In 2005 AiPb began it’s ComputerVision Program to aid the blind, especially blind children. In the USA each state has programs to provide blind children with computers as needed consistent with accessibility and disability laws. However, blind children in Africa do not have the benefit of such laws and this need was observed when AiPb Co-Founder, Dr. Bath travelled to Tanzania in 2005. The campaign of one-laptop per blind child was born that moment when visited the Mwereni School for Blind Children in 2005.
We define ComputerVision as a virtual experience of vision a blind person experiences when using a computer configured with assistive technology, i.e. AT. When the computer is configured with AT the keyboard and web pages speak to the user. For example, although a blind person may not see the letter A or W on the Keyboard, when touched the computer’s audio will speak A when the A key is touched or W when the W key is touched. Likewise when the computer is used with Zoom Twix or other scanning peripherals a page in a book or magazine can be read word by word, line by line. A demonstration of ComputerVision is demonstrated here. Web pages are no longer “blank” when A blind user surfs the web. Each page is associated with a narration re the name of the page the tabs and the content within each tab. Accordingly, with ComputerVision made possible with AT a blind person is empowered to benefit from computers in the same manner as sighted individuals and read emails, send tweets, and most importantly be an integral member of our digital society. Access to computers configured with AT is especially important to children. The success of the AiPb campaign in Tanzania has been demonstrated by the MWERENI SCHOOL project launched in 2005. Photos and videos can be watched here. The success of the AiPb campaign in Kenya is demonstrated by the St. Oda School Project launched in 2008 and can be viewed here.