Smartphones can help sight and hearing impaired – ICT Roadshow workshop

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A section of the crowd gathered

People living with hearing and visual impairments participated in a workshop this morning on how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can improve their quality of life.

This was one of several workshops held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC) at Liliendaal as part of a Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) ICT Roadshow. The event is set to last a week, with workshops at Annai, Rupununi on Wednesday and the Nand Persaud Conference Centre, Corentyne Berbice on Saturday. The roadshow is aimed at informing Guyanese of the role technology can play in improving the connectivity and productivity of their lives.

According to CTU Consultant Trevor Prevatt, the workshop this morning was to “demonstrate to people with disabilities, what ICT is, what the various applications, the iPhones, the Android phones, what they can do to make their lives easier and others with assistive devices that they can use to…enhance their lives and make them a fuller part of society.”

There was also an e-agriculture forum which was geared at sensitising citizens on how information technology can be used in the agriculture sector to improve efficiency.

Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), International Telecommunications Union Programme Officer, Sylvester Cadette noted that e-agriculture plays “a role in ensuring that farmers and all key stakeholders are able to interact and are able to develop the sector in ways that will be of benefit to the general populace.”

Ministerial Adviser, Lance Hinds stated that government services would be able to function more effectively as data would become available electronically. Hinds said that the workshops will showcase the work stakeholders have been doing, noting that this will pave the way for discussions on “the strategies to implement in order to have an electronic government.”

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