The Organization

InABLE's Mission;

To Empower the Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Africa through Assistive Computer Technology.

By bringing a complete assistive computer-technology environment and curriculum to an underserved population, inABLE strives to lessen the educational gap between sighted children and blind or visually impaired children in Africian schools.

Using computer assistive technology, effective training, and utter dedication, inABLE celebrates the educational advancements that completely blind and visually impaired students can achieve when given the opportunity to learn computer technology. inABLE also ardently advocates for the adoption of educational policy that truly supports the use of computer assistive technology in specials schools for the blind in Africa. This includes the use of computer assistive technology: education curriculum, accessible hardware, training of teachers and more.

The Cause

When founder Irene Mbari-Kirika met a group of bright, eager and quite competitive students who stole the show, including winning a reading competition (in spite of the fact that all of them were blind). Intrigued, Irene visited the Thika School for the Blind and discovered a significant educational discrepancy that needed to be addressed.

Because the blind and visually impaired had greater educational and life-skills challenges, the newly-formed organization refocused its purpose to make blind/visually impaired students the primary recipients of new learning resources. The original work of creating reading spaces would continue, but as a secondary program. This led to the creation of inABLE; a 501c nonprofit organization based in the USA and Kenya with a mission to empower blind and visually impaired students in Africa through assistive computer technology.

Computer learning and connectivity was the most obvious way to create long-term learning opportunities for blind and visually impaired students. This understanding lead to the design of Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind, consisting of a complete assistive computer-technology environment that includes: accessible hardware, software, computer-lab infrastructure, Internet connectivity and employable skills training. The first inABLE assistive computer-technology lab opened in Thika, Kenya in July 2009

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