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2 Gerogia Tech team members discussing with 1 Kenyan team memeber

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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.

Beginning in October 2010, Dr. Bruce Walker and his team from the GA Tech Department of Psychology has traveled to Kenya with the inABLE USA team several times to evaluate the needs of the blind and visually impaired students in Kenya. These visits help 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 following articles related to the GA Tech's partnership with inABLE has been published in our blog:

St. Lucy’s School Welcomes VIP Guests and inABLE Executives

Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Develop Plans for Weather Station 

The areas of focus for the research will include:

a) Measuring academic achievement

b) Psychosocial constructs and measures

  • Attribution style/locus of control
  • Personality self-efficacy
  • Social support network measures
  • Measures of career aspirations or expectations
  • Quality of life

c) Cognitive and abilities measures

  • Verbal abilities tests
  • Non-verbal abilities tests (e.g., tactile versions of IQ performance tests, etc.)
  • Perceptual abilities tests (not hearing tests, but tests of perceptual abilities
    such as frequency and tempo discrimination, etc.)
  • Measures of attention

d)   Technology adoption and use measures

  • Technology use (amount and type)
  • Technology acceptance
  • Technology expertise/aptitude
  • Outcomes from the use of technology