Keywords: Kenya, students who are blind, digital skills, in-school support
inABLE Computer Labs for the Blind Programme
|Name of Organisation||inABLE|
|Type of organisation||NGO|
|Funding model||Funding through traditional fundraising from individuals, institutional donors and fundraising events.|
In 9 years, inABLE has grown from one to eight assistive technology labs in six special schools for students who are blind in Kenya. Enrollment exceeds 7,700 students, over 30,000 training hours, maintains 155 desktop computers, 53 laptops and 61 iPads. Over the years, the program has developed an entire curriculum to instruct blind students (ages 6-20) on computer use including email, web browsing, productivity software, HTML web page design. The program has been integrated in both primary and high schools. Per a Georgia Tech nationwide survey of blind/low-vision students at schools across Kenya, inABLE students had a positive outlook about themselves and life as whole, with higher self-confidence compared to students in schools that did not have a computer program. In 2017, inABLE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to increase access to education by learners with visual impairment through digitalization of all learning materials, basic computer-training curriculum, and impact research. They have secured a 5-year STEM research partnership with Georgia Tech to measure the impact of their technology program.
THEORY OF CHANGE
We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:
|Students||Assistive technology computer training||Employable computer skills and ability to access accessible online resources.|
|Teachers||Assistive technology computer training||Sufficient skilled personnel on assistive technology|
|Parents/Employers/Community||Information sharing and communication||Attitude change and practices supporting the education and|
employment of blind and visually impaired people.