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Southern Times-Adaptive technology devices a necessity for people with disabilities

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Computers are essential tools in all academic studies. They can enhance the independence, productivity, and capabilities of people with disabilities.

Furthermore, computers can benefit people with low vision, blindness, speech and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, mobility, and health impairments.

Each of these impairments poses challenges to accessing and using a standard computer and electronic resources.

For example, a student who is visually disabled is unable to read a computer screen display or standard printouts.

A student with a spinal cord injury may not have the motor control and finger dexterity required to use a standard mouse and keyboard.

Accordingly, African governments should prioritise adaptive technology devices since they are necessary for people living with disabilities. Adaptive hardware and software can facilitate computer access for people with disabilities.

Access to computers for students with disabilities involves two major issues: access to the computers themselves and access to electronic resources such as word processors, spreadsheets, and the World Wide Web.

Adaptive technology solutions may involve simple, readily available adjustments such as using built-in access devices on standard computers, or they may require unique combinations of software and hardware such as those needed for voice or Braille output.

Most individuals who are visually impaired can use a standard keyboard. Since viewing standard screen displays and printed documents is problematic, specialised voice and Braille output devices can translate text into synthesised voice and Braille output, respectively.


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Africa Poised to Be Technology's Next Frontier - Voice of America

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“Africa is that frontier right now,” said Canada-based New Media marketing strategist Douglas Idugboe.
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Third Edition of Orange African Social Venture Prize launched - PC Tech Magazine

Third Edition of Orange African Social Venture Prize launched - PC Tech Magazine | TechAfrica | Scoop.it
Third Edition of Orange African Social Venture Prize launched PC Tech Magazine This year, the Orange African Social Venture Prize will once again reward three entrepreneurs or start-ups offering products or services that make innovative use of ICTs...
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A Foundation For The Future: How One Non-Profit Is Empowering Nigeria's ... - Bella Naija

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Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship (WOWe) speaks to new advisory board member Njideka U.
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eLearning Africa calls Round Table of Ministers

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International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training. An Annual Event for Building eLearning Capacities in Africa.

A round table of ministers and representatives from all across Africa is due to convene at eLearning Africa. The sixth of its kind to date, this yearly meeting offers a chance for governments to draw on the knowledge they have built up collectively over 20 years.

African educators, still challenged with the mammoth task of providing basic education, will take the opportunity to share progress reports and policies. In today’s volatile world, where new technologies have dramatic implications for policy development, such pan-African communication is vital in ensuring geographically distant countries facing similar problems can compare experiences.

Policy and Innovation in Education in Africa is this year’s theme. At a time when governments are getting involved more than ever in the growth of ICTs – with Kenya’s National Master Plan, Namibia’s Vision 2030, and the rise of African hubs – it is all the more vital for ministers to be able to learn from each other.

 

Read more at:  http://www.elearning-africa.com/press_release.php


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African firms should ride on technology to innovate and grow

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American astronomer Carl Sagan once said that civilisation is arranged in such a way that most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

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Solving Africa's Local Content Gap With Umuntu's Johan Nel - Ventures Africa

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VENTURES AFRICA - As technology continues to drive growth and development in Africa, the need for local content in ICT crucial as the continent takes shape.
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ICT Vital for Tanzania Youth Job Creation - AllAfrica.com

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ICT Vital for Tanzania Youth Job Creation AllAfrica.com Dr Deidre Lillis, the Head of School, Computing, Dublin Institute of Technology said the development and nurturing of youthful talent in ICT could be vital for job creation in Tanzania and the...
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Africa: Digital Jobs Offer Skills, Promise to Africa's Unemployed Youth - AllAfrica.com

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Africa: Digital Jobs Offer Skills, Promise to Africa's Unemployed Youth AllAfrica.com The six focus countries - Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa - share particularly high youth unemployment rates and have rapidly developing...
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Technology Can Help Africa Leap-Frog Development Challenges - AllAfrica.com

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The continent is harbouring exciting opportunities, particularly with mobile phones applications and the information they deliver.
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