Seeing Hands Assistive Technology Program

The NGO Seeing Hands Rwanda received a grant award from the American Embassy Kigali to provide a 6-month IT training program to help the next generation of young people especially women with visual impairment to acquire knowledge in technology.
This training will play an important role for them in developing necessary abilities and it will increase the quality of life by open up new opportunities.t in the module Advanced settings.

18 young adults, who are blind or have other sight impairments are being trained in assistive technology skills to help them find employment or to create revenue for
The IT training started on the 15 th of April 2021 and was set up in two groups, beginners and advanced. Each group was planned with 9 participants and is being taught twice a week from 8:00am until 4pm. Lunch break from 12pm to 1pm with food supply from a nearest bistro.

Assistive Technology training classroom
assistive technology classroom

The duration for the application process was two weeks. “Seeing Hands” first listed all potentially interested visually impaired people and call them for a first general event. During this event all people in charge of the IT training were introduced and the program schedule was announced. Behavior rules for participation were set up and included covid measures, general obligations and missed lessons. After all information were given people were allowed to sign in for the 6 months training.

The organizing committee consisting of the senior assistive technology trainer, the founder of Seeing Hands Rwanda and NOG members evaluated the applications and did choose the beneficiaries according to their educational and social status as well as their IT knowledge. It was important to consider diversity of participants like shown beneath.