Audible technologies to support students with vision disabilities in Kenya
Four out of eleven schools for blind children in Kenya have already adopted audible technologies for replacing traditional Braille materials. This allows students to spend less money on special books while promoting the access to a larger amount of information through different technology devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones.
According to Zachary Muasya, a school teacher who was born blind, “Assistive technology equips the learners with very many skills that really make them independent in life… they can read materials like books, magazines, newspapers by themselves. Assistive technology equips them with employable skills.”
The installation of audible technologies for the visually impaired in Kenyan schools can cost $1,000 dollars. For this reason, inABLE non-profit organization –one of last year’s winners of Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorldKe campaign – has offered to provide the rest of the available secondary education institutions with funding to adopt this technology.
However, continuity remains a challenge. Students may still face barriers when moving to higher education in institutions that do not possess access to audible contents.