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2009

Thika Primary School for the Blind

inABLE opened Kenya's first assistive technology computer program in the Thika Primary School for the Blind. Accessibility software, such as text-to-speech screen readers and screen magnifier tools for students that retain partial sight, were installed on all computers.

Thanks to this pioneering computer lab program, blind and visually impaired students are now mastering keyboarding, accessing online educational resources, communicating with new friends worldwide, typing essays, researching homework assignments, and developing employable skills. These students even have access to over 10,000 books courtesy of BookShare.

 

2012

Thika Secondary School for the Blind, Thika

inABLE opened its second Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind program at Thika High School for the Blind in Thika, Kenya in May 2012. The school has 261 students enrolled and 36 special needs teachers. The student body is made up of 90 girls and 171 boys between the age of 14 and above. Originally established by the Salvation Army in 1967 to educate blind and visually impaired students, it was handed over to the Kenyan government in 1971.

 

Our Accomplishments:

  • Established a total of four assistive technology computer labs (90 computers)
  • Enrolled over 500 blind and visually impaired students
  • Enrolled over 30 teachers
  • Developed an assistive technology computer curriculum
  • Offered 1869 hours of assistive technology computer training in 2012
  • The students designed their own school website
  • In 2012, inABLE kicked off and completed the Cisco IT essentials pilot project
  • Deployed mobile devices (netbooks)
  • Developed an assistive technology computer certification program
  • Secured a five year STEM research partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Engaged the Kenyan government under the Ministry of Education, and last October we had the honor of hosting the late Minister of Education - Hon. Mutula Kilonzo and other stakeholders.

 

The success of inABLE’s programs in Thika is built on a model that is highly replicable, and ready to be expanded across the remainder of the seven schools for the blind and visually impaired in Kenya and other countries.

Computer Labs Opening Soon with YOUR Support:

  • St Oda's Primary School for the Blind, Kisumu
  • St Lucy's Primary School for the Blind, Meru
  • St Lucy's High School for the Blind, Meru
  • Kibos Primary School for the Blind, Kisumu
  • Kibos Secondary School for the Blind, Kisumu
  • Likoni Primary School for the Blind, Mombasa
  • St Francis Primary School for the Blind, Kapenguria
 





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