Assistive technology

We're helping industry tap into the disability-led innovation opportunity and scaling the UK's assistive tech sector. Join us.

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.

Our approach

COMMUNITY

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

RESEARCH

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

OPENDOOR ACCELERATOR

Our next OpenDoor programme will focus on assistive tech.

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.

OPTIMISED WORKSPACE

We’re adapting our workspace to make it accessible for disabled entrepreneurs.

INDUSTRY: HOW TO WORK WITH US

Whatever your challenge, 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.

ACCESSIBLE INSTRUMENTS CHALLENGE

Our innovation team was tasked by Arts Council England to deliver a programme that would help uncover practical solutions that make it easier for disabled people to make music, and solve specific challenges when it comes to the supply of adaptive instruments to schools.

We partnered with Creative United, the OHMI Trust, Hobs 3D and University College London to design and deliver the Accessible Instruments Challenge: a virtual-first programme that ran over three months.

It was important that each team included people with different perspectives and had a good mix of disabled and non-disabled musicians, instrument makers, designers, manufacturers, tech experts, music teachers and academics.

ELIEZ: 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.

The East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone (ELIEZ) brings together a community of entrepreneurs, business leaders and design thinkers who are disabled or whose work focuses on disabled people. We’re inviting them to join, and in return we’ll help them market and scale their business, as well as give them complimentary desk space at Plexal for six months.

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 response to what they tell us.

We hope that by bringing 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.

 

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.