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Q&A: David Constantine on technology that transforms lives


[BRISTOL] In this podcast, David Constantine, co-founder of the international disability organisation Motivation and winner of the 2013 Guardian International Development Achievement Award, talks about Motivation's commitment to improving the lives of people with mobility disabilities, through technology, training and activites focused on empowerment and inclusion.

With the world's spotlight on disability issues today —  the International Day of Persons with Disabilities — Constantine, who is a wheelchair user himself, sheds light on how the global community can work together to improve the lives of people with mobility disabilities in developing countries, where disabled people are particularly vulnerable. 

In this podcast, Constantine explains how, through a DFID and Humanitarian Innovation Fund-sponsored programme, Motivation has been designing wheelchairs for people affected by disasters. The design was unveiled at the AidEx event in mid-November, and the first consignment of wheelchairs has now arrived in the Philippines to support communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan
He also describes concerns around ensuring that emergency relief agencies better address the needs of disabled people during disasters, and Motivation's work with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to provide emergency wheelchairs for people affected by disasters. The first consignment has now arrived in the Philippines, to support people affected by last month's Typhoon Haiyan. 

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