A key part of the Disability Action Alliance’s Mission Statement is to identify issues at a local, regional and national level, and work together to design and deliver innovative solutions. As inclusive technology can be a great way to improve disabled people’s digital engagement, we wanted to share some exiting news with you.
Today (30th June) the Minister for Disabled People announced 10 finalists for the Inclusive Technology Prize. Each will receive a share of £100K funding through contracts to develop their ideas into prototypes.
The prize competition was launched in October 2014 and received 203 entries. A panel of expert judges assessed including Cam Nicholl (Disability Action Alliance Member and Chair of the DAA Digital Inclusion Project) recommended a list of 25 semi-finalists, who received funding to develop their ideas further.
The 25 semi-finalists development plans which were assessed during May by the expert judge panel and the Minister has today announced the 10 finalists below:
Affordable 3D printed robotic prosthetic hands. Which are comfortable to wear, and enjoyable to look at.
The first open source communications aid, that can run on any platform, from iPad to laptop to Kindle, without installation or complex setup. It will be free at the point of delivery.
Evolvable walking aid
A modular range of components that can be assembled to form different types of walking aid, to provide users with the specific type of support they require.
The Active Hands Company
Fine motor control gripping aid, to allow the user to position the gripped object in a number of positions – for example at the correct angle to use a pen/pencil, paint brush, mascara brush or even a drum stick.
HandyClix – A one handed lap belt, designed to allow the user to attach and tighten the belt using only one hand. The universal design allows for right or left handed users and can be fitted to different styles of wheelchair.
Swiss Cottage School
“How do I?” uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to teach life skills to people with learning disabilities.
Action on Hearing Loss
The Hearing Loop Listening App will allow people without hearing aids, who have mild to moderate hearing loss, hear speech and music more clearly at locations and venues where a hearing loop is installed.
Version 22 Design
Nimble is the one-finger package opener that gives disabled people their independence back in the kitchen and on the go. With one swipe of their finger they can open plastic food packaging with ease.
PlanHub is a new, customisable platform designed to enable a disabled person to have a voice. By linking emergency information, plans, administration and services into a single, online location, opened using a Near Field Communication (NFC) Chip housed in a wristband.
Supportspace is a multi-platform application that connects Personal Care Budget recipients with support workers and the Social Services agency that administers funding.
The finalists will have until January 2016 to develop and impact test their ideas ahead of the final judging panel. The overall winner will be announced next March. However, if more information becomes available we will be pleased to share it with you.