Review by Mariya Shulga, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation student,
London College of Fashion and Cathrine Disney, MA Material Futures
student at Central Saint Martins
In July 2017, UAL Postgraduate Community Programme secured 2 free tickets for the first Disability Innovation Summit by The Global Disability Innovation Hub for two UAL postgraduate students to attend and report back here on our blog.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is known worldwide for spreading a strong statement of celebrating inclusivity and diversity during the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2012, marking a defining moment in modern history that changed social attitudes towards disability across the globe. Every single day of the Paralympic Games brought us strong pieces of evidence, that the medical definition of disability, “people are disabled by their impairments or differences”, needed to be revised. At the very core of each member of the organisational team for both the Olympics and the Paralympics was an attitude towards inclusivity and accessibility, demonstrating that good design is simply the ability to create environments accessible for all. Incredible Paralympic athletes from all around the world became icons of this inclusive movement with their strengths and willingness to change the world. It become immediately apparent that the legacy of this inspirational attitude towards inclusivity and accessibility was at the forefront of the Disability Innovation Summit 2017 organised by The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hubb) hosted at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The iconic venue brought very special atmosphere to the debut of the Disability Innovation Summit .