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Innovators Asked to Prioritize PWDs in New Technologies :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Innovators Asked to Prioritize PWDs in New Technologies

Yona Wasswa, the Chairperson of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, said that the current innovations in the market are neither accessible nor affordable for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

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People with disabilities have asked innovators not to exclude them from the development of new technologies.

They said that most innovators have not taken into account the needs of persons with disabilities while trying to find solutions to challenges that affect people like mobile apps that are not accessible by the blind.

Ketty Ayero, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for NUDIPU, said that it is important for all innovators, not just government agencies, to ensure that their innovations are inclusive of persons with disabilities.

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Yona Wasswa, the Chairperson of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, also highlighted that the current innovations in the market are neither accessible nor affordable for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

He further added that the available technologies don't cater to the needs of people with hearing or visual impairments.

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The PWDs also expressed concern about the government’s failure to implement the approved policies and laws, particularly related to the Building Control Act of 2013 and the provision of sign language interpreters.

Wasswa claimed that financial institutions have intentionally ignored implementing technologies that could help persons who want to access financial services.

Ayero commended the government for implementing policies and laws that prioritize the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs). However, she also urged private innovators to create innovative solutions that cater to the needs of all individuals, including PWDs, leaving no one behind.

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Emmy Turyabagyenyi, the representative of Persons with Disabilities at Rukungiri Municipality accused physical planners in local governments of allowing construction of new buildings without rams.

The Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, Betty Among, says that the President instructed her Ministry to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and local innovators to reduce the prices of devices.

She said that currently, some of the devices cost 600,000 and 2.6 million Shillings, which can't be afforded by PWDs.

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