Our commitments reflect our projects – changing attitudes, enabling mobility and empowering disabled people to live the lives they choose.

On the 24th July 2018, the UK Government co-hosted the first ever Global Disability Summit in London. Organisations, donors and, most importantly, disabled people gathered to work towards a brighter future. The aim was simple: to ensure rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for everyone with disabilities.

In the run-up to the summit, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) urged organisations and governments to sign up to their Charter of Change, committing to solutions that will improve the lives of disabled people worldwide.

Co-founder David and CEO Amanda signing Motivation up to the Charter of Change.

As well as signing up to the charter, Motivation has written our very own list of commitments that reflect our work across Africa and Asia – changing attitudes, enabling mobility and empowering disabled people to live the lives they choose.

We will empower disabled people to challenge stigma

“Motivation commits to scaling up its work to support the number of disabled role models to act as champions in Kenya, India, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.”

We train wheelchair users to deliver life-saving training courses to other disabled people as part of our peer training projects. Not only does this give them a vital role in society and challenge negative stereotypes, but it enables them to share invaluable personal experience. This training includes everything from mobility skills and healthcare, to disability rights, to personal issues like sex and relationships.

Many disabled people say that peer training was a pivotal moment for them – a moment that helped them regain their independence. Many trainees go on to deliver peer training themselves. Find out more here.

We will help disabled people into employment

“This month, Motivation launched a pilot project in Kenya – Ready, Willing and Able – which aims to ensure people with disabilities in Nairobi have access to employment in line with national legislation. Motivation commits to using this pilot to gather evidence and make a case for informed programming and progress, to ensure the scaling up of employment opportunities in Kenya and other East African countries.”

Francis was working as a carpenter when he broke his back. He was left dependent on those around him and unsure of how to keep healthy. His confidence ebbed away and he was left depressed. Unable to work, he sank into poverty.

But when he met staff from Motivation, he received a wheelchair that enabled him to move around his community again. And he was given training on self-esteem, rights, health management, mobility and job skills.

Today, Francis is back in his workshop with his independence and confidence intact. His business is so successful he has hired two employees.

We commit to continuing our vital employment work, enabling people like Francis to re-enter the workforce and regain their independence. Find out more here.

We will revolutionise wheelchair design

 “Motivation commits to exploring how digital technology can revolutionise wheelchair design, manufacture and provision, with pilot initiatives in India and Kenya to be launched in September 2018.”

With support from Google.org, we have been researching the use of 3D printers to produce postural support devices in developing countries that are even more personal.

Alongside our expert therapists, our designers have developed software that allows us to record and recreate each individual’s unique posture using co-ordinates. We can then 3D print seating components and custom fit them to users’ wheelchairs, which is something we have been testing in a small pilot project in India.

We will continue to explore advances in digital technology and the effects they can have on disabled people’s lives. Find out more here.

We will push for the right wheelchair, the right way

"Motivation commits to exploring possibilities to replicate technology transfer (currently being implemented in India in collaboration with the national government) and, through the application of this model, building mechanisms for the national sustainability of wheelchair provision."

We have always strived to ensure that appropriate wheelchairs are provided for disabled people all over the world; we worked in partnership with the World Health Organisation to publish the 'Guidelines on the provision of Manual Wheelchairs in less resourced settings', for example. We strive to be innovative and to influence other organisations.

In 2016, we entered into a partnership with ALIMCO – the Indian government’s provider of assistive technology. The goal of the partnership is simple: to enable the Indian government to produce high-quality wheelchairs and fulfil the needs of disabled people, while aligning with international manufacturing standards. We assist with our expertise and help the organisation to produce two of our wheelchair designs.

We will continue to advocate for the right wheelchair in the right way, working with organisations, NGOs and disabled people themselves to ensure wheelchair users can be independent, healthy and mobile no matter where they are in the world. Find out more about our partnership with ALIMCO here.

For our full list of commitments, click here.