Tanzania’s Inspiring IT Technician

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Emmanuel Mhehwa is Tanzania’s first blind IT technician. During his third year in the law program at University of Dar es Salam, he decided he wanted to learn computer skills. He spent most of his money on a computer and spent 4 or 5 hours per night using it.

Mhehwa used many assistive technology applications in the process including Thunder Screen Reader and JAWS.

He emphasizes how much learning to use the computer improved his life. He no longer needed his classmates to read for him, rather using the computer to read assigned texts. The independence inspired his passion for IT, leading him to complete course for computer application for the blind and an online course at Hardly School for Blind-USA.

After his studies, the Open University of Tanzania hired him as an IT technician. Now, he is CEO of an electronic store that also offers software and hardware specifically for persons with disabilities. He also works with the NGO ADD Tanzania and provides ICT training and consultations, training more than 90 people in just this past year.

He is determined to continue helping others and hopes he can continue to make a positive impact both on policy and people’s lives in the country.

Source: Sylivester Domasa, IPP Media