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Advancing Access to Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities in Uganda

There are several categories of assistive technological devices that are useful to persons with disabilities in Uganda, however there are some specific challenges that need to be considered:

Laptop with text in Braille | © Erika Bojarczuk/LFTW

Laptop with text in Braille (Erika Bojarczuk/LFTW)

  • Cost: Assistive technology can be expensive, and this can be a major barrier for people with disabilities in Uganda, where the average income is low.

  • Availability: Assistive technology is not always readily available in Uganda, and there may be long waiting lists for devices.

  • Training: People with disabilities and their caregivers may need training on how to use assistive technology. This training may not be available or affordable.

  • Acceptance: There may be a lack of acceptance of assistive technology in some communities in Uganda. This can make it difficult for people with disabilities to use the technology.

Despite these challenges, there are several organizations in Uganda that are working to improve access to assistive technology. These organizations include:

  • The National Council for Disability in Uganda (NCDU): The NCDU is a government agency that is responsible for coordinating the provision of assistive technology in Uganda.

  • The Uganda Disability Rights Commission (UDRC): The UDRC is an independent body that promotes and protects the rights of persons with disabilities in Uganda.

  • The Lighthouse for the Blind in Uganda: The Lighthouse is a non-profit organization that provides assistive technology to people with visual impairments in Uganda.

  • The Makerere University School of Rehabilitation Sciences: The School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Makerere University provides training on assistive technology to students and professionals.

These organizations are working to make assistive technology more affordable, accessible, and acceptable in Uganda. As a result, more people with disabilities in Uganda can use assistive technology to improve their lives.

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