Accessibility for Government of Kenya websites for Person’s with Disabilities
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.
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.
Against this backdrop, KICTANET is researching the ‘Accessibility of the government of Kenya websites for persons with disability.’ This initial research will focus on visual, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.
- 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 is 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.