Inclusive Technology for All
Developmental disabilities affects many young people, impairing their experience in the classroom and hindering many aspects of their life. Increasingly; there is more focus on managing developmental disabilities through timely diagnosis and early and consistent interventions.
The Inclusive Technology for All (IT4All) is one of such interventions, developed and implemented by W.TEC in conjunction with the Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC) in Surulere – Lagos. The programme is an ICT inclusion scheme tailored for young people with developmental disabilities and special needs, such as Autism and Down’s syndrome. It helps integrate technology into the students’ regular activities in order to enable them function better socially and more independently.
Gaps mentioned above are one of the major objectives the IT4All intends to cover. Due to the fact that countries like Nigeria don’t have any reasonable data to address these issues, the programme will focus on driving inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in learning about, learning with and using digital technologies and applying these skills and knowledge to different facets of their lives.
Three classes of students participate in the program at the CDC in Surulere – Lagos:
- Pre-School: Children ages 3 – 8 years
- School: Children ages 9 – 16 years
- Adolescent: Adolescents 18 years and above
Mode of Operation
Once a week the 3 classes of participants are taught separately through an engaging curriculum, which includes: Computing Fundamentals and Robotics.
The 2 main modules are designed to build both their computing and creative skills.
Evaluation of the first year of the programme indicates an improvement of students in recognizing what a computer does. The use of digital tools has also enhanced their learning in other aspects. Upon this improvement we shall be building upon to have them improve to using the computer better.
The Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC) is a service-oriented, not-for-profit organization, dedicated in providing a broad range of educational and support services for children, young people and their families within the community. The centre is developing a local solution to a global problem and is a place where children and young people with developmental disabilities have a “Sense of Belonging”.
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders. Our programmes include Science, Technology and Design-themed bootcamps and afterschool clubs for girls and other under-represented youth. Over the last year, our work has expanded to explore how technology can improve learning outcomes and better integrate students with developmental disabilities and special needs, such as Autism and Down’s syndrome.
The 2-year-old program has been featured in the news in recent times
W.TEC write up: https://wtec.org.ng/cdc-w-tec-organise-developmental-disabilities-showcase/
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Dr. Olayinka Akindayomi
Service Director, Children’s Development Centre
+234 802 317 6525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Ebele Oputa
Head of Operations, Children’s Development Centre
+234 809 861 9020, email@example.com
Mrs. Oreoluwa Lesi
Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
+234 813 339 9999, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Yemi Odutola
Communications Officer, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
+234 809 698 7541, email@example.com