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The government has announced a new Disability Action Plan ahead of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) - Today, December 3rd.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Tom Pursglove MP, recently opened the new Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI hub) research lab at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark today’s event.

The plan will see ministers take practical action for disabled people over the next two years to improve their lifestyles.

Despite being in its early stages the plan will be built on in early 2023 offering disabled people and disabled people’s organisations to add their input and advice.

Pursglove said: “Over one in five people in the UK are disabled. It’s vital we continue to take concerted action across the government to improve disabled people’s lives.

“I’ll be bringing forward our Disability Action Plan in 2023 to build on government reform of the disability agenda, underlining our global leadership on disability rights and leading the way in areas such as assistive tech and accessibility.

“It was inspiring to visit the GDI’s new research lab where this type of innovation is in action – unlocking opportunities so that more disabled people can reach their potential.”

During his visit to the Olympic Park the minister met Paralympians at the Aquatics Centre who gave Pursglove a private tour of the venue’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and accessibility features and shared their memories from last years’ Paralympics as well as highlighting the impact of the London Olympics 2012 legacy work by the British Paralympic Association.

This year the United Nations will mark IDPD focusing on innovation and transformative solutions in order to create accessibility and equality.

The aforementioned GDI Hub will be the first centre on assistive technology to collaborate with the World Health Organisation researching and creating pioneering Artificial Intelligence-powered navigation equipment for people with vision loss so they can interact via mobile communication.

The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is on Saturday 3 December. The theme is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.

For more information visit on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities visit the official website.

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