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Centre For Infrastructural and Technological Advancement For The Blind

 

CITAB sets for itself the tasks of promoting inclusiveness and empowerment of the blind through provision of access to technology and infrastructure. We are also committed to using any available lawful means to orientate the general public on the benefits of an inclusive society by proffering novel suggestions and ideas. The decision to embark on this journey was taken in 2018 in view of the need to comprehensively respond to the social segregation hampering all facets of the lives of visually impaired persons in Nigeria.

Visually Impaired Man using a device

OUR MISSION

CITAB’S mission is to advocate for an inclusive society through the development of infrastructures and the use and promotion of technology and its features for persons living with visual impairment in Nigeria.

OUR VISION

Citab’s vision is to achieve total technological and infrastructural inclusion in the lives of the blind and visually impaired persons in Nigeria.

WHY WE NEED ACCESSIBLE INFRASTRUCTURES IN NIGERIA

AUTHORITIES SHOULD COME TO OUR RESCUE

In order to meet the needs of all sidewalk, bridges, street crossing and pavements users, the federal, state and local government in Nigeria must have a clear understanding of the wide range of abilities that occur within the population.

Infrastructures, like roadways, should be designed to serve all users. This includes children, older people, parents with strollers, pedestrians who have vision impairments, and people using wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Just as a road-way will not be designed for one type of vehicle, the design of infrastructures should not be limited to only a single type of pedestrian user. Because the infrastructure is the basic unit of mobility within our overall system of transportation, every route and facility must be usable.

Pedestrian facility design and operation must comply with the accessibility standards in the Nigerian DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PROHIBITION) ACT,_2018.

Join the movement for the fight against exclusion and none participation of blind and visually impaired persons

We look forward to working with you to help improve the current state of the blind community in Nigeria.

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Project

CITAB would organize and also partner with other mainstream organisations including Civil Society Organisations (CSO), government Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA), corporate bodies, religious institutions and well-meaning individuals on different projects to improve the inclusion of persons living with disabilities as a whole in Nigeria

You can contact us to partner in any of the listed projects or if you wish to include blind persons on your own project.

Benefits of assistive technology

Thanks to modern technology, people with vision loss can do numerous things such as write documents, browse the internet and send and receive emails. Screen Reading software and special talking and Braille devices allow those of us with no vision to use computers, cell phones and other electronic devices independently. Similarly, people with low vision can use screen magnification software and devices that will allow them to see letters, pictures and other objects without having to struggle or strain their remaining vision. This technology – commonly known as assistive or adaptive technology – is continually evolving, and has removed many access barriers for people with vision loss.

Besides allowing us to carry out routine tasks at work and school, assistive technology also enables people with visual impairments to be more independent at home. We can now read the mail, listen to audio books, get step-by-step walking directions to unfamiliar places, record important information and so much more with special standalone devices designed for people with no or low vision. There are also devices like talking watches, thermometers, scales, blood glucose and blood pressure monitors that help us live independent and healthy lives.

People with low vision can also benefit from devices that magnify or enlarge objects. This equipment can help them take notes, read small print on electronic devices and watch TV. In other words, simple tasks that might have previously required the assistance of a sighted person can easily be done completely independently by people with some or no vision.

Cell phones and tablets have revolutionized the way people who are blind or visually impaired interact and use technology. Screen reading and magnifying software – like that used in computers – allows us to use these devices independently. However, the unique aspect about cell phones and tablets is that they can serve many of the purposes for which standalone devices and software were previously developed thanks to apps.