Global Disability Innovation Hub opens at London Olympic Park as legacy of 2012 Paralympic Games

3 September 2016

  • Leading charity Leonard Cheshire Disability in pioneering collaboration with London Legacy Development Corporation.
  • ‘Here East’, the media centre from the London Paralympic Games, relaunched on National Paralympic Day as a hub for disability specialists to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide.
  • Academic researchers specialising in everything from wheelchair engineering to disability fashion will also collaborate in the hub.

The disabled populations of some of the planet’s poorest countries stand to benefit from the launch of a new innovation hub on the site of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

International disability experts from the long-standing Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre at University College London have agreed an exciting new legacy collaboration with the London Legacy Development Corporation.

‘The launch of the Global Disability Innovation Hub today [September 3] provides a dedicated space in a resonant setting for the team to share, gain and harness expertise with others,’ announced Dr Maria Kett, assistant director of the Leonard Cheshire Research Centre.

‘Leonard Cheshire has a deep and broad knowledge of global disability issues, with a long history of working with the United Nations, the Department for International Development and others to alleviate world poverty.

‘Founding and future hub members will work together, pooling facilities, broadening networks and delivering life-changing innovations.’

An initial ten research projects are to be launched on September 3 – National Paralympic Day.

Leonard Cheshire’s first project at the hub entails devising new transport solutions for disabled children in Zimbabwe.

Within the next three years, new disability, design and development Masters and PhD programmes are also expected to be made available at the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

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Notes for editors

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability is a UK registered charity with five regional offices in Africa and Asia. Leonard Cheshire Disability’s ambition is to increase our impact, enriching the lives and promoting independence for more than 100,000 persons with disabilities across Africa and Asia over the next five years. We will achieve our goal through our inclusive development approaches that combine our expertise in programme delivery, policy and research, working with a range of stakeholders and in close collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members.
  • London Legacy Development Corporation. Formed in April 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation’s purpose is to use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the London 2012 Games and the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to develop a dynamic new heart for east London, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK.
  • The Global Disability Innovation Hub is a dedicated research and practice centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and an active global online community focused on disrupting disability. The hub seeks to amplify the talent of disabled people and add the expertise of practitioners, academics and local communities to change the world