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I am passionate about:
Accessibility, Equity and equality for people with disability especially people with visual impairment
A little known fact about me is:
Advocate for the rights and inclusion of people with visual impairment in the society
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Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda
DisAbility Link Ltd
"Disability is not inability"
I am native and married blind man with 6 years of activism in disability network in Rwanda. I am Rwanda Union of the Blind's board advisor and former advisor charge of Advocacy within the same organization. I am a trainer in mobility and disability rights as well as dialogue in the Dark facilitator. I have bachelor’s degree in Education from Kigali Institute of Education currently working at DisAbility Link as business mentor.
Thank you Rose for provided feedback. Part of our mechanisms to reach out disabled youth in rural area include partnership with disabled youth organization- UWEZO Youth empowerment particularly for the identification of Youth with disabilities . UWEZO is part of our team and project steering committee. In addition to having representatives everywhere across the country the organization also established the data base of all youth with disabilities including job seekers. DisAbility Link met the leadership of the organization and some youth with disabilities during feedback period and they also provided one mechanism to address your worry. They suggest DisAbility Link to also organize mobile training to reach out poor disabled youth in some towns hosting more disabled youth like Musanze, Muhanga and Butare to limit migration to Kigali while they may not afford living cost to benefit the project and this recommendation was highly appreciated and taken into consideration. Again the National Council of persons with disability was also contacted during feedback phase and they were the one who suggested we set up the project steering committee. The council also has decentralized structure everywhere in the country from the village to the National level and it is easy for them to spread out the information and announcement inviting disabled youth to apply for this particular project opportunity.
Lack of access and knowledge on how to use ICT is among the challenge the project would like to address among others. Training on computer skills is part of the training skills for this project. DisAbilty Link has established a small computer lab of about 7 computers that youth enrolled in career development use for computer skills, internet for job seekers and CV writing. The Lab will be reinforced to include additional computers to increase the number the of Your the Lab can accommodate at once but also softwares, braille printer/ machine will be added in the lab. One of our team member Emile has a Bachelor's degree of Computer Science with Education and he will be providing the training on ICT with support of me (Severin) especially for the blind. I am blind and I am familiar with ICT that I can also train other blind youth on computer skills.
We thank you for the feedback and we wish we keep in touch !