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As I continue my search for a hero, I came across the term "assistive technology" which i learnt is technology targeted towards persons with disabilities.
In Kenya (and I reckon most of the developing world), if you are blind, deaf or otherwise impared, it means you are dumb. You are generally excluded from formal educational opportunities at an early age and even shunned by your family and community. Although there are numerous technologies to help the blind and visually impaired “read” books, periodicals, and Web based content via computers and mobile devices in the developed world, the major roadblock to accessing digital content in the developing world, where more than 90% of the world’s visually impaired live, are affordability and access.
However, because of the high adoption of cellphone technology in the developing world, this cellphones offer a potential solution to address the challenges of content access and learning for the visually impaired. Imagine visually challenged children and adults having 24/7 access to up to date books and periodicals and specially designed learning software on their phones?
The vision to bring millions of visually impaired individuals into the mainstream reading community, literally allowing them to carry learning in their pocket, is a grand one brought to the fore by ManOnAMission