The UWEZO adapted technology center is a new programme that offers special computalized training to visually impaired persons in Rwanda. This programme enables youth and adults with visual impairment to compensate for the new technologies allowing them to open more opportunities by exploring the world of technology.
This adapted technology programme promotes the independent living of persons with visual impairment and decreases dependence to sighted help in performing daily activities. The programme is open to
1. Students with visual impairments including high school and university students who cannot have access to ordinary computer centers in the city due to their inaccessibility.
2. Visually impaired people who are in employment but need to upgrade their skills in different areas related to their work so as to be more independent at work.
3. Newly blind people who wish to re-integrate in the society or get back to work or school
4. High school graduates preparing for university entry as well as university graduates equipping themselves for work readiness.
The programme is offered at the convenience of the trainees due to the fact that many of them find it difficult to come to the center regularly. This can be offered via email, distribution of audio tutorials, via phonecall, whatsapp and face to face at the center. We train our participants in the following areas.
1. Basics to computer
2. Introduction to Windows Explorer and Screen Readers
3. MS Office apps with screen readers, JAWS & NVDA
4. Professional apps with JAWS.
5. Internet Browsing/Surfing with JAWS.
6. Using smartphone app like android and iOS
7. Miscellaneous apps
8. Basic independent living skills, mobility and orientation
In order to develop the programme further, we intend to collaborate with opthalmologists and eye hospitals, regular and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, and other specialists, including representatives from companies that manufacture assistive technologies The UWEZO Adapted Technology project is at a very beginning stage and it is under resourced in terms of equipments.