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Assistive technology: the untapped opportunity

There are 13.9m people with disabilities in the UK but assistive technology is still not reaching enough people. Meanwhile, industry hasn’t fully woken up to innovation opportunity in front of them.

That’s why we intend to work with disabled people – the experts by experience – as well as industry to turbocharge the UK’s assistive tech sector and scale disability-led innovations that benefit everyone.

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If you have a seen or unseen disability, we want to learn more about your accessibility challenges, and what products or services would make the biggest impact on your life.

We’re currently analysing the results of our survey and are consulting with our industry partners to define areas of opportunity.

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Our approach

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Community

Through our workspace and events, we’re uniting a community of experts by experience help us craft solutions that are genuinely user-centric.

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Research

We’re working with our partners to understand the accessibility challenges people have and what products or solutions they’d like to see.

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OpenDoor accelerator

Our next OpenDoor programme will focus on assistive tech.

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Industry challenges

We’re working with industry to create assistive tech solutions for the 13.9 disabled people in the UK and unlock new revenue streams.

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Optimised workspace

We’re adapting our workspace to make it accessible for disabled entrepreneurs. Our aim is to become the most inclusive workspace in the world – though we’d be delighted if we were knocked off top place.

Industry: how to work with us

Whatever your challenge, bring it to us and we’ll design a programme or project around you. Whether it’s tapping into a community, bringing the right partners on board, carrying out research, or prototyping and piloting solutions, we’re all about delivering results you can see – and making sure under-represented groups are at the heart of our journey.

We’re also welcoming industry sponsorship for our next OpenDoor accelerator, which will focus on assistive tech.

The East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone

We’ve partnered with University College London, The Global Disability Innovation Hub, Disability Rights UK and many more to launch an inclusive enterprise zone in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

We’re currently consulting with our partners to understand the accessibility challenges they could face at Plexal, and we’ll be optimising our workspace in 2020 in response to what they tell us.

It’s our hope that by clustering disabled innovators together and connecting them with industry and entrepreneurs from across the tech sector, we can grow the UK’s assistive technology sector and create products or solutions that are inherently empathetic.

We’ll also be sharing everything we learn from the process so workspaces across the country can become more inclusive.

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Join our community

From Disability Rights UK to Love Language, our ever-expanding community is full of entrepreneurs with both seen and unseen disabilities or accessibility challenges. Join us.