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The annual observance which occurs every 3rd December was launched in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3 with the goal to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.

The theme for this year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” 

People with disabilities deserve the opportunity to lead a full, meaningful life but we all need to be involved to create the space for them to feel inclusive and give them all the needed support to excel in their lives and careers. 

𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐲 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞. 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐲 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞. 𝐘𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.- 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬

According to WHO, about 1 billion of the world’s population lives with disability. 20% of whom live with great functional difficulties in their day-to-day lives. With technological advancements, innovative solutions are being developed to help improve the quality of life of people living with disability. 

Here are three 3 start-ups making profound impact with their solutions for the disabled.

MUNEVO is a German start-up founded in 2018 to help disabled people steer their wheelchairs by making simple movements of their head, via a Google Glass app

WANDERCRAFT is a french start-up that develops medical exoskeleton daily usable with dynamic and stable walk without crutches for paralysed people. Its technology is based on algorithms of dynamic robotics that allow to mimic a human walker by creating a balanced gait from permanent unbalance, and in mechatronics and bio-mechanics. The ambition is to return ordinary life for disabled people.

Mouse4All is a spanish start-up with an app which allows people with severe physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or neuromuscular disease, to access Android touchscreens, without touching the screen.

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