Jean Bosco Mugiraneza

“ I am the Vice President of RATA, Assistive Technology is still an unknown thing in our country and as a person with disability, it’s really not easy to cope with life without AT. I am among few persons with disabilities in Rwanda who got a chance to use some of the ATs like braille, screen reader which help me to attend the school, complete my studies and it opened me to different opportunities including getting a job which also proved me that disability is not inability. I am ready to help other persons with disabilities to have access to them.”

Anne Musengimana

“In May 2019, I attended the training for visually impaired youth on ICT conducted by RATA. After the training, I was able to use a smartphone, creating tables in Microsoft word, sending emails and even browsing on the internet which boosted my confidence of competing at the workplace after finishing my university studies.”

What We Do

  • Raising Awareness and Advocacy

    RATA intervenes in this area as many people in Rwanda are not yet aware enough of the importance of AT in the lives of persons with disabilities. It’s done through meetings, workshops, awareness campaigns and consultations among private and public institutions, schools and the general community. RATA also plans to use innovative and various channels to pass appropriate messages during awareness and advocacy campaigns.

  • Innovation

    This is the area where we believe AT can make a great impact in improving the lives of persons with disabilities. Local AT tools need to be created.

  • Inclusive Education

    To enhance Inclusive education, AT plays a great role as it provides special educational needs software, switches, computer access devices, communication aids for learners with disabilities. Teachers and other professionals involved in supporting children with disabilities should be equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills on AT in order to ensure that the classroom is inclusive.

  • Capacity Development

    Public and private institutions, schools, persons with disabilities, their caretakers and parents should be equipped with skills and knowledge on AT in order to widen participation, increase educational and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Under the project: “Empower visually impaired for employment in Rwanda”, RATA has trained so far, 17 visually impaired people on ICT.