Colombia Objectives

 

Date of Arrival: Friday, October 18

 

Date of Departure: Sunday, October 27

 

Purpose of Visit: To investigate the possibility of the AIR Foundationís first tablet pilot program to be launched in Columbia

 

Program Summary: The AIR Foundation intends to put a tablet computer in the hands of every blind child in developing countries. To start, the AIR Foundation would like to launch a pilot program in the country of Colombia. With access to tablet computers blind children will be on a level playing field with sighted counterparts. A blind child should use an off the shelf tablet for maximum integration. These devices are quite inexpensive and provide blind users access to an included screen reader with human sounding text to speech as well as Braille and text magnification. When these accessibility tools are combined with specialized gestures, the blind tablet user can navigate the tablet's installed software and also software made available to tablet users via the integrated app stores or through a custom-built app designed by the AIR Foundation.

 

Goal 1: Identify Key Contacts

Objectives

Status

Identify schools serving blind students in and around Bogota

Completed

Identify nonprofit groups working with or on behalf of blind individuals

Completed

Identify government and nongovernment officials directly involved with programs for persons with disabilities

Completed

Identify government and nongovernment officials involved in primary and secondary education

Completed

Goal 2:Understand the Beneficiaries

Objectives

Status

Gather pertinent student demographic data: number, age, gender, and socioeconomic

Completed

Understand future prospects for blind students under the status quo

Completed

Meet with faculty directly involved in blind studentís classroom instruction

Completed

Goal 3: Understand the Current Educational Models

Objectives

Status

What curriculums are teachers currently following?

Completed

What technology is currently used to deliver lessons?

Completed

What are the greatest deficiencies in the current system?

Completed

What kind of policies and initiatives govern the education of persons with disabilities?

Completed

Goal 4: Logistics

Objectives

Status

Reach a consensus on a suitable name for the pilot program

Completed

Define the pool of students who will participate in the pilot program

Completed

Identify key liaisons for communication between Colombia and the AIR Foundation

Completed

Agree on a feasible timeline to plan, execute, and evaluate the pilot program

Completed

†Lay down rough parameters for a memorandum of understanding between the AIR Foundation and the host school/organization

Completed