Digital Education for Youth with Disabilities

by MAKAIA Vetted since 2012 Site Visit Verified


Provide young people with disabilities in Colombia with economic and social opportunities for development, through ICT (information and communications technology) training, to develop skills and acquire knowledge that will allow them to reach their full potential and transform their reality.

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Young people with disabilities face obstacles to access opportunities that enable their economic and social development, such as information and communication technologies. In some cases ICT do not adapt to the specific circumstances of people with physical and cognitive disabilities, in other cases they do not have the knowledge to use them. This lack of access to digital tools and knowledge denies youth with disabilities the possibility to reach their full potential.


Makaia offers ICT training to young people with disabilities (7-24 years old) with relevant tools and uses to improve their quality of life, as well as vocational trainings to guide them towards their integral development. Additionally the project includes the development and use of technological support devices, which are specifically designed to reduce the difficulties of people with physical and cognitive disabilities when they use digital tools.

Long-Term Impact

Young people with disabilities will be able to develop their economic projects (microbusinesses and employability), their personal activities (knowlegde of their rights, proper use of leisure time) and their academic projects (access to information and knowledge, content development). All of the above will enable youth with disabilities to have an active role in the society and reduce the opportunity access gap the face in their daily live


Makaias web site
Makaias online resources for sign language
The story of Andres, our digital literacy trainer
Multimedia for deaf youth to learn parts of the PC

Organization Information


Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
catalina Escobar
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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