with disabilities in resource-limited settings and humanitarian crises.

  • Overcoming systematic global barriers to assistive technology: A new methodology and quick-start testing through a 20m programme

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Lucie Pannell, Dr Dafne Morgado Ramirez, Richard Frost, Iain McKinnon, Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond, Dr Maria Kett, Prof Nora Groce, Dr Mark Carew, Dr Ola Abu Alghaib, Emma Tebbutt, Emily Kobayashi, Frederic Seghers, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Wei Zhang
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper summarises the evidence examined in that Scoping Report; presents the methodology it proposed for AT2030; and shares the early findings.

  • Assistive technology innovation ecosystem design: A Kenyan case study

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Sarah Albala, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Bernard Chiira, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Umesh Pandya, Richard Ayah, Joyce Olenja, Kim Chapman, Helen Dawes
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper sets out the initial thinking for an East Africa Innovation Ecosystem.

  • Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology: Summary of the wheelchair product narrative

    Catherine Holloway, Richard Frost, Frederic Seghers, Novia Afdhila, Alison End Fineberg, Margaret Savage, Sara Boiten, Michael Allen, Nikki Tyler, Rachit Kejariwal
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    This paper outlines what market shaping is, and how it can be applied to assistive technology at large – using the aforementioned wheelchair product narrative as an illustrative case study and presents the proposed market-shaping strategy for wheelchairs. ATscale will develop a framework to evaluate short-term interventions identified to achieve a healthy market and increase access. This paper provides an opportunity to obtain

  • Proceedings of the GReAT Consultation 2019 (Volume A, Day 1)

    GATE, Natasha Layton, Johan Borg
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    Full manuscripts that were presented at the GReAT Consultation 2019

  • ATscale: Establishing a cross sector partnership to increase access to assistive technology

    Vicki Austin, Alison End Fineberg, Margaret Savage, Sara Boiten, James Droop, Michael Allen, Phyllis Heydt, Dennis Sondergaard, Gopal Mitra
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    Applying lessons-learned from other areas of global health and development, ATscale was established with the recognition that to influence the complex systems for AT access, a broad set of stakeholders is needed to invest in and coordinate a multi-faceted, systematic approach spanning market shaping, capacity development, and political prioritisation.

  • Proceedings of the GReAT Consultation 2019 (Volume B, Day 2)

    Natasha Layton, Johan Borg
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    Full manuscripts that were presented at the GReAT Consultation 2019.

  • Mobile phones as assistive technologies: Gaps and opportunities

    Catherine Holloway, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Clara Aranda, Michael Nique
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Academic Research Publications

    This article presents data from a survey with 1000 participants that explored how people with disabilities use mobile phones and the impact that mobile technology has on their daily lives. Findings highlight the presence of a mobile gap with many people with a disability struggling to acquire and operate mobile phones independently. Most respondents had only access to basic or feature phones that lacked appropriate accessibility features and offered limited functionality. However, participants still described mobile phones as invaluable tools that could increase access to basic services and offer support in many important activities in their daily lives.

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    AT DIGEST Issue 2

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, International Disability Alliance
    Feb. 1, 2024
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    AT Digest is a quarterly publication curated by the International Disability Alliance with the objective of increasing awareness about the possibilities offered by assistive technology as experienced by its users. Additionally, it aims to disseminate information to a broad spectrum of assistive technology stakeholders, such as present and prospective users, manufacturers, and policymakers.

  • Unpacking ‘What Works’: A Commentary of the Key Learnings for ICT from the AT2030 Program

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Natasha Layton, Diane Bell
    Nov. 27, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The AT2030 programme was launched in 2018 to test ‘what works’ in getting assistive technology (AT) to people globally, specifically in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), where there is often a systematic lack of provision. After four years, this paper reviews the project outcomes, focussing on published material. It provides the backdrop to the AT2030 program, contextualises current developments in global AT global and funding, and unpacks the key learnings of what works to get AT to the people that need it around the world, with a focus on ICT.

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    Disability Innovation Summit - Recordings

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Nov. 1, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    Bringing together global experts and new voices to share big ideas and ask the question: What next for disability innovation? Catch up the summit recordings

  • CRPD jurisprudence on Assistive Technologies through Concluding Observations: An analysis from Global South perspectives

    International Disability Alliance
    Oct. 25, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the importance of assistive technology to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and fully participate in society. The CRPD has defined the obligations of States Parties to promote the use, research, development, production, and distribution of assistive technology, making it affordable and widely available for persons with disabilities.

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    Special Report on Malawi National Paralympic on 27th July at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe

    Loughborough University, University of Malawi, Athletics Association of Malawi
    Sept. 30, 2023
    Malawi
    AT2030 Resources

    The Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) hosted the first ever Malawi National Paralympic on 27th July, under the theme “Developing Elite Para Sport at national Level”. The First Malawi Para Games took place at the magnificent Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe, the Capital City.

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    AT DIGEST: Issue 1

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, International Disability Alliance
    Sept. 1, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    AT Digest is a quarterly publication curated by the International Disability Alliance with the objective of increasing awareness about the possibilities offered by assistive technology as experienced by its users. Additionally, it aims to disseminate information to a broad spectrum of assistive technology stakeholders, such as present and prospective users, manufacturers, and policymakers.

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    What works to improve access to AT

    Diane Bell, Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Natasha Layton
    July 13, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The ‘What Works’ Report provides a comprehensive interim snapshot of the AT2030 programme to inform the sector and guide future work. Bringing together the evidence produced by AT2030 over the last 4 years (October 2018 – July 2022) along with the reflections of multiple stakeholders and the AT2030 Advisory Board.

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    A scoping review of quality guidelines for Assistive Technology provision

    Natasha Layton, Luc De Witte, Alice Spann, Evert Jan Hoogerwerf, Silvana Contepomi, Mehedi Khan Kobe
    July 5, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    A scoping review of the literature to inform the development of globally useable provision guidance for Assistive Technology. The search strategies yielded 41 publications from diverse countries, and directed at differing assistive products, personnel and provision contexts.

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    Digital Assistive Technology Challenges and Opportunities: The Potential of Mobile Devices (COSP16 side event recording)

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 14, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The objective of the side-event was to reach key stakeholders like policymakers, duty-bearers, rights-holders, and civil society organizations; catalyze actions which improve access to digital assistive technology; and ensure disability policies and strategies adhere to the best practices which states and international organizations have identified.

  • Front cover of the What Works highlight report. A man is photographed drinking from a water bottle using an upper limb prosthesis. The report text is 'What Works' 2018 - 2022 highlights. AT2030: testing ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. AT2030, UK aid and GDI Hub logos are displayed. Cover Image

    'What Works' highlight report

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 13, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    A key highlights document of 'What Works' to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. This report succinctly summarises the past five-years of the AT2030 programme, a £40 million programme funded by UK aid.

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    What Works' to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all (COSP 16 side event recording )

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 13, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    This side event brought together key stakeholders and experts working across the AT arena, with the aim of enabling researchers, innovators and AT users to experiment with new ideas.

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    Wheelchair provision guidelines

    World Health Organization
    June 5, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    These Wheelchair provision guidelines aim to support improved access to appropriate wheelchairs, for all those in need, including children, older persons, people with mobility disabilities, and those with chronic health conditions.

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    Government of Sierra Leone National Assistive Technology Procurement Guidelines of Sierra Leone

    Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone
    April 19, 2023
    Sierra Leone
    AT2030 Resources

    Procurement guidelines which seek to standardize the procurement process of AT products for Sierra Leone.

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    National Assistive Technology Standards of Sierra Leone

    Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone
    April 19, 2023
    Sierra Leone
    AT2030 Resources

    This document was developed to guide the procurement of assistive products in Sierra Leone. It is intended primarily for procurement teams, implementing partners and donors working on providing AT devices for all forms of disabilities.

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    Personnel training in priority assistive products (TAP)

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Health Organization
    March 29, 2023
    AT2030 Resources

    Trained personnel are essential for the proper assessment, fitting, user training, and follow-up of assistive products. Without these four key steps, assistive products are often of no benefit or abandoned, and may cause physical harm. Many countries however face significant challenges in deploying a workforce to implement these four steps. In order to improve access to assistive products at community- level, WHO with support from AT2030 has created the Training in Priority Assistive Products (TAP), a series of e-learning modules that will build the skills and capacity of primary healthcare workforce to safely and effectively provide basic assistive products.

  • Image of a young boy in a clinic with a women and a healthcare professional. The child is wearing a brace. The room is a medical space. Cover Image

    MiracleFeet Brace Healthcare Provider Guide

    Miracle Feet
    Aug. 9, 2022
    AT2030 Resources

    This publication - designed for healthcare providers - explores the role of bracing in Clubfoot treatment.  The resource includes the MiracleFeet brace story, key features of the MiracleFeet brace (including components and sizing), how to use the MiracleFeet brace, Ponseti Method Bracing Guidelines and how to instruct parents on proper use.

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    Kenyan Assistive Technology Ecosystem Strengthening

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, UK Aid, Brink
    July 25, 2022
    AT2030 Resources

    AT2030 is gathering information about stakeholders working in areas relevant to innovation, disability, and assistive technology in Kenya. The mapping is being led by GDI Hub with the University of Nairobi, and Maynooth University and on behalf of the Government of Kenya. This resource will contribute to improving assistive technology policies and systems in Kenya.

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    Inclusive Entrepreneur Toolkit

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    July 25, 2022
    AT2030 Resources

    The open entrepreneurship toolkit is a set of learning materials that can help entrepreneurs to solve problems by creating and experimenting with different strategies to build the entrepreneurial mindset you need to succeed.

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    AT2030 Midterm Impact Brochure

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 9, 2022
    AT2030 Resources

    The five-year AT2030 programme officially started in October 2019, and this Report takes stock of our impact to date and the diversity of successes delivered by the programme.

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    Mobile Disability Gap [webinar] access and impact of mobile technology

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    April 5, 2022
    AT2030 Resources

    Disability Innovation Live event, hosted by Global Disability Innovation Hub, exploring the Mobile Disability Gap - with specific emphasis on mobile as AT , mobile as data collection and mobile for information. We're all explore the impact and why this all matters - as well as the solutions to reduce the gap. In this session you can find out more about research learnings, role of mobiles in AT (as an enabler for digital AT), challenges in access & availability, barriers of mobile (specifically in global south e.g network, price point, reception), barriers to use of tech (and how this limits the possible impact on disabled people), e.g. accessibility of the mobile itself and the technology being created for mobile use.

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    Nigeria: Priority Assistive Products List

    Ministary of Abuja
    March 14, 2022
    Nigeria
    AT2030 Resources

    The outcome of extensive deliberations and consultations by various stakeholders in the assistive technology sector in Nigeria, this document is designed to set in motion the catalytic change required in the assistive technology sector to improve access to assistive devices and fulfill the vital needs of the 25 million persons with disabilities who live in Nigeria.

  • Front cover screenshot of report Assistive Technology Policy and Strategic Plan 2021 - 25. Government of Sierra Leone Cover Image

    Assistive Technology (AT) Policy and Strategic Plan 2021-25

    Clinton Health Access Initiative, Government of Sierra Leone
    Feb. 24, 2022
    Sierra Leone
    AT2030 Resources

    The Assistive Technology Policy and Strategic Plan was developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative under the AT2030 Programme Country Investment Fund.

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    Priority Assistive Technology Products List of Sierra Leone

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Feb. 24, 2022
    Sierra Leone
    AT2030 Resources

    The Priority Assistive Technology Products List of Sierra Leone Report was developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative under the AT2030 programme's Country Investment Fund.

  • Cover photograph of the report with text title: Assistive Technology in urban
low-income communities in Sierra Leone & Indonesia:
Rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) survey results, January 2022. 2 black and white photographs taken of people carrying out the assessments in informal settlements. Cover Image

    Assistive Technology in urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone & Indonesia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Dr Mark Carew, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Julian Walker, Dr Ignacia Ossul Vermehren
    Jan. 21, 2022
    Sierra Leone, Indonesia
    AT2030 Resources

    A new report presenting the findings from surveys in five urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone and Indonesia using the rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) tool.

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    Assistive Technology Capacity Assessment (ATA-C) Instruction Manual

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Clinton Health Access Initiative, World Health Organization
    Sept. 14, 2021
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The Assistive Technology Capacity Assessment (ATA-C) tool has been developed to help understand the AT sector at national and subnational level using the 5P framework. The aim is to assist local stakeholders in collecting information to build up a comprehensive understanding of a country’s capacity to regulate, finance, procure and provide AT to meet national needs appropriately. This in turn can inform decision-making, strengthen the AT sector and improve access to AT.

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    What is assistive technology? LSHTM Presentation at ICED conference

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Sept. 7, 2021
    AT2030 Resources

    What is assistive technology? LSHTM Presentation at ICED conference

  • Advancing data collection on Assistive Technology

    World Health Organization
    Aug. 5, 2021
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The Assistive Technology Assessment (ATA) toolkit from the WHO.

  • Rapid assistive technology assessment (rATA)

    World Health Organization
    June 14, 2021
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The rapid assistive technology assessment (rATA) is a population-based household survey that measures the need, demand, supply, user satisfaction, and barriers to accessing assistive technology.

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    I’mPOSSIBLE toolkits: Zambia

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
    May 16, 2021
    Zambia
    AT2030 Resources

    I’mPOSSIBLE is an education programme to spread the Paralympic values and the vision of the Paralympic Movement to young people throughout the world. Through education of inclusion and the Paralympic values, I’mPOSSIBLE aims to challenge and change the perceptions of how young people perceive people with an impairment. This toolkit has been adapted to fit the local context of Zambia as part of AT2030's Para Sport Against Stigma project.

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    I’mPOSSIBLE toolkits: Ghana

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
    May 10, 2021
    Ghana
    AT2030 Resources

    I’mPOSSIBLE is an education programme to spread the Paralympic values and the vision of the Paralympic Movement to young people throughout the world. Through education of inclusion and the Paralympic values, I’mPOSSIBLE aims to challenge and change the perceptions of how young people perceive people with an impairment. This toolkit has been adapted to fit the local context of Ghana as part of AT2030's Para Sport Against Stigma project.

  • Mobile-powered employment opportunities for all; i2i challenge call for Bangladesh

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 14, 2021
    Bangladesh
    AT2030 Resources

    People with disabilities are creative leaders within workforces however are often unable to access employment opportunities or progress within careers. Mobile technology can act as a bridge to employment opportunities by helping people learn skills, increasing awareness of job opportunities and helping to get and retain employment opportunities. The i2i programme, funded by UK Aid and led by Leonard Cheshire has teamed up with Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and SBK Foundation to launch the mobile innovation challenge for employment for all. Up to £20,000 is available to support winning applicants in the development of employment solutions focused around mobile in Bangladesh with access to global expertise from GDI Hub and local innovation networks and support through SBK Foundation. Applications close on 14th March 2021, with projects completed by November 2021.

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    Assistive product specifications and how to use them

    World Health Organization
    March 1, 2021
    AT2030 Resources

    This document was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to guide the procurement of assistive products. It is intended primarily for procurement teams working in less-resourced settings. It includes 26 assistive product specifications (APS).

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    New economics of assistive technology: A call for a missions approach

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Sarah Albala, Rainer Kattel
    Jan. 25, 2021
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    Part of the Data & Evidence Cluster this working paper answers one of the three main research questions: A Mission-Led Approach. This paper proposes a public sector-led, mission-oriented approach. While setting the mission and the directionality is the role of government, NGOs, industry, AT users and the charity sector are able to drive forward the agenda of AT access through their own essential and complementary roles.

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    National Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Services Management Guideline - Ethiopia

    Ministry of Health Ethiopia
    Dec. 1, 2020
    Ethiopia
    AT2030 Resources

    Medical Rehabilitation Centers (MRC) leadership, management and governance arrangements are essential to ensure effective, efficient and comprehensive rehabilitation services that contribute to the health and wellbeing of the target population. Leadership of MRC should manage their organizations and liaise with external agencies and community. There are five core functions of MRC’s leadership:

  • Call for evidence to build a research agenda on Artificial Intelligence for Assistive Technology. Privacy Notice.

    UCL
    Sept. 18, 2020
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    This is the Privacy Note for the Call for evidence of Powering Inclusion: AI and Assistive Technology.

  • Development of a tool/process for AT Country Capacity Assessment

    GATE, World Health Organization
    June 15, 2020
    AT2030 Resources

    Presentation from WHO on ATA-C tool.

  • AT2030 Theory of Change

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 1, 2020
    AT2030 Resources

    The theory of change presents the inputs, programmes, activities, outputs, outcome and impact of the AT2030 programme.

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    AT2030 Communications Strategy

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Louise Gebbett
    June 1, 2020
    AT2030 Resources

    This strategy has been developed to guide communications for the AT2030 programme. It is intended to be a point of reference for communications, a collective call to action, and a clear statement of priorities for the partnership. It will evolve as the programme does and includes details of how resources are allocated to achieve communication objectives.

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    Capturing and Creating Value in the Assistive Technologies Landscape through a Mission-Oriented Approach: A New Research and Policy Agenda

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Sarah Albala, Malcolm MacLachlan, David Banes, Rose Bandukda, Rainer Kattel, Mariana Mazzucato, Julian Walker
    Aug. 1, 2019
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The working paper presents a new research and policy agenda for capturing and Creating Value in the Assistive Technologies Landscape through a Mission-Oriented Approach.

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    AT2030 leaflet

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 3, 2019
    AT2030 Resources

    Over five years, AT2030 will test ‘what works’ to improve access to AT and will invest £20m to support solutions to scale. With a focus on innovative products, new service models, and global capacity support, the programme will reach 9 million people directly and 6 million more indirectly to enable a lifetime of potential through life-changing Assistive Technology.

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    Assistive technology in Tajikistan: situational analysis

    World Health Organization
    May 9, 2019
    Tajikistan
    AT2030 Resources

    This publication summarizes the current gaps, needs and opportunities for intervention in the field of assistive technology in Tajikistan. The situational analysis was conducted under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republic of Tajikistan and with technical support from the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan. It was undertaken in collaboration with different Government ministries and State agencies, development partners, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations, disabled people’s organizations and users of assistive products. It adopted a realist synthesis approach, responsive to the unique social, cultural, economic and political circumstances in the country. The evaluation focuses on assistive technology policy and governance, service provision and the impact of assistive technology on the health and well-being of individual users and their families, with the aim of improving access to high-quality, affordable assistive products in T

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    Provision of wheelchairs in Tajikistan: economic assessment of alternative options

    World Health Organization
    April 23, 2019
    Tajikstan
    AT2030 Resources

    Overview This publication presents the results of a study on the economic aspects of various models for the provision of wheelchairs in Tajikistan. The study was conducted under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republic of Tajikistan and with technical support from the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan. The study was finalized in consultation with Tajik users of wheelchairs, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and international experts on wheelchair production and provision, and made use of national and international evidence on the provision of wheelchairs to inform the analysis and develop evidence-based policy options. While the study focuses on the Tajik context and its aspirations to expand in-country production of wheelchairs, its approach and findings will also be of interest to other countries in a similar situation and to other interested stakeholders.

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    National Manufacturing Kenya: Innovation Stack

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Oct. 4, 2023
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    This paper provides an overview of a model of local manufacture of wheelchairs by Motivation. Motivation is a disability inclusion charity and social enterprise, operational for 31 years. Their development of a Kenyan wheelchair manufacturing model will help to indicate whether national manufacture can provide one method of overcoming global supply challenges, inherent in a mass-market model, and aligns with the Kenyan Government's plans to boost the manufacturing sector and improve the provision of assistive technology, and the Government’s desire to be a regional provider.

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    Assistive Technology User Fellowship: Positioning OPDs as Equal Partners on Assistive Technologies

    International Disability Alliance
    Sept. 1, 2023
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    The International Disability Alliance (IDA), Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and AT2030 are implementing a project “Positioning OPDs as Equal Partners on Assistive Technology” (AT Project) with the aim to strengthen the role of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations (OPDs) in the use of and access to AT in different parts of the world by reinforcing their technical capacities and contributing to the production of research and knowledge on AT, and to reduce the gap in knowledge among relevant duty bearers, actors and service providers about AT and to document experiences of diverse groups of persons with disabilities who either currently using AT or trying to access it.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Medellín - an Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study from Colombia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, El Comité
    Aug. 7, 2023
    Colombia
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study shares findings and recommendations for infrastructure, built environment and urban development - with the aim of driving global action to more accessible and inclusive cities. Building a picture of the current state of the built environment in Medellín, to understand the potential for inclusive design to address barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities.

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    Evidence brief on engaging communities in Para sport in Malawi

    Loughborough University
    June 30, 2023
    Malawi
    Case Studies and Reports

    Stigma and discrimination are among the most pressing challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families in Malawi. It leads to social exclusion from many areas such as education, employment, and sport. Addressing stigma and other barriers to inclusion must be part of an inter-Ministerial approach to implementing disability policy in Malawi. This report shares findings from a major research study on the potential of Para sport for addressing stigma, and provides a set of recommendations.

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    National Clinical Guidelines for Basic Eye Care in Liberia

    Ministry of Health, Liberia
    June 16, 2023
    Liberia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The purpose of the National Clinical Guidelines for Eye Care is to set out standards and clinical best practices for the provision of basic eye care and management of various eye conditions by providing first aid, non-surgical or surgical interventions, and assistive devices s for use by health workers working in the community, primary clinics, or secondary health centers. These Guidelines provide technical and clinical guidance under the umbrella of the National Eye Health Policy 2022-2032.

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    Lugha Ishara Impact Performance Snapshot

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, 60Decibels
    June 15, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    This report, developed by 60Decibels and Global Disability Innovation Hub, explores more about the Lugha Ishara customers, their profiles, outcomes and experiences - looking at key performance and impact metrics to discover customer loyalty, feedback and overall impact to lives.

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    The Accessibility Institute Impact Performance Snapshot

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, 60Decibels
    June 12, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    This report, developed by 60Decibels and Global Disability Innovation Hub, explores more about the Accessibility Institute’s customers, their profiles, outcomes and experiences - looking at key performance and impact metrics to discover customer loyalty, feedback and overall impact to lives.

  • Assistive technology in Korea: Findings from the 2017 National Disability Survey

    Jamie Danemayer
    June 10, 2023
    Korea
    Case Studies and Reports

    This publication explicitly monitoring the need, use and satisfaction of assistive product (AP) provision is essential to support population health and healthy longevity in ageing/aged countries, like Korea. We present findings from the 2017 Korea National Disability Survey (NDS) on AP access and compare them to international averages, introducing Korea’s data into the wider coherence of global AP research.

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    KBT Impact Performance Snapshot

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, 60Decibels
    June 8, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    This report, developed by 60Decibels, explores more about Kilimanjario Blind Trust customers, their profiles, outcomes and experiences - looking at key performance and impact metrics to discover customer loyalty, feedback and overall impact to lives.

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    Koalaa Impact Performance Snapshot

    60Decibels, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 6, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    This report, developed by 60Decibels, explores more about Koalaa customers, their profiles, outcomes and experiences - looking at key performance and impact metrics to discover customer loyalty, feedback and overall impact to lives.

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    The Impact of Assistive Technology

    60Decibels, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 2, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    There is a need to create data and evidence for the AT sector. The current data vacuum is challenging venture but also ecosystem growth. At the ecosystem-level the lack of data and evidence creates a significant barrier for the sector to make informed decisions about where and when to invest. The objective of this research was to develop an easily administrable set of surveys – AT Lean Impact Assessment Suite – which would capture company-level impact for emerging AT companies from the users’ perspectives whilst simultaneously delivering ecosystem-wide learnings.

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    Rwanda national partner event to galvanise support on the Disability Information System for Inclusive Development

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    May 24, 2023
    Rwanda
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study explores a recent National Partner event led by the Rwandan National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and its stakeholders to build support on the Disability Information System for Inclusive Development. This system aims to provide evidence-based support for inclusive policies, enhance accountability, improve service delivery, and foster better coordination among key stakeholders. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance management of disability information in the country.

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    Case Study AT2030: Measuring Need through Population Health Data and Screening Tools

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Jamie Danemayer
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study AT2030: Measuring Need through Population Health Data and Screening Tools. Excerpted from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations

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    Case Study: Google Euphonia, Supporting People with Impaired Speech to be Better Understood

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Richard Cave
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Google Euphonia, Supporting People with Impaired Speech to be Better Understood. Excerpted from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations

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    Case Study: Neurodiversity and Disability—Reflections

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Neurodiversity and Disability—Reflections. Excerpted from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations.

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    Case Study: Enabling Access to Quality, Inclusive Education for Learners with Visual Impairment in Africa

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Kilimanjaro Blind Trust
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Enabling Access to Quality, Inclusive Education for Learners with Visual Impairment in Africa. Excerpted from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations by Catherine Holloway and Giulia Barbareschi.

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    Case Study: DIX within the AT2030 program in Kenya

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: DIX within the AT2030 program in Kenya. Excerpted from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations by Catherine Holloway and Giulia Barbareschi.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Freetown - an Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study from Sierra Leone

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, SLURC
    April 11, 2023
    Sierra Leone
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study explores the current state of the infrastructure provision - and makes recommendations for opportunities to imbed accessibility and inclusion across Freetown.

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    Case Study: Tacilia, Designing Interactive Technology for Blind Students

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Tacilia, Designing Interactive Technology for Blind Students. An excerpt from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations by Catherine Holloway and Giulia Barbareschi

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    Case Study: Motivation InnovATe Wheelchairs, Reimagining Bespoke Wheelchair Manufacturing Through Technology

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Jake Honeywill, Nancy Mbugua
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Motivation InnovATe Wheelchairs, Reimagining Bespoke Wheelchair Manufacturing Through Technology. An excerpt from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations by Catherine Holloway and Giulia Barbareschi.

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    Case Study: Local Production Opportunities for Assistive Technology

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey
    April 11, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Case Study: Local production opportunities for Assistive Technology. An excerpt from Disability Interactions: Creating Inclusive Innovations by Catherine Holloway and Giulia Barbareschi

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    Tacilia: Innovation Stack

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 30, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Innovation is the process by which something new and meaningful is created that can reach people. This is an example of Tacilia, a new technology for tactile display devices. It aims to reduce the complexity of refreshable tactile displays by reducing the number of components required to actuate a pin array. The development of Tacilia encountered many challenges, and it was constantly overcoming challenges with the people who will be using the technology that reflects the process of inventing new, valuable, and marketable assistive technology.

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    Wazi Impact Performance Snapshot

    60Decibels
    March 29, 2023
    Uganda
    Case Studies and Reports

    Wazi were part of AT2030's Assistive Tech Impact Fund, using catalytic capital with expert-led venture-building, to unlock new solutions for scale, building AT ecosystems and driving change. This report, developed by 60Decibels, explores more about Wazi customers, their profiles, outcomes and experiences - looking at key performance and impact metrics to discover customer loyalty, feedback and overall impact to lives.

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    Improving access to Assistive Technology: spotlight on the Pan American Health Organization

    GATE, World Health Organization
    March 29, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    The Pan American Health Organization/WHO Regional Office for the Americas works with the countries and territories of North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean to improve and protect people's health. The Region is making significant advances in its efforts to implement actions outlined in the WHO resolution 71.8 Improving access to assistive technology. This enews blast captures the range of activities, including those driven by AT2030 such at Training in Assistive Products.

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    Health Systems Strengthening: Integration of Assistive Technology as Critical Component

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 28, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    A digital webinar on Health Systems Strengthening, Integration of Assistive Technology as Critical Component, part of the Humanitarian Network Partnership on Assistive Technology.

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    Hope Tech Plus: Innovation stack

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 27, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    Assistive technology (AT) innovation is born out of the necessity to create a meaningful change that improves lives. This innovation stack is an example of disruptive technologies that facilitate independence. From a single successful smart cane product, Hope Tech Plus has been inventing new AT to support the independent and mobility of people with visual impairments across three continents.

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    Baseline Survey in Pakistan Rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA)

    World Health Organisation (Pakistan), Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Government of Pakistan
    March 1, 2023
    Pakistan
    Case Studies and Reports

    Pakistan is the first country globally to conduct the rATA national survey with the objective to assess the needs and unmet needs of assistive technology and identify the barriers to access assistive technology in the population of Pakistan. Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (NHSRC) in collaboration with World Health Organization successfully implemented the survey in 16 districts of the country, including over 9000 households and nearly 63000 respondents. The data collected provides useful insights into the current situation of access to assistive technology in the country, and offers recommendations to improve access.

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    Why inclusive design is important for climate and crisis resilience in cities

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Iain McKinnon, Mikaela Patrick, Annamae Muldowney
    Dec. 12, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    Cities worldwide are significantly exposed to the growing impact of climate crisis, from increased heat, intense weather changes, to disasters. At the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) we believe that in order to achieve resilience, everyone in the community must be enabled to respond to climate change and crisis on an equal basis.  This is the foundation of inclusive climate resilience.  With 80% of disabled people living in climate-vulnerable countries, embedding inclusive design into climate and crisis resilience strategies in cities are key to achieving this. Find out more in this article featured on The Access Association.

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    IPC Annual Report and how broadcasting the Paralympics can help tackle stigma in Africa

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
    Nov. 9, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    IPC Annual Report and how broadcasting the Paralympics can help tackle stigma in Africa - featuring more on our AT2030 Sport Against Stigma Programme, and WeThe15 - a campagin that Global Disability Innovation Hub was a co-founder.

  • Measuring Access to Assistive Technology using the WHO rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) questionnaire in Guatemala: Results from a Population-based Survey

    Dorothy Boggs, Angelique Kester, Ana Cordón, Jonathan Naber, Sarah Polack, Gonna Rota
    Nov. 9, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    Using the World Health Organisation (WHO) rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) tool, this study aimed to estimate the population level self-reported Assistive Technology use and unmet need in the province of Sololá in Western Guatemala.

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    User feedback of Koalaa prosthetics by CHAI in Sierra Leone

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Nov. 6, 2022
    Sierra Leone
    Case Studies and Reports

    User feedback of Koalaa prosthetics by Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Sierra Leone. This document provides reporting on evidence from the experience of 27 Koalaa prosthetic users by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, in collaboration with AT2030, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Global Disability Innovation Hub - looking at outcomes and recommendations.

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    Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study Nairobi, Kenya

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Kounkuey Design Initiative
    Nov. 3, 2022
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    Nairobi is experiencing rapid growth and investment in infrastructure which offers great potential to embed inclusion. The city has complex urban development challenges with roads and transportation commonly cited as major challenges. This case study explore the current state of the infrastructure provision - and makes recommendations for opportunities to imbed accessibility and inclusion.

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    Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study Solo Indonesia written in Bahasa Indonesia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kota Kita, UK Aid
    Nov. 3, 2022
    Indonesia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The third case study as part of the Inclusive Infrastructure programme on Solo, Indonesia. This is the Bahasa Indonesia version of the report. This case study builds a picture of the current state of inclusion and accessibility in the built environment and infrastructure in Solo through engaging local stakeholders and communities and exploring the understanding of and potential for inclusive design to address some of the current barriers to inclusion.

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    Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Media Evaluation Report by Nielsen

    Nielsen
    Aug. 10, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    International Media Evaluation Report - from Tokyo Paralympic Games.

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    Nigerian Media Spotlights Clubfoot Treatment with MiracleFeet from our AT2030 AT Impact Fund

    Arise News, Kenya
    Aug. 2, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    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. While new technologies and materials have reduced the cost and complexity of assistive and inclusive technology, innovation and new business models provide an opportunity to reach populations previously excluded. Our unique combination of technical assistance and capital investment looked to test what was possible. In this news piece, hear more from one of our AT Impact Fund ventures, MiracleFeet.

  • Learning Note: Country Investment Fund

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    July 20, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    Under AT2030 Country Investment Fund, CHAI has demonstrated the potential to work with governments on a shift away from parallel and fragmented AT provision towards integration with public systems for scale and sustainability. Delivering foundational, strategic, agreed national AT priorities, and reach disabled people directly with access to AT across four focus countries – Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.

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    Digital Launch Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Solo Indonesia

    Kota Kita
    June 13, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    GDI Hub and Kota Kita are pleased to showcase the digital launch of the third case study as part of the Inclusive Infrastructure programme on Solo, Indonesia. Watch the launch in English or Indonesian.

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    Hearing care by community health workers using digital technologies

    University of Pretoria
    May 17, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    Hearing loss is expected to affect 2.5 billion individuals by 2050. The reality is that persons with hearing loss in most LMICs do not have access to hearing care due to barriers including a severe shortage of hearing health professionals, centralised service-delivery models, expensive diagnostic equipment requiring highly trained persons to operate. This paper explores a new innovative model using a range of digital technologies operated by community healthcare workers to deliver end-to-end hearing healthcare services to adults.

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    Global Report on Assistive Technology

    UNICEF, World Health Organization
    May 16, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    The WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (AT) was launched in May 2022. The first of it's kind - the report marked a important milestone for the profile, understanding, impact, prioritisation and reach of AT. Built on much of the work from our UK aid funded AT2030 - which submitted over 150 insight papers and co-sponsoring the report alongside ATscale.

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    Research Report on the Tokyo 2020 Broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Emma Pullen
    March 31, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    The AT2030 Para Sport Against Stigma project aimed to examine how disability stigma can be overcome through Para sport so to increase assistive technology (AT) adoption in Africa. The project centred on a four-pillar approach: education, athlete development, Paralympic broadcast and cross-cutting research activity. The research provided important knowledge on: (a) the successes and challenges in the development and distribution of the Paralympic Tokyo 2020 highlights package; (b) audience experiences of watching the Paralympic highlights package; and (c) the cultural impact of the broadcast on disability stigma reduction and the reduction of barriers to AT adoption.

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    TVMS Paralympics Broadcaster Report

    TVMS
    March 14, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    For the first time in history the Paralympic Games were broadcast for free across Africa, enabling many across the continant to discover and view Para sports. This report from broadcaster TVMS documents some of the outputs and approaches to the screening of the Paralympics as part of the AT2030 Sport Against Stigma programme.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Solo, Indonesia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kota Kita, UK Aid
    March 11, 2022
    Indonesia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The third case study as part of the Inclusive Infrastructure programme on Solo, Indonesia. This case study builds a picture of the current state of inclusion and accessibility in the built environment and infrastructure in Solo through engaging local stakeholders and communities and exploring the understanding of and potential for inclusive design to address some of the current barriers to inclusion.

  • Project Summary: Drive Affordability and Availability

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    March 10, 2022
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Project Summary of Sub-Programme 6: Drive Affordability and Availability, under Cluster 3. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) partnered with country governments to identify opportunities to drive AT availability and affordability. This summary document highlights objectives of the project, impact, key achievements, lessons learned and outputs.

  • Cover photo of report screen shot with title mobile Characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive Technology users: An intersectional disability analysis of mobile phone access and use in Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Freetown, Sierra Leone Cover Image

    Characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive Technology users

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kota Kita, Development Planning Unit (DPU), SLURC, the SHM foundation
    March 10, 2022
    Sierra Leone, Indonesia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive Technology users: An intersectional disability analysis of mobile phone access and use in Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Freetown, Sierra Leone This report shares the findings of research conducted in five informal settlements across the cities of Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 2020- 2021 as part of the AT2030 Project (AT2030 SP9).

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    HearX publication: Hearing care by community health workers using digital technologies

    hearX, Caitlin Frisby, Tersia de Kock, De Wet Swanepoel
    Feb. 4, 2022
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    A brilliant new report by hearX published in ENT UK Global Health showcasing innovative digital technologies and service solutions to meet the unmet need of hearing loss.

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    Assistive Technology in urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone and Indonesia: Rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) survey results

    Development Planning Unit (DPU)
    Jan. 12, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    The findings from the surveys presented in this report give a unique insight into disability prevalence and access to AT in five urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone and Indonesia.

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    Assistive Tech Impact Fund the story so far

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Brink, Catalyst Fund
    Dec. 1, 2021
    Case Studies and Reports

    This paper presents key insights from our work with the first cohort of AT ventures who are pushing the boundaries of AT innovation and disrupting the archaic models of AT production and supply in the African market. The Assistive Tech Impact Fund (ATIF), provides grant funding as well as bespoke business, research, and technical support to pioneering Assistive Tech innovators working towards increasing AT access to millions of AT users across Africa.

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    Liberia Country Capacity Assessment

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Nov. 2, 2021
    Liberia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Liberia has a disability prevalence of 3.17%. Of the disabled population, the majority experience visual impairments (34%), followed by mobility impairments (25%), hearing impairments (11%), communication impairments (4%), and cognitive impairments (4%). This Assistive Technology Country Capacity Assessment looks to understand the country’s current systems capacity to provide AT. The findings are intended to increase awareness and knowledge of AT among partners; and to identify gaps that would benefit from increased and coordinated investments.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Varanasi, India

    Mikaela Patrick, Iain McKinnon, Satish Mishra, Shivani Gupta, Prabha Roy, Utsav Choudhury, Kavita Murugkar, Gaurav Raheja
    Oct. 13, 2021
    India
    Case Studies and Reports

    The purpose of this case study is to explore the state of inclusive and accessible environments for persons with disabilities in Varanasi, India, through engagement with policy, industry and community stakeholders (policy, practice and people). Through this engagement, the case study is developing evidence on the challenges and opportunities for implementing inclusive and accessible design in Varanasi and makes recommendations on local actions towards becoming a more inclusive city.

  • Consultation on assistive technology in the WHO European Region

    World Health Organization
    Oct. 12, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Consultation on assistive technology in the WHO European Region: meeting report: virtual meeting hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, 12 October 2021

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    Project summary; Cluster 3 - Country Implementation

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Oct. 6, 2021
    Case Studies and Reports

    Under Cluster 3 of AT2030, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) partnered with country governments to identify opportunities to drive AT availability and affordability. To date, through CHAI’s work nearly 100,000 people directly benefited from the programme, either through delivery of AT or capacity building, and nearly 55 million persons with disabilities were impacted by new national AT policies or action plans. Find out more.

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    Preventing lifelong impairment: Access to clubfoot treatment in low- and middle-income countries

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    July 19, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), commonly known as clubfoot is one of the most common congenital conditions, affecting 1 in 800 births. Left untreated, it can lead to life-long impairment, impacting participation in society, education, and employment. Most children with clubfoot can be successfully treated with the Ponseti method, a low-cost, cost-effective, and minimally invasive treatment protocol. Despite progress, less than 1 in 5 children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) currently receive treatment. This new cutting edge report, authored by CHAI under AT2030, explores solutions and recommendations for ensuring affordable and appropriate assistive technologies reach the children and adults with clubfoot that need it.

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    Product Narratives: Digital Assistive Technology (Chinese)

    Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Margaret Savage, Dennis Sondergaard, Barbara Goedde, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron, Priya Morjaria, Jeffrey Boyar, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, George Torrens
    June 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives are key elements of our AT2030 objectives. They help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access to Assistive Technology with the potential to reach scale through innovative products; new service delivery models and local capacity.

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    Product Narratives: Digital Assistive Technology (Spanish)

    Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Margaret Savage, Dennis Sondergaard, Barbara Goedde, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron, Priya Morjaria, Jeffrey Boyar, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, George Torrens
    June 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives are key elements of our AT2030 objectives. They help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access to Assistive Technology with the potential to reach scale through innovative products; new service delivery models and local capacity.

  • AT2030 – Final Report 3D PETRA Project

    Humanity & Inclusion
    June 23, 2021
    Uganda
    Case Studies and Reports

    The 3D Petra project sought to develop effective solutions combining tele- rehabilitation, Computer Aided Design (CAD) Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and 3D printing to increase access to orthotic devices (a sub-set of AT) for use in emergencies and remote settings. Regarding the technology in use, only the shells of the orthoses were printed. The rest of the devices were assembled using conventional materials and components. Fitting also followed a conventional process. The project was implemented in the West Nile part of Uganda, specifically Arua District, within the refugee settlements of Omugo and Imvepi, including the catchment of host communities.

  • GroundTruth Report

    Shujaaz Inc
    June 23, 2021
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    Many factors can help improve the life of PWDs by making it possible for them to participate in such activities as work, schooling, taking care of the home, and being involved with family and friends in social, recreational and civic activities. Well Told Story, in partnership with UCL, will conduct a research study to understand the existing attitudes and perceptions of young Kenyans towards PWDs and execute a 12-month action research campaign to refine the understanding of Kenyan youth (15-24) attitudes towards PWD, the influencers and the contexts responsible for forming the attitudes, and will suggest a SBCC campaign to modify the attitudes, thus, removing one of the barriers for PWDs lifestyle improvement. This reports gives a summary of findings from the Ground Truth study conducted in November, 2019.

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    Final Narrative Report

    Shujaaz Inc
    June 23, 2021
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    Launched in 2019, this program heralded the purposeful inclusion of persons with disability in Shujaaz Inc’s media campaigns. We carried out a GroundTruth study to develop a profound understanding of the issue in general as well as of how it is “experienced” (understood, perceived and acted on) by our target audience. This study informed us that there is a high level of knowledge amongst young people on disability, that young people’s attitudes towards persons with disabilities depend on their visibility in their community and that frequent and positive engagements with PWDs goes a long way in improving attitudes. With these insights, we successfully rolled out a targeted media campaign in 2020 and we intend to continue incorporating a disability lens into our communications going forward.

  • (Re-)constructing Disability through Research: Methodological Challenges of Intersectional Research in Informal Urban Settlements

    Julian Walker, Dr Ignacia Ossul Vermehren
    May 17, 2021
    Case Studies and Reports

    Book chapter from Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South that discusses the inherent methodological tensions in doing intersectional research around disability in  informal urban settlements.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in Mongolian

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Iain McKinnon, Mikaela Patrick, AIFO, Tegsh Niigem, Universal Progress ILC
    April 26, 2021
    Mongolia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Inclusive Infrastructure in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - case study in Mongolian

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    Assistive Technology Capacity Assessment Survey Mongolia Report

    Dr. Sunil Deepak, Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Health Organization, Tegsh Niigem
    April 25, 2021
    Mongolia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Assistive Technology Capacity Assessment (ATA-C) National Survey was carried out in September-October 2019 by Dr. Sunil Deepak, consultant of Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO), in collaboration with Tegsh Niigem (Mongolia), with technical support of the AT2030 team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and with funding from Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub, UK. This survey was the first step in the effort to improve and strengthen the Assistive Technology (AT) services in the country.

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    Product Narrative: Eyeglasses (Spanish)

    Mathilde Chaudron, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Vicki Austin
    April 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access, scale and serivce delivery models.

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    Product Narratives: Prostheses (Chinese)

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, ATscale, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Frederic Seghers, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Alison End Fineberg, Margaret Savage, Barbara Goedde, Cynthia Liao, UCL
    April 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    The Product Narratives help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access to Assistive Technology with the potential to reach scale, through innovative products, new service delivery models and local capacity.

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    Product Narrative: Eyeglasses (Chinese)

    Mathilde Chaudron, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Vicki Austin
    April 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access, scale and serivce delivery models.

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    Product Narratives: Eyeglasses (French)

    Mathilde Chaudron, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, University College London, Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Vicki Austin
    April 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access, scale and serivce delivery models.

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    Product Narratives: Digital Assistive Technology (French)

    Catherine Holloway, Katherine Perry, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Margaret Savage, Dennis Sondergaard, Barbara Goedde, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron, Priya Morjaria, Jeffrey Boyar, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, George Torrens
    April 25, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narratives are key elements of our AT2030 objectives. They help to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access to Assistive Technology with the potential to reach scale through innovative products; new service delivery models and local capacity.

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    Powering Inclusion: AI and AT. The findings of an online expert roundtable

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, University College London, UNESCO's International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence, European Disability Forum, Jožef Stefan Institute
    March 29, 2021
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This briefing summarises the findings of an online expert roundtable on AI and AT held in November 2020. The event brought together experts working at the forefront of AI and AT to highlight the potential of using AI for AT and establish a list of ‘grand challenges’ to drive forward innovation in the AI & AT sector ahead of the launch of the newly formed International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI). Participants included industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and AT users. The roundtable was funded by the AT2030 programme which is funded by FCDO and led by Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). The session focused on four areas: AI & Communication, AI & Mobility, AI & Improving Information,

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    Creating an Inclusive and Accessible Varanasi City

    National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
    March 12, 2021
    India
    Case Studies and Reports

    On 12th Mar. 2021, a Co-design Workshop with Persons with Disabilities was conducted in Varanasi. The workshop was jointly organised and facilitated by GDI Hub and NIUA along with the support from Kiran Society (Varanasi based Disabled People’s Organization) and Varanasi Smart City Ltd (city stakeholder). The workshop was titled as “Co-design workshop with persons with disabilities – Creating a more inclusive and accessible Varanasi”.

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    Catalysing AT access: Scaling rehabilitative services and increasing access to AT in Kenya

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Jan. 13, 2021
    Kenya
    Case Studies and Reports

    It is estimated that about 100,000 people need a wheelchair in Kenya annually. Across the 47 counties in Kenya, anecdotal evidence showed that health centres and access points for rehabilitative services are not evenly distributed, appropriately staffed, and sufficiently equipped. The situational analysis showed that Kenya’s access challenges are driven by a policy gap, limited service points with few trained personnel, fragmented delivery landscape, no national specifications, standards or supply chain and limited financing of rehabilitative services and wheelchairs.

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    Digital Fabrication of Lower Limb Prosthetic Sockets

    Dr Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Rhys Williams, Catherine Holloway, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Institute of Making
    Dec. 16, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This innovation insight discusses current approaches to digital fabrication of lower limb prosthetics (LLP) sockets aimed at low resourced settings. Digital fabrication of LLPs sockets has been researched for a number of decades, yet these technologies are not widely adopted, and most of the activities within this domain reside in high-income settings. However, the majority of amputees are in LMICs where there is a severe lack of access to services. It is in LMICs then, that the advantages that digital technologies offer could be of particular benefit however little to no progress in digital workflow adoption has been made to date

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    Understanding the mobile disability gap

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, GSMA
    Dec. 14, 2020
    Kenya, Bangladesh
    Case Studies and Reports

    There has been limited research to understand access to mobile phones by persons with disabilities and the impact of mobile technology in their lives. This research aims to bridge the knowledge gap and to understand the potential of mobile phones as assistive technologies (ATs) for persons with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh. It presents an evaluation of the gap and barriers to mobile phone ownership experienced by persons with disabilities, as well as the usage patterns of four main mobile-enabled services (voice, SMS, mobile internet and mobile money) and the role of mobile phones to enable access to basic services, such as education, healthcare, transportation, employment and financial services.

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    An AT Innovator Case Study: Amparo

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Dr Rhys Williams
    Dec. 3, 2020
    Germany, South Africa
    Case Studies and Reports

    In this innovation insight paper, we interviewed Lucas Paes de Melo, the CEO of Amparo, to discuss the journey so far of prosthetics company, Amparo. Rather than focus on the product, this insights paper provides an honest reflection of the journey to establishing an assistive technology company and delves into transferable insights. In doing so, we aim to provide insights to help current and future AT entrepreneurs to see behind the curtain of working in this space.

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    Product Narrative: Digital Assistive Technology (executive summary)

    Margaret Savage, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron, Jeffrey Boyar, George Torrens, Katherine Perry, Priya Morjaria, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Barbara Goedde, Catherine Holloway
    Nov. 23, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Executive Summary of the Product Narrative: Assistive Technology

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    Product Narrative: Digital Assistive Technology

    Margaret Savage, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Cynthia Liao, Mathilde Chaudron, Jeffrey Boyar, Dennis Laurentius, George Torrens, Katherine Perry, Priya Morjaria, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Barbara Goedde, Catherine Holloway
    Nov. 23, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This document is the final in a series of in-depth analyses that identify key barriers and promising market interventions. The previous four documents focused on wheelchairs, hearings aids, prostheses, and eyeglasses.

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    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people's daily lives

    Kota Kita
    Nov. 3, 2020
    Case Studies and Reports

    Video produced by Kota Kita with DPU (UCL's Development Planning Unit) as part of 'AT2030: Community led solutions' research project.

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    Driving affordability & availability of AT: Developing product narratives to guide sector investments

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Oct. 31, 2020
    Case Studies and Reports

    Under the AT2030 programme and in support of ATscale’s strategy, CHAI conducted market and sector analyses for five assistive products and related services—wheelchairs, hearing aids, eyeglasses, prostheses and assistive digital devices and software. This summary looks at how the product narratives are being used to drive affordability and availability of AT.

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    The Liberia Evidence Lab: A new scalable model to deliver School Eye Health

    Clinton Health Access Initiative, EYElliance
    Oct. 30, 2020
    Liberia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Under Cluster 3: Country Implementation of the AT2030 programme, AT2030 partners are working with country governments to identify opportunities to drive availability and affordability of AT. EYElliance, CHAI and the AT2030 programme published a case study on work happening in Liberia to expand access to eyeglasses so that students can achieve better outcomes in school.

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    Catalysing AT access: A unified approach to fund and provide AT services in Indonesia

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Oct. 30, 2020
    Indonesia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Under Cluster 3: Country Implementation of the AT2030 programme, AT2030 partners are working with country governments to identify opportunities to drive availability and affordability of AT. CHAI and the AT2030 programme published a case study on how a new coordinating mechanism within Indonesia is catalysing access to AT within the country.

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    Country Capacity Assessment for Assistive Technologies: Informal Markets Study, Sierra Leone

    Julian Walker, Nada Sallam, Samuel Sesay, Ibrahim Gandi, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Global Disability Innovation Hub, Centre of Dialogue on Human Settlement and Poverty Alleviation (CODOHSAPA)
    Oct. 26, 2020
    Sierra Leone
    Case Studies and Reports

    This study was conducted as part of the AT2030 Research Programme, which is funded by FCDO and delivered by the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). It was carried out by a team from the Sierra Leonean Centre of Dialogue on Human Settlement and Poverty Alleviation (CODOHSAPA), the Sierra Leone Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP), the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC), and the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL).

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    Country Capacity Assessment for Assistive Technologies: Informal Markets Study, Indonesia

    Julian Walker, Ahmad Rifai, Fuad Jamil (AA), Vindi Kurniawan, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kota Kita, Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL
    Oct. 22, 2020
    Indonesia
    Case Studies and Reports

    This study was conducted as part of the AT2030 Research Programme, funded by the FCDO and delivered by the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). It was carried out by a team from the Indonesian NGOs Kota Kita and Kaki Kota, and from the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of University College London (UCL).

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Mikaela Patrick, Iain McKinnon, Vicki Austin, Global Disability Innovation Hub, AIFO, Tegsh Niigem, Universal Progress ILC
    Oct. 22, 2020
    Mongolia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is launching the first case study on Inclusive Infrastructure in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. GDI Hub worked with AIFO, Tegsh Niigem and Universal Progress ILC conducting research on the state of accessibility and inclusion in the built environment. This case study is part of a series of six global case studies.

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    Summary of Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Mikaela Patrick, Iain McKinnon, Vicki Austin, Global Disability Innovation Hub, AIFO, Tegsh Niigem, Universal Progress ILC
    Oct. 22, 2020
    Mongolia
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the summary of the first report of the Inclusive Infrastructure case studies on Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

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    Lessons learned from assistive technology country capacity assessments 2019/2020

    Luke Bostian, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Oct. 7, 2020
    Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Rwanda, Mongolia, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Uganda, Malawi, Iraq, Bahrain, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The purpose of the CCAs is to “capture a high-level understanding of the often-fragmented AT sector in a country or region,” helping raise awareness about AT gaps and opportunities and contributing to advocacy and policy and program development. One year after the first CCAs began, GDI Hub commissioned research into lessons learned so far and recommendations for how the tool and process might be improved in the future.

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    Access to life changing spectacles for millions. A new vision for KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Oct. 2, 2020
    South Africa
    Case Studies and Reports

    The publication gives an overview of the challenge, what works and next steps. Under Cluster 3: Country Implementation of the AT2030 programme, CHAI is partnering with country governments to identify opportunities to drive availability and affordability of AT.

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    AT2030: Community led solutions. Assistive Technologies in Informal Settlements in Sierra Leone and Indonesia

    Development Planning Unit (DPU)
    Aug. 19, 2020
    Case Studies and Reports

    Find out more about the AT2030 sub-programme focusing on how disabled and older people in informal settlements in Banjarmasin (Indonesia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) are able to achieve their aspirations, and the role that Assistive Technologies play in their strategies to do so.

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    Product Narrative: Eyeglasses

    Mathilde Chaudron, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, University College London, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Priya Morjaria, Katherine Perry
    July 30, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Product Narrative: Eyeglasses - A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Eyeglasses in Low and Middle Income Countries.

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    Product Narrative: Prostheses (French)

    Cynthia Liao, Frederic Seghers, Margaret Savage, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey
    April 30, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the french translation of the publication: A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Prosthetic Devices and Related Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

  • Final Report: Assistive Technology Country Capacity Assessment in seven African Countries using WHO Assistive Technology Assessment-Capacity Tool

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    April 30, 2020
    Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia
    Case Studies and Reports

    Draft prepared by Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

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    Product Narrative: Prostheses

    Cynthia Liao, Frederic Seghers, Margaret Savage, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey
    April 30, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Prosthetic Devices and Related Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

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    Product Narrative: Prostheses (Spanish)

    Cynthia Liao, Frederic Seghers, Margaret Savage, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway, Dr Ben Oldfrey
    April 30, 2020
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Spanish translation of the publication: A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Prosthetic Devices and Related Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

  • Learnings from the Implementation: Assistive Technology Country Capacity Assessment using WHO Assistive Technology Assessment-Capacity Tool

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    April 30, 2020
    Rwanda, Uganda, Liberia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Iraq, Bahrain, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mongolia
    Case Studies and Reports

    This draft was prepared by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

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    Uganda Capacity Assessment Report

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    March 25, 2020
    Uganda
    Case Studies and Reports

    The Uganda Functional Difficulties Survey indicated that over 62% of persons with disabilities who needed AT did not have such devices. Similarly, according to a recent survey carried out by the Department of Health in Gulu, 83 percent of people who needed assistive devices do not have access to them, and the quality of the devices that exist is often poor. The purpose of Assistive Technology Scoping Assessment in Uganda was to evaluate and monitor country’s capacity to procure and provide Assistive Technology that appropriately meet the population’s needs.

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    Sierra Leone Country Capacity Assessment

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Dec. 18, 2019
    Sierra Leone
    Case Studies and Reports

    Assistive Technology Scoping Assessment in Sierra Leone evaluated and monitored the country’s capacity to procure and provide Assistive Technology that appropriately meet the population’s needs. Our methodology was characterized by a participatory, consultative, inclusive and transparent processes; with clear time-bound objectives and provided an opportunity to reflect on the applicability of evidence in different contexts and promoting dialogue among several types of stakeholders. WHO ATA-C instrument was customized for the purpose.

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    Understanding the mobile disability gap (executive summary)

    Clara Aranda, Alizee Boutard
    Dec. 3, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This executive summary gives an overview of the GSMA report - Understanding the mobile disability gap. The report presents an evaluation of the gap and barriers to mobile phone ownership experienced by PWDs, as well as the usage patterns of four main mobile-enabled services (voice, SMS, mobile internet and mobile money) and the role of mobile phones to enable access to basic services, such as education, healthcare, transportation, employment and financial services. Finally, the report explores the characteristics of access and usability of mobile products and services along the customer journey.

  • Understanding the mobile disability gap

    GSMA, Clara Aranda, Alizee Boutard
    Dec. 3, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This report presents an evaluation of the gap and barriers to mobile phone ownership experienced by PWDs, as well as the usage patterns of four main mobile-enabled services (voice, SMS, mobile internet and mobile money) and the role of mobile phones to enable access to basic services, such as education, healthcare, transportation, employment and financial services. Finally, the report explores the characteristics of access and usability of mobile products and services along the customer journey.

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    Product Narrative: hearing aids (French)

    Rachit Kejariwal, Emily Kobayashi, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Tucker Bhosa, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Barbara Goedde, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, UCL, Catherine Holloway
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the French version of the Product Narrative: Hearing Aids. The document is the second in a series of in-depth analyses that identify key barriers and promising market interventions across the value-chain, stretching from research and development to production and procurement, all the way through to supporting service delivery at the user and healthcare worker levels.

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    Product Narrative: hearing aids (Spanish)

    Rachit Kejariwal, Emily Kobayashi, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Tucker Bhosa, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, UCL, Catherine Holloway
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Spanish version of the Product Narrative: Hearing Aids.The document is the second in a series of in-depth analyses that identify key barriers and promising market interventions across the value-chain, stretching from research and development to production and procurement, all the way through to supporting service delivery at the user and healthcare worker levels.

  • Disability and mental health among Syrian refugees in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: 2019 Survey Report

    Sarah Polack, Nathaniel Scherer, Shaffa Hameed, Dorothy Boggs, International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Turkey
    Case Studies and Reports

    This survey aims to provide reliable data on disability and mental health among Syrian refugees in Istanbul, with which to inform service planning, policy and advocacy.

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    Product Narrative: hearing aids

    Rachit Kejariwal, Emily Kobayashi, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Tucker Bhosa, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Barbara Goedde, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, UCL, Catherine Holloway
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    The document is the second in a series of in-depth analyses that identify key barriers and promising market interventions across the value-chain, stretching from research and development to production and procurement, all the way through to supporting service delivery at the user and healthcare worker levels.

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    Product Narrative: hearing aids (Chinese)

    Rachit Kejariwal, Emily Kobayashi, Margaret Savage, Frederic Seghers, Tucker Bhosa, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Alison End Fineberg, Barbara Goedde, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, University College London, Catherine Holloway
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Chinese translation of the Product Narrative: Hearing Aids. The document is the second in a series of in-depth analyses that identify key barriers and promising market interventions across the value-chain, stretching from research and development to production and procurement, all the way through to supporting service delivery at the user and healthcare worker levels.

  • Great Summit Submission Theme 9: ‘Effective Access to AT’

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin
    Dec. 1, 2019
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    Great Summit Submission Theme 9: ‘Effective Access to AT’ Title: Overcoming systematic global barriers to AT: a new methodology and quickstart testing through a £20m programme.

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    Product Narrative: wheelchairs (French)

    Margaret Savage, Novia Afdhila, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Richard Frost, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the French translation of the Product Narrative: wheelchairs. The document reflects a detailed analysis of the market landscape for wheelchairs and associated services and systems and proposes a potential strategic approach to increasing access to affordable and appropriate devices and services.

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    Product Narrative: wheelchairs

    Margaret Savage, Novia Afdhila, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Richard Frost, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    The document reflects a detailed analysis of the market landscape for wheelchairs and associated services and systems and proposes a potential strategic approach to increasing access to affordable and appropriate devices and services.

  • Product Narrative Wheelchair in Spanish Cover Image

    Product Narrative: wheelchairs (Spanish)

    Margaret Savage, Novia Afdhila, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Richard Frost, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Spanish translation of the Product Narrative: wheelchairs. The document reflects a detailed analysis of the market landscape for wheelchairs and associated services and systems and proposes a potential strategic approach to increasing access to affordable and appropriate devices and services.

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    Product Narrative: wheelchairs (Chinese)

    Margaret Savage, Novia Afdhila, Frederic Seghers, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Richard Frost, Alison End Fineberg, ATscale, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    This is the Chinese translation of the Product Narrative: wheelchairs. The document reflects a detailed analysis of the market landscape for wheelchairs and associated services and systems and proposes a potential strategic approach to increasing access to affordable and appropriate devices and services.

  • National Conference on Assistive Technology for All 2030. August 2-3, 2019, Bengaluru, INDIA Conference Proceedings. Celebrating 25th Anniversary. Rising beyond limits. Cover Image

    Global Disability Innovation Hub and AT Innovation in India

    Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 2, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    Cathy Holloway's presentation on the Global Disability Innovation Hub and AT Innovation in India at the National Conference on Assistive Technology in Bengaluru, India.

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    Training in Assistive Products Pilot Report

    World Health Organization
    June 1, 2019
    Case Studies and Reports

    The Papua New Guinea (PNG) pilot was carried out in June 2019, in collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDOH) Health Facilities Standards Branch, National Capital District Community (NCDC) Health Services, Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) Eye Clinic and the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS).

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    Leveraging the Potential of Mobile for Persons with Disabilities

    GSMA
    Nov. 1, 2018
    Global
    Case Studies and Reports

    The GSMA published this landscaping report “Leveraging the Potential of Mobile for Persons with Disabilities” based on the review of existing research and key informant interviews with ecosystem actors and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in five emerging markets. Funded through UK aid, AT2030 programme.

  • Scoping research report on assistive technology

    Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Lucie Pannell, Dr Dafne Morgado Ramirez, Richard Frost, Iain McKinnon, Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond, Rosemary Frazer, Dr Maria Kett, Prof Nora Groce, Dr Mark Carew, Dr Ola Abu Alghaib, Emma Tebbutt, Emily Kobayashi, Frederic Seghers, Dr Giulia Barbareschi
    June 4, 2018
    Case Studies and Reports

    This Scoping Research Report on Assistive Technology seeks to unpick and understand the multi-layered and multifaceted ways in which economic, social, and political factors interplay and interact to create barriers to AT for those who need it the most.

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    The Kenyan assistive technology ecosystem: a network analysis

    Emma M. Smith, Catherine Holloway
    Jan. 17, 2024
    Kenya
    Academic Research Publications

    The objective of this research was to provide an overview of the Kenyan Assistive Technology Ecosystem, including available assistive products and related services, and an understanding of the nature and strength of relationships between stakeholders. The research concluded that Improving access to assistive technology in Kenya will benefit from greater collaboration amongst all assistive technology stakeholders.

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    Disability Innovation Summit - Recordings

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    Nov. 1, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    Bringing together global experts and new voices to share big ideas and ask the question: What next for disability innovation? Catch up the summit recordings

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Medellín - an Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study from Colombia

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, El Comité
    Aug. 7, 2023
    Colombia
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study shares findings and recommendations for infrastructure, built environment and urban development - with the aim of driving global action to more accessible and inclusive cities. Building a picture of the current state of the built environment in Medellín, to understand the potential for inclusive design to address barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities.

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    What works to improve access to AT

    Diane Bell, Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Natasha Layton
    July 13, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    The ‘What Works’ Report provides a comprehensive interim snapshot of the AT2030 programme to inform the sector and guide future work. Bringing together the evidence produced by AT2030 over the last 4 years (October 2018 – July 2022) along with the reflections of multiple stakeholders and the AT2030 Advisory Board.

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    Evidence brief on engaging communities in Para sport in Malawi

    Loughborough University
    June 30, 2023
    Malawi
    Case Studies and Reports

    Stigma and discrimination are among the most pressing challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families in Malawi. It leads to social exclusion from many areas such as education, employment, and sport. Addressing stigma and other barriers to inclusion must be part of an inter-Ministerial approach to implementing disability policy in Malawi. This report shares findings from a major research study on the potential of Para sport for addressing stigma, and provides a set of recommendations.

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    National Clinical Guidelines for Basic Eye Care in Liberia

    Ministry of Health, Liberia
    June 16, 2023
    Liberia
    Case Studies and Reports

    The purpose of the National Clinical Guidelines for Eye Care is to set out standards and clinical best practices for the provision of basic eye care and management of various eye conditions by providing first aid, non-surgical or surgical interventions, and assistive devices s for use by health workers working in the community, primary clinics, or secondary health centers. These Guidelines provide technical and clinical guidance under the umbrella of the National Eye Health Policy 2022-2032.

  • Front cover of the What Works highlight report. A man is photographed drinking from a water bottle using an upper limb prosthesis. The report text is 'What Works' 2018 - 2022 highlights. AT2030: testing ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. AT2030, UK aid and GDI Hub logos are displayed. Cover Image

    'What Works' highlight report

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 13, 2023
    Global
    AT2030 Resources

    A key highlights document of 'What Works' to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. This report succinctly summarises the past five-years of the AT2030 programme, a £40 million programme funded by UK aid.

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    The Impact of Assistive Technology

    60Decibels, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 2, 2023
    Case Studies and Reports

    There is a need to create data and evidence for the AT sector. The current data vacuum is challenging venture but also ecosystem growth. At the ecosystem-level the lack of data and evidence creates a significant barrier for the sector to make informed decisions about where and when to invest. The objective of this research was to develop an easily administrable set of surveys – AT Lean Impact Assessment Suite – which would capture company-level impact for emerging AT companies from the users’ perspectives whilst simultaneously delivering ecosystem-wide learnings.

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    Rwanda national partner event to galvanise support on the Disability Information System for Inclusive Development

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    May 24, 2023
    Rwanda
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study explores a recent National Partner event led by the Rwandan National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and its stakeholders to build support on the Disability Information System for Inclusive Development. This system aims to provide evidence-based support for inclusive policies, enhance accountability, improve service delivery, and foster better coordination among key stakeholders. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance management of disability information in the country.

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    Inclusive Design and Accessibility of the Built Environment in Freetown - an Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study from Sierra Leone

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, SLURC
    April 11, 2023
    Sierra Leone
    Case Studies and Reports

    This case study explores the current state of the infrastructure provision - and makes recommendations for opportunities to imbed accessibility and inclusion across Freetown.

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    Assistive Technology (AT), for What?

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Health Organization, University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC)
    Nov. 22, 2022
    Academic Research Publications

    Following the publication of the World’s first Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) this paper explores how we are at the end of the beginning of the needed work. If AT is the mechanism, then some version of justice—however understood—is the goal to which it contributes. Hence, knowing what we mean by justice in this context feels like a vital next step to avoid perverse incentives and wasted effort. Now is the time to define “AT for what?” and ensure that every single actor knows how to contribute toward that goal.