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‘Leapfrog’ barriers with access to computers

Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan sitting in front of computer
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Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan inaugurated a CBM India supported accessible computer lab

CBM is equipping selected schools with computers, handheld tablet devices and accessibility software to empower children with disabilities.

Access to computers and assistive software for children with disabilities benefit them through improved learning outcomes, thus allowing them, and teachers, to overcome barriers in accessing educational content. 

With this in mind, CBM India is supporting computer learning centers through its partner organisations working inclusive education for children with disabilities. 

As a part of this initiative, Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan inaugurated a CBM India supported accessible computer lab in Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, for empowering children with disabilities on May 3, 2016.

The CBM India supported computer learning lab has been set up with its partner Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre. Access to computers and information technology is an effective way to not only bridge the gap in school learning through technology but also gain vital marketable skills to enhance employability.

An important enabler

staff explaining the working of the accessibility software installed to Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan ©CBM India
CBM staff explaining the working of the accessibility software installed for use by children with disabilities
In his inaugural address, the Honourable Governor expressed his excitement at the launch and called upon CBM to work towards making the center one of the best resources for children with disabilities in the North East region.

“Make the center a special one in the entire region… I as a Governor of this State will always be ready to support this initiative for inclusive education of people with disabilities,” he added. 

“The computer lab will address a much-felt need for digital inclusion by the children with disabilities studying in our schools and also those we reach out to in the community,” said Sr. Bindu Thomas in charge of the project at the Centre. 

“Accessible digital technology is crucial for enabling children with disabilities to access education and connect to the world,” said Aparajita Dhar, Programme Director, CBM India, in a message for the launch.

The Centre reaches out to hearing impaired children, especially in the North East Region. Children from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland will benefit from the CBM supported computer lab.

Access to assistive technology is regarded as a precondition for achieving equal opportunities, enjoying human rights and living in dignity. Girls and boys with disabilities are entitled to available and affordable assistive technology. Ensuring this right is, first of all, a national responsibility, but also an international responsibility. 

Learning and education are adversely impacted for a child with disabilities hindering his or her participation on an equal basis with others. The assistive software can address such barriers. 

But access to computers and accessible software is not easy due to the high cost and lack of product or related services.
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