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RWANDA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACCESS (RATA)

There was a time when Rene William Ngabo could not hear well due to an illness called Otitis media. When He was called for an interview to be a volunteer, an opportunity He says He wanted to grab, He made sure He is well prepared.

There were 4 interviewers from which He managed to hear only two. He could not manage to hear the other two. Those two were looking frustrated by the situation of William and He left feeling that He has lost the opportunity.

After getting well, Rene William Ngabo developed in himself compassion for vulnerable people especially persons with disabilities. He knew that they are able to do a lot of things but don’t have a way to express themselves.

While doing his masters in Information Technology, the intention of his research thesis was to find a way of helping persons with disabilities using technology.

 He therefore decided to conduct his research at National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda (NUDOR)from October 2017 up to March 2018.

 While doing his research and internship at NUDOR, He met Jean Bosco Mugiraneza , a visually impaired and a  graduate teacher who works there and uses some of the assistive technologies in his daily life.

William asked Jean Bosco to join him in founding a local non governmental organization called Rwanda Assistive Technology Access (RATA) with mission of ensuring accessible ICTs(Assistive technologies) for people with disabilities mainly in schools and expanding access to these technologies.

RATA was founded on 04th January 2018 and has its headquarters in Remera Sector, Gasabo District.

It was respectively recognized and recommended by Rwanda Education Board (REB) on 23th May 2018 and by the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) on 5th June 2018.

On 23th July 2018, RATA got an operational certificate from Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), N0 422/RGB/NGO/OC/07/2018.

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