INABLE, CORP

Empower the Blind and Visually Impaired in Africa through assistive Technology
Sep 8, 2014

Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC)

Blind students at KNEC
Blind students at KNEC

Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Learns How Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind Enable Online Learning

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC)—a national examination body that offers certification for primary education, secondary education and college education—are in the processes of digitizing the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam to allow online testing. However, KNEC had anticipated this online option to be available to the sighted students only. Fortunately, inABLE Executive Irene Mbari-Kirika, along with inABLE teachers and students, had an opportunity to meet KNEC officials to show that how even blind and visually impaired can complete the online exam.

 By demonstrating how students go about their online exams, KNEC officials now have a much better understanding of how assistive computer technology can enable a visually impaired or blind student to use online learning tools and complete online examinations. inABLE’s successful computer-labs-for-the-blind  have offered computer studies to the blind and visually impaired at both primary school and secondary school level. Presently, the Kenyan government does not offer computer studies at this level even to the regular schools.

 With good training on how to use computer and assistive technology, including a screen reader, the blind and visually impaired can use computers just like the sighted people do. 

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Jun 9, 2014

Turn Potential Challenges into Real-Time Success

Students with Laptops
Students with Laptops
A little over five months ago, inABLE bridged the gap for technology by saying good-bye to a fixed computer console classroom set up and embracing a mobile technology alternative for the class seven pupils at the Thika Primary School for the Blind. inABLE took this step ahead, in advance of the republic of Kenya’s plan to roll out the laptop project in all schools, set a exemplary example that demonstrates real-time learning instruction and results.
 
In the begin some of our students exclaimed, "This is just impossible... I can't do it”. Yet, now all the class seven pupils’ parents, relatives, community and teachers celebrate the introduction of laptops. What would've happened if inABLE wasn’t forward thinking and gave up the idea of portable laptops that might be dropped or too small for blind or visually impaired students to easily maneuver?  How very limited would the students’ computer learning knowledge be today if we didn’t stick to our plans and see this technological evolution through to the end? Thankfully, the inABLE leadership had this vision and passionately worked towards it with greater enthusiasm.
 
For sure success is a journey of thousands miles with lots of challenges. InABLE  took the risked last April to give out seven laptops to pupils in the pilot project with a few doubts as to whether the laptops would be returned in good condition. Reloaded up with more than ten class audio clips lessons, kindle books for the social studies, user guides and different book share story books, the students enjoyed carrying home their laptops and keenly made use of them while at home with weekly phone call support by the Assistive technology instructors. 
 
With technology….disability is NOT inability. We are very proud of all of our responsible students and appreciate the extended learning opportunities that mobile laptops provide.

 

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Mar 11, 2014

Netbook Learning Advances Blind Students

Netbook
Netbook

Keeping up with ever changing computer technology can be a financial challenge, but also an educational opportunity that excites and engages our students and faculty. In a few short years, our inABLE computer-lab-for-the-blind students have gained experience using CRT monitors, Microsoft multipoint server 2011 and now NETBOOK computers. This necessary computer technology evolution has been made possible by generous contributions that include inABLE partners, individuals, corporations, civic organizations, and many other sources.

As first, replacing heavy Braille books that were in short supply inspired the idea and formation of inABLE’s computer-lab-for-the blind program. Removing barriers that limited learning first happened when computer learning extended educational resources beyond heavy-to-carry Braille books and continues today. Students at Thika Schools for the Blind appreciate the Netbooks, because they are compact, light to carry, and easily connected. They are now experiencing computer learning conveniences that many other blind and sighted students around the world enjoy.

Wireless WIFI availability that Access Kenya donates provides students with unplugged freedom. Our class six pupils and form two students now complete their studies on 'one laptop one student' with the support of Assistive Technology instructors.

inABLE computer-lab students have embraced the class marker technique where each and every student has the opportunity to log into a Netbook with their own credentials to take the exams and submit results to the government of Kenya, who accepts digital examination. These students are advancing as self-directed learners, which will help them become adaptable life-longer learners.

Watching these blind students quickly adapt to new technology and advance in their education is a notable achievement that aptly demonstrates that disability is NOT inability.

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