The main objective is to have a platform where persons with disabilities will grow in tech while learning, collaborating and innovating their local and affordable Digital Assistive Technologies that meet their needs. The idea came after reviewing the activities of our past trainings on ICT and coding for persons with disabilities, and also after consulting our beneficiaries. The center will start training 30 youth with disabilities (Blind an Deaf) on basic digital skills and on advanced skills.
According to current statistics given by the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, in 13 million people in Rwanda, 446,543 of them are persons with disabilities and it's difficult to many of them to access to local online services, and the available software applications that help them in their daily life, they are expensive and many of them don't fit into our local context. In addition, it's still a challenge for them to choose IT as a career.
To create a platform where persons with disabilities will learn more about ICT and Assistive Technology while also collaborating, connecting and innovating local and affordable Digital Assistive Technologies that meet their needs. The trainees will be introduced to potential employers and the platform will also be a resource center for Assistive Technology, and awareness raising on Assistive Technology mostly targeting decision makers will be another activity of the center.
In the long term, the trained youth with disabilities in the center will have skills which will help them to access online services, contribute in the design of accessible websites in Rwanda and in the design of apps that meet users with disabilities needs. In addition, they will be supported to look for jobs in tech industry.
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