ÚŃČí  27 May 2020

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Social Responsibility and Community Services
  • ICTs for People with Disabilities
    1. ICTs for People with Disabilities
    1. ICTs for Social Responsibility

    ICTs for People with Disabilities

    ICT is a significant force in terms of choice and opportunity for People with Disabilities (PwDs). It is heralded as enabling them to participate fully in the social and economic life of their communities. MCIT understands how ICTs can revolutionize life for disabled people and, therefore, has taken concrete steps towards improving the quality of their life through autonomy and empowerment.

    In 2012, MCIT launched the national initiative of ICTs for People with Disabilities (PwDs). The initiative focuses on integrating and empowering PwDs into the Egyptian society through the use of ICTs, thereby developing their abilities.
    1- Support access to Information and Knowledge
    MCIT aims to provide PwDs with access to information, guaranteeing their rights to knowledge, expressing their opinions and facilitating their social and personal communications, and providing them with information concerning assistive technologies.

    § Tamkeen Portal
    MCIT seeks to provide PwDs with easy access to information, through launching its official highly accessible portal “Tamkeen” to communicate with PwDs and provide them with a tool to register at the services and grants provided by MCIT.

    § Technological Support for Inclusive Community Centers
    MCIT provides ccommunity centers in poor and remote areas and slums with necessary technological support, equipment and speaking programs.

    2. Promote Equality in Educational Opportunities
    MCIT signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education to provide technological support to the schools of the blind, intellectual education, the deaf, the hearing impaired and the integration nationwide. A total of 6,000 teachers were trained to use assistive technologies to improve the learning process for students with disabilities, including certifying the first batch of 60 sign language teachers to use the electronic dictionary. All centers of people with special needs have been equipped within Egyptian public universities.

    3. Provide Better Job Opportunities
    To guarantee the right of PwDs to receive equal employment opportunities commensurate with their educational qualifications, MCIT provides the following:

    § International Computer Driving License for PwDs

    The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) for PwDs project aims to support and raise the capabilities of PwDs to obtain the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) in order to keep up with the evolution of the labor market. ICDL is granted through many accredited training and testing centers, qualified to train PwDs through assistive technology.

    § Training for Better Employment Opportunities

    Through this grant, PwDs is specially trained on specific skills such as telemarketing, data entry and administrative work, identified by the ICT companies, which select some trainees to fill certain positions.

    4.Provide Better Services and Enhance Services’ Accessibility

    MCIT is seeking to take appropriate measures to facilitate access to services for PwDs. The Ministry is establishing telemedicine centers where health services are on the top of priorities for PwDs.

    5.Promote ICT Research, Development and Innovation to Empower PwDs
    Since ICT is one of the assistive tools for empowering PwDs, and since Egypt has highly qualified and professional human resources in the field of software development, MCIT seeks to promote ICT research, development and innovation to empower PwDs.

    § Tamkeen Competition

    MCIT launched Tamkeen Competition in 2012 for the development of software and mobile applications to enable PwDs. The Ministry is incubating the winning projects, where the competition resulted in many applications:
    1- Mobile application which reads the Egyptian currency for people with visual disabilities
    2- A chrome browser that allows persons with hearing disabilities to translate selected Arabic text while browsing the Internet into a sign language video.
    3- An application which helps people with hearing disabilities to recognize speech in their surroundings by converting audio to text.
    4- An application which controls the wheelchair through sound.
    5- An application to train autistic patients on imitation skills.
    6- A mobile application which allows the use of ATMs for the deaf through sign language
    7- An android application “What’s Up Sign” supported by assistance tools that translate dialogue into sign language videos.
    8- Learning computer and the Internet basics package for persons with visual impairment.
    9- “Mobile Ramp”, a mobile application that aims to list and receive requests to the ramps of Egyptian streets to facilitate the mobility of persons with wheelchairs using maps.

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