For the Mwangaza initiative, inABLE has partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kenyetta University and local organizations in Kenya to complete a research and development project to help make Math & Science more accessible to blind students by use of assistive technology. This effort aims to impact the achievement standards and self-worth of students by bringing new models of education to them. "Mwangaza" is a versatile Swahili word that means light, but can also mean solution (to a difficulty), education, and enlightenment.
In October 2010, Dr. Bruce Walker and his team from the GA Tech Department of Psychology traveled to Kenya with the inABLE USA team to evaluate the needs of the blind and visually impaired students in Kenya. This visit helped identify some baseline and on-going assessments on how to better measure the areas listed below. Ultimately, this research will help identify the most effective ways of using assistive technology to accelerate the progress of visually impaired students in academics and other arenas of life.
The areas of focus for the research will include:
a) Measuring academic achievement
b) Psychosocial constructs and measures
c) Cognitive and abilities measures
d) Technology adoption and use measures