News and stories News and blogs The Global Disability Summit: One week on "I'm delighted that the summit was just what we'd hoped; it delivered on its promise to put words into action." This time last week, it was the eve of the first Global Disability Summit, co-hosted by the UK Government. So many people from across the sector had put so much hard work into this one day - myself and my amazing team at Motivation included - and we were full of excitement and anticipation, wondering if our efforts would deliver. We were all hoping the summit would not disappoint. A week later, I am reflecting on the day (having gathered my breath and energy!) and am delighted that the summit was just what we'd hoped; it delivered on its promise to put words into action. A range of governments, private sector and civil society organisations pledged to ensure that people with disabilities are included in their societies and able to realise their full potential. The Department for International Development's ambitious Charter for Change now has over 300 signatures. And more impressively, the summit helped over 170 organisations and governments to make a set of specific commitments that will make a difference to disabled people and their families all over the world like never before. Amongst this, nine governments have committed to develop new laws to protect and included disabled people. And eighteen have committed to develop new action plans that ensure current laws are enforced and implemented. One government newly ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. As Motivation Head of Programmes, I welcome these commitments all of which are huge leaps forward for inclusion. I am particularly excited about the commitments made to increase the access to assistive technologies, like wheelchairs, which are more widely recognised as a key enabler to inclusion. As a result of the summit, we have a real opportunity to support the 900 million people worldwide who do not have access to the wheelchairs, glasses, hearing aids, prosthetics, and other life-changing technologies that they need. Reading through the commitments, I am delighted to see the number of assistive technology related ones from such a wide range of actors. Motivation looks forward to working with many in the coming weeks, months and years. Most significantly, it was wonderful to hear Penny Mordaunt talking about the UK Government's aim to reach 500 million disabled people by 2030. With support from partners in all sectors, the UK Government is encouraging innovation in design and ensuring new assistive technology is accessible and affordable so it can be introduced to all. We have worked closely with many of the partners involved in this, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and USAID, and will continue to support shaping this exciting initiative. Now is absolutely the time. To see all the commitments made at the summit, click here.