Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired

by INABLE, CORP
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Computer Labs for the Blind and Visually Impaired

inABLE celebrated the official opening of the newest inABLE Computer-Lab-for-the-Blind at the Likoni Primary School for the Blind in Mombasa County. Microsoft generously sponsored the setup of the Likoni assistive technology computer lab. The Kenyan Directorate Special Needs Education was among the distinguished guests in attendance. 

Students from four inABLE programs will participate in this event. Schools include: Likoni Primary School for the Blind, Thika Primary School for the Blind, St Lucy Primary School for the Blind in Meru and St Oda Primary School for the Blind in Siaya. These students will share in a peer-to-peer learning session showcasing and exchanging various computer skills in practice across the different stations in the inABLE Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind program.

In Kenya, inABLE and Microsoft have previously worked together at the Thika Primary School for the Blind, where Microsoft supported the setup of an assistive technology computer lab for the special needs students. As well as, supporting training the trainers who continuously support the teachers.

To address the existing computer education gaps between the blind and sighted in Kenya, inABLE has presently established eight assistive technology computer labs at the six special schools for the blind. To date, combined, the assistive technology computer labs have reached over 1,800 blind and visually impaired students and 151 teachers.

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Ephraim Wachira and James KipLangat Kosgei arrived at the inABLE Computer Lab to begin their inABLE Internship program. They were selected from the high school group that did KCSE exam in 2016. We choose them because they were our best students in computer. During their internship we trained them on the program activities, which took them very little time to learn as they had acquired some skills during their inABLE computer lab schooling in both primary and in high school. All along, their determination and personal interest in computers helped them to be valued contributors. Frankly, they joined the inABLE Thika team at a time when we were very much in need.

 

Today, we are happy to report that they both successfully completed their internships supporting two inABLE Computer-Lab-for-the-Blind programs at the primary and high school levels. During their internship, they showed confidence and a consistent willingness to work hard, even without supervision. This allowed our inABLE Thika School computer instructors to sometimes leave them at primary station to handle the high school sessions. We engaged them fully on training, accessibility testing, visitors demo and cleaning of the computer labs. Their eight months stay proved to be a rewarding learning experience that benefited the entire inABLE organization and our students.

We thank them for their commitment and wish them all the best. Their positive "can-do" spirit will definitely lead them to success in future endeavors.

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Madam Sheilah  from SNE in the computer lab
Madam Sheilah from SNE in the computer lab

Ministry Of Education Directorate Special Needs Education Visits New inABLE Assistive Technology Computer Lab at Likoni School for the Blind

The Ministry of Education under the docket of Directorate Special Needs Education (SNE) has been showing keen interest in what inABLE does nationwide. On 24th March, a team from the SNE comprised of Francis Karanja ICT4E in charge of the sections ICT, Sheilah Lutta and Lydia Songok. Their interaction with the computer lab students was amazing. The learning skills demonstrated, included using Microsoft Office Word to type essays and stories, as well as Math Flash to operate simple mathematical operation. Our visitors could hardly believe that this level of computer competence could be possible.

This great visit has started a collaboration between inABLE and the SNE to advocate for special attention to the ICT integration by inABLE into all the special schools.

PHOTO CAPTION: Madam Sheilah from the Kenyan Ministry of Education Directorate Special Needs Education (SNE) observing a totally blind pupil operating a desktop computer at Likoni School for the Blind.

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On October 4th Michael Trucano, the World Bank Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, accompanied by an official from World Bank Kenya and the Ministry of Education, visited the inABLE assistive computer technology programs in Thika, Kenya.

Mr. Trucano was very eager see how our blind and visually- impaired students use the school-based ICT computer lab and what benefits it has on the learners. At both the Thika High School for the Blind and primary school, our distinguished guest were given a brief history of the schools, description of successes and challenges that the schools face, before touring the inABLE computer labs and hearing about our evolving computer education for the blind program and expansion plans.

In the computer labs, they watched learners—from grades 1 to 8— demonstrating their different ICT skills and capabilities, including keyboarding and online Internet research. Our World Bank guest interacted with the students, moving from one workstation to another as he asked questions.

At the second lab, Mr. Trucano was very much impressed to see the more advanced technology. Here more experienced students displayed their ICT knowledge by showing off their employable skills, including website development, Java Programming and e-course books on iPads.

Science Teacher (sighted), who has really embraced the use of technology in classroom, shared his method of teaching science using the laptops. Mr. Trucano enjoyed the presentation and encouraged the Science Teacher to continue his efforts to incorporate ICT into his science lessons.

All of of us at inABLE sincerely thank World Bank and the Kenyan Ministry of Education for their interest in our computer-labs-for-the-blind program and the many students who are capably learning computer skills.

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World Sight Day Event
World Sight Day Event

Assistive technology computer skills received spotlight attention at the World Sight Day event at the Kisumu Sports ground on Saturday October 15th. This annual disability awareness rally celebrates the many ways that disability is not inability, especially when it comes to information computer technology (ICT) computer skills, cooking, sports, weaving, sewing, and many other life skills.

The fabulous St. Oda School for the Visually Impaired band led a procession parade of guest from the Kisumu Governor’s office up to our presentation tent. inABLE computer-labs-for-the-blind students shined while demonstrating just how the blind can aptly operate mobile devices, like iPads, to use digital books, type correct notes without sight and more. All eyes were focused on our five totally blind St. Oda students (two girls, three boys), who amazed onlookers with the simple, yet important, act of educating visitors who didn’t know or understand the benefits of computer education for the blind.

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