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Embassy of Kenya Hosts inABLE Computer-Labs-for-Blind Info Session

inABLE presented an invitational information session on November 2nd at the Embassy of Kenya in Washington DC to highlight our work empowering blind and visually impaired students in Kenya through computer assistive technology. The ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Robinson Njeru Githae hosted this event in support of the Ministry of Education (MOE), who recently signed an MOU with inABLE to increase access to education by learners with visual impairment through digitalization of all learning materials, basic computer-training curriculum, and impact research.

inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika emphasized that computer education for blind/visually impaired students is vital to provide a more level playing field and a solid foundation for post-graduation employment and educational advancement: “inABLE’s computer-labs-for-the-blind program has already demonstrated the computer capabilities of these special needs students with over 2,000 blind and visually impaired students and teachers gaining access to online educational resources and the ability to research homework assignments, communicate with new friends worldwide, use social media, host blogs and develop employable skills like Java programming and web design.”

[Above: Austin Cooper from the Africa America Institute with Irene Mbari-Kirika, O.G.W., Executive Director inABLE]

To address the existing computer education gaps between the blind and sighted in Kenya, inABLE has already established eight assistive technology computer labs at the six special schools for the blind in Kenya and provided more than 25,000 hours in computer skills training. Combined, the assistive technology computer labs have reached.

In terms of future plans, inABLE is actively seeking corporate partners and charitable funding to establish an Accessibility Innovation Employment Center for the Blind, a Kenyan ICT Accessibility Training, Service and Research Center. The objective is to create a pool of application testers, web developers and more. This project is in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center and Strathmore University.

Additionally, inABLE is working hard expand our Computer-Labs-to-the-Blind program into every special needs school in Africa. 

Future Kenyan computer lab destinations include:

1. Kibos Primary School for the Blind, Kisumu County

2. Kibos Secondary School for the Blind, Kisumu County

3. Nico Hauser High School for the Blind, Siaya County

4. St. Francis Primary School for the Blind, West Pokot County

5. St. Francis Secondary School for the Blind, West Pokot County