News and stories News and blogs Global Disability Summit 2018 Decision makers, funders and disabled people will come together to discuss greater inclusion for all. On 24th July 2018, the UK Government is co-hosting the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, with the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance. Decision makers, funders and, most importantly, disabled people, will come together from all over the world to discuss solutions that ensure greater inclusion for all. Solutions that will give disabled people the same opportunities as everyone else, no matter where they are in the world. Motivation has been asked to help with the preparations for the summit because it will have a focus on assistive technology, like wheelchairs, and the ways in which technology can help disabled people to fulfil their potential. People like Harrison At nineteen, Harrison lived with his wife, had a new baby boy and was studying catering in college. But his independence was stripped from him when he was left paralysed after a car accident. Six months later, Harrison was sent home from hospital with a wheelchair that was poorly fitted. He was only able to use it for an hour before it became painful, and it was not suitable for the uneven ground in his house or community. Isolated from his friends and family, he became depressed. “It was hard,” he told us. “There were times I thought of ending my life because I was so alone.” But his life changed forever when he met Nancy from Motivation. He was given a Motivation Rough Terrain wheelchair and attended a training course that taught him how to use it effectively. He said that his life changed after the first day, and by the end of the course he was moving around on his own and using public transport. With his mobility, confidence and independence restored, he is now concentrating on the future and his dreams of supporting other wheelchair users. “Before I went to training I thought I was alone. But after, I realised that people are living with disabilities and having good lives. Now, I am independent and I have the skills to look after myself. I would like to say that I am very thankful to Motivation and the people who support them; they changed my life. I feel proud to use this wheelchair.” Support Motivation today Over the last year, Motivation has changed the lives of 16,000 disabled people and their families. The Global Disability Summit is a vital opportunity to come together with other organisations and commit to changing more. For people like Harrison, it was a Rough Terrain wheelchair and the training to go with it that made all the difference. For Amanthi, pictured below, it was training for her parents and the opportunity to go to school that turned her life around. Support Motivation today by making a donation.