inABLE es una ONG con sede en Estados Unidos que trabaja en toda Kenia para aumentar el acceso de las tecnologías de asistencia para estudiantes ciegos o con baja visión. Equipa a escuelas especializadas con laboratorios informáticos de tecnologías de asistencia, incluyendo computadores y software, y proporciona capacitación para profesores y estudiantes. De esta manera, los laboratorios apoyan a los estudiantes para que desarrollen habilidades tecnológicas importantes. Desde 2009 inABLE ha inscrito a más de 7.700 estudiantes en estos laboratorios y ha capacitado a 195 profesores en seis escuelas especializadas. En el futuro, busca expandirse a todas las escuelas especializadas de Kenia, así como replicar el programa en otros países de África Oriental.
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inABLE provides schools with everything needed to set up an assistive technology computer lab. It installs the infrastructure, hardware, software, and accessories, and provides skills training to students and teachers.
The organization offers assistive technology skills training ranging from basic skills, such as typing, to more advanced job-focused skills, such as Java programming.
The programme also encourages peer learning, whereby advanced students train fellow students.
inABLE has developed a computer skills curriculum for blind students aged 6–20, including email, web browsing, productivity software, and HTML web page design.
It also provides internships to former students in professions such as assistive technology instruction and HTML coding.
In 2017, inABLE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education to increase access to education for students with visual impairments through digitalizing learning materials, a computer skills curriculum, and impact research.
Students demonstrate increased proficiency with various devices, including desktop computers, laptops, and iPads, and they learn how to identify accessible hardware and software.
A nationwide survey of visually impaired students conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology (US), showed that inABLE students had a more positive outlook and greater self-confidence compared to students in other schools.
• Over 30,000 training hours provided
• In late 2019, 155 desktop computers, 53 laptops, and 61 iPads across six schools are maintained
• Until late 2019, over 7,700 students and trained 195 teachers in six schools have enrolled
inABLE was launched in 2009 in one school with 100 students, and in 2019 it has grown to eight labs in six specialist schools.
The goal is to replicate the model in the remaining specialist schools in Kenya, as well as to adapt the model for other disabilities and low-income countries.
Contact person: George Siso, George@inable.org