Ina Ciel will soon be launched as a digital innovation hub with a network of resources and connections for product development, collaboration with disabled creators and building partnerships with shared goals.
The aim is to help develop a marketplace for tech solutions built by disabled people for disabled people that lends agency and independence. Tech has the potential to enable control in disabled lives. It offers a needed alternative to traditional employment models.
Initial research and testing have been kindly supported by Unltd’s Closing the Disability Employment Gap, the Royal Society of Arts Catalyst Award and Tech London Advocates.
A case study on collaborative R&D using an inclusive virtual platform to facilitate creative space and collaboration with disabled and neurodivergent digital entrepreneurs was presented at Autistica’s Research Festival in July 2022.
We have advised disability tech startups from a lived experience perspective on technology, experience design, and market research, which have come via our participation in the Tech London Advocates Tech For Disability group.
We spoke at Global Tech Advocates’ D&Iversity event on disabled people’s inclusion in the startup ecosystem and at the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s Inclusion event in Parliament in May 2022.
Following this year’s research, plans for next year include:
A Tech London Advocates Neurodiversity Digital Hub,
Helping connect industry to the new British Computing Society’s Neurodiverse IT group,
An impact network to raise awareness of disability technology and attract investors, funding and government via its platforms and events
Product development for learning disability and care.
Watch this space for more very soon.
Marc Goblot, neurodivergent, father and advocate of an autistic, ADHD and learning-disabled daughter, is building on his lengthy career in digital technology within creative agencies, tech consultancies and his involvement in autism and disability causes.
Get in touch via https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcgoblot/