OPINION: Global Disability Innovation Hub’s Dr Catherine Holloway supports the ongoing paralympic legacy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2017


The sporting excellence and community spirit showcased at the London 2012 Games changed the way we view disability in the UK and abroad.

We have built on these strong foundations, working with local disabled people and our partners on a £10m Paralympic Legacy Programme.

At the heart of the Paralympic legacy programme is the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), a research, teaching, practice centre and online community currently based at Here East. The GDI Hub is a home for academic excellence, delivering world class research, projects and partnerships.

This summer the hub will host the Disability Innovation Summit, a fantastic two day event which will see disabled and non-disabled experts come together to shape the future of disability innovation. Taking place on July 13 and 14, the summit will bring together cutting edge tech, lived experience, academics, innovators, corporations and the community to explore ways to help improve the lives of disabled people worldwide through collaboration, partnerships and ideas.

Local people and especially local disabled people are encouraged to attend. Concession tickets are available to both of these groups at

We’re also running a competition to win a pair of free tickets to the event for Newham Recorder readers. Email your own disability innovation ideas to and the top five will receive a free pair of tickets to the two day Disability Innovation Summit.

Don’t forget the park will be also be hosting world-class para-athletic sport this summer. We can’t wait to welcome the world’s best Paralympians for the IAAF World ParaAthletics Championships to the London Stadium in July. Visit for more information.

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