sighted individuals take the use of computers for granted. With
new "select and click" interfaces being developed for
most modern applications, it becomes increasingly difficult for
the visually impaired to use the computers. One major access technology
that has been developed to help address the emerging divide between
the sighted and the visually impaired is the screen read and synthesizing
technologies. With these in place visually impaired people can use
the computer to access all sorts of information including the Internet
by using standard keyboard shortcuts, .
has the highest incidence of preventable blindness. It is estimated
that 1% of all Africans suffer from one form of visual impairment
or the other. Many governments and not-for-profit organizations
in the region are working to reduce the occurrence of preventable
blindness. However, there exists many who have already suffered
irreversible blindness. Many of these people had previously active
and successful professional lives buy are now confined to their
homes as dependents of their families. Society has a lot to gain
if we restore the contribution of these people. It is these together
with aspiring professionals, whether born blind or not, who ITAC
strives to serve.
ITAC Consulting are working with our partners
to help integrate the visually impaired into society.