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Resource center for students with disabilities inaugurated

The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office of the Addis Ababa University inaugurated a Resource Center for Students with Disabilities in a ceremony held at Nelson Mandela Building of 6 kilo main campus on March 30, 2016.

The center is furnished with 40 computers along with their stands and seats for students at an estimated cost of 1 million birr funded by the African AIDS Initiative International.

Speaking on the ceremony, President of the AAU, Admasu Tsegaye (PhD.) stated that with 400 disabled students Addis Ababa University has the largest number of disabled students among East African Universities. He pointed out that the university is working hard to improve conditions for this group of students further explaining that the establishment of the center facilitates access to relevant information.

W/roEleni Gebreamlak, President of African AIDS Initiatives International (AAII), noted that although the benefits of technology may be even greater for people with disabilities than for those without disabilities, individuals with disabilities are less likely to own a computer or to use the Internet. She went on to state that AAII has contributed a lot towards equipping female and disabled students of the AAU with relevant resources and that it will continue to do so.

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Computer access has the potential to help people with disabilities complete coursework independently and lead self-determined lives. The introduction of assistive technology such as speech recognition software or the use of sticky keys empowers disabled students to embark on advanced education courses as they are provided with the essential tools that support their learning needs.