Our Work

Our projects are designed to widen participation, increase educational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the use of Assistive Technology. Alongside with community workers in different areas of Rwanda, RATA intervenes in 4 areas which are: “Raising Awareness and Advocacy on the use and importance of Assistive technology, Capacity development, Inclusive education and Innovation.

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.

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. Youth with disabilities in Rwanda mostly visually impaired can access assistive devices while they’re at school (special schools) but after finishing school, it’s not easy for them to access them. The assistive devices help them to access information for employment opportunities and use them in their daily activities. Therefore, under this project RATA provides appropriate assistive devices and training for visually impaired youth who are out of the school. Skills on how to use a computer and internet are part of the training too. In the long term, the trained youth will have skills which will help them to be self- reliant. The skills acquired will also build confidence in them for their self- development and this will improve their social inclusion. In addition, they will be supported to get internships.

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.

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.