As the Swahili saying goes, “chema (or kizuri) chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza”. Meaning (A good thing sells itself; a bad thing must be advertised.). The saying clearly depicts what inABLE is all about and the strides it has made towards positively influencing the lives of persons living with visual impairments and especially the learners in special schools for the blind in Kenya.
For example, On June 14th we welcomed Insights Manager Clara Aranda Jan from the GSM Association (GSMA), which specializes in mobile technology. She came to see how the inABLE Computer-Lab-for-the Blind program in Kenya uses assistive computer technology at the Thika Primary School for the Blind and how best to collaborate in terms of mobile accessibility, which will eventually benefit the visually impaired individuals. The GSMA represents mobile operators worldwide, including more than 750 operators and 400 companies, who develop and market handset and device makers, software companies, as well as, equipment providers, Internet companies, and organizations in adjacent industry sectors.
Clara was amazed to see how confident the young blind and visually impaired students, ages 7 - 16 years from class 1 to class 7, were interacting with both offline and online computer resources. After keenly observing the students, she concluded that if given opportunity and resources these students could do a lot, especially on mobile technology using different accessible applications, including the educational apps.
She also had a chance to interact with some of our two amazing instructors who are also visually impaired and the beneficiaries of the program since they had a chance to acquire the basic computer skills while they were in the primary level.
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