Inclusion for People with Disabilities in Colombia

Sep 4, 2012

Group of graduates with physical disabilities

People with physical disabilities learn to use ICT
People with physical disabilities learn to use ICT

Since early this year, Makaia launched a campaign at the GlobalGiving virtual platform that aims to mobilize resources in order to support the adoption and use of information technologies and communication, ICT, to people with hearing, visual, cognitive and physical disabilities in Colombia. 

We are pleased to announce that this week we had the graduation of 14 people who experience physical disabilities who received their certificate after twenty hours of training in the appropriation and use of ICT.

The participants of the course, which this time included wounded soldiers, could learn tools like email management, e-government tools and programs to make effective presentations. The training was also intended to strengthen the business ideas of the participants through ICT and to encourage entrepreneurship within the group.

We strongly believe that there are no limitations to learn and especially when we have amazing tools such as ICT. Generally, the attention that the population with disabilities in Colombia receives in other projects focuses on psychological support, and physical therapy. This is one of the main reasons that make our project very innovative and important to these people.

Last month, due to the great results we have had with the development of this project, and because of its high demand since its obvious relevance, we have decided to extend the project goal and begin the fundraising campaign to bring the ICT access to many more people with disabilities in Colombia.

One of our students thanks from Makaia on Vimeo.


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Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alejandra Schmalbach
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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