Tech Era in partnership with Dextra, a Canadian social enterprise and engineering company are set to officially launch Africa’s first ever assistive technology Makerspace at the British Council in Accra.
The event which will take place on the 9th August, 2019 at 3:00pm is aimed at developing affordable assistive technology and learning materials that can be scaled and mass produced to cater for the educational and support needs of persons living with disabilities.
During this event, an application that allows students who are visually impaired to have access to electronic past questions with real time review and voice assistance which is also responsive to voice of learners will be showcased.
According to Derick Omari, Executive Director of Tech Era, visually impaired students in high schools do not have access to past questions and as such his outfit seeks to change that trend with their new solution which will be deployed in all inclusive schools.
“We will also be showcasing very low cost 3D prosthetic hand that cost about $20-$40 instead of $3000-$5000, 3D graph sheet to aid visually impaired and individuals with low vision to plot graphs, rain sensor wheelchairs among many other assistive technologies we have developed locally, ” he said.
The initiative aimed at developing the capacities and competencies of college students is a collaboration between Tech Era, Dextra, Ashesi D:Lab & Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.