>
> Greetings All,
>
> This is a polite reminder to the call, and please feel free to share
> within your networks.
>
>
> Introduction
>
> KICTANET is currently seeking applications for independent researchers to
> audit the accessibility of public service websites in Kenya for Persons
> with Disabilities (PWDs). This research project is part of KICTANET’s
> Digital Access Program that seeks to promote the accessibility of digital
> technologies and platforms for Persons with Disability. The researcher will
> work closely with Accessibility fellows throughout the research project.
>
>
> Background
>
> According to the 2019 Kenya National Census, about 1 million Kenyans have
> some form of disability. Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have a right to
> social justice and equality but can also make immense contributions to
> society if given the proper assistive tools.
>
> However, this is different. The challenges PWDs face in accessing
> information and services in the digital space became more pronounced during
> the COVID-19 Pandemic when multiple essential services from the government
> and the private sector were moved online for continuity. Information and
> services remained inaccessible to people with disabilities, especially
> those with visual, hearing, intellectual and physical disabilities. What
> seemed to be an effective response to the COVID-19 Pandemic had a
> completely opposite impact on Persons with disabilities.
>
> It is against this backdrop, KICTANET is conducting research on the
> ‘Accessibility of the government of Kenya websites for persons with
> disability.’ This initial research will focus on visual, hearing, and
> cognitive disabilities.
>
>
> Application process;
>
> Eligibility:
>
> The potential researcher must have experience in at least one of the
> following fields: public policy, governance, and human rights
>
> Must be proficient in both written and spoken English
>
> Must be Kenyan, living in Kenya at the time of the application and
> research process
>
> Academic qualification; web developer with proven skills in accessibility
> (please share links to accessible websites that you have worked on)
>
> Active membership to the KICTANet mailing list is a plus, but not a must.
>
> The application must include the following;
>
> Feasibility of the research in terms of timeline, etc
>
> List of tools to be used and collaborators, if any
>
> Links to any research that one has done or participated in
>
> At least two references
>
>
>
*Application Deadline (One more day to Go! ) 25th January 2023,11:59 pm EAT*
>
>
> Send your proposal to jokite(at)kictanet.or.ke with the subject:
> ‘Accessibility research proposal.’ In case of any questions regarding this
> call, please send them to the same address.
>
> Only qualified applicants will be invited for interviews.
>
> Kind regards,
>
>

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