Connect: IMPACT EdTech Winner, Key2enable, Unlocking Learning Opportunities For Kids With Disabilities
There’s no doubt that moving education to the screen was a challenge, but if online learning was difficult for the average child, imagine how difficult it was for children with disabilities. There are nearly 7 million students with disabilities in the United States, and a study revealed that Americans with disabilities express lower levels of comfort with using technology, which has made it even more difficult for them to try get a fair chance at learning today.
States determine which students are eligible for special education services, which has led to inconsistencies in how schools identify children with disabilities, only exacerbating disparities for these children in education. In the last round of Connect, a pitch competition organized by IMPACT EdTech, in partnership with European Schoolnet, ISDI Accelerator and FundingBox, the winner was a company that seeks to provide solutions to this prevailing problem and help students with disabilities to have the same opportunities. for learning.
Each partner who helped organize the Connect: IMPACT EdTech event has an interest in promoting education for the betterment of society. European Schoolnet, based in Brussels, is a network of 33 European education ministries. The nonprofit organization helps students achieve this by helping schools make effective use of educational technology. ISDI is an accelerator of the ISDI Digital Business School in Spain, which channels the entrepreneurial efforts of its students towards the European startup ecosystem by facilitating collaboration between public entities, corporations, educational entities, investors and founders . Finally, FundingBox is the largest Deep Tech funding ecosystem in Europe with more than 470 accelerated startups and 80 million euros under management.
Brazilian-American startup Key2enable is the company that took home the gold. Present in the UAE, the UK, Chile and the US, Key2enable is building a new way to teach children with motor, intellectual and physical disabilities with assistive technology they developed in-house. Let’s take a closer look at this company and how they are helping to evolve educational institutions to offer higher education to students with disabilities.
Unlocking learning for students with disabilities
Key2enable is the first and only assistive technology company to offer a holistic AZ solution for people with disabilities. Their solution applies across the spectrum of disabilities and can be used by non-disabled people as well, so everyone can be unlimited. A cohesive compilation of robust hardware variants combined with 360-degree customizable software delivers an educational experience that addresses over 80% of all disabilities.
Started by a man with cerebral palsy who still graduated college with a degree in computer science, he sought to share the solutions he devised to his learning obstacles. His experience and hard-earned degree prompted him to devise a broader, long-term way for students with disabilities to learn. Henceforth, Key2enable was born.
Since then, the company has developed an essential set of assistive technology that helps children with disabilities who cannot use computers and mobile devices due to mobility limitations. Using cutting-edge technology, their patented solution also helps those with a lack of fine motor coordination by using cognitive stimulation to provide a holistic solution for educational purposes.
A device that redefines disability
The company’s leading device that helps redress disparities for students with disabilities is its innovative resource, . This device replaces the traditional keyboard and mouse with an electronic panel with 11 touch keys, which allow the user to enter characters and computer commands. The strategic positioning of the keys facilitates and enables operations with the feet or with the blink of an eye.
The keyboard’s colorful buttons and symbols are also based on pedagogical research and developed by specialists who made them accessible and attractive. The design helps to give autonomy to people with motor limitations, helping them to control a computer. In addition, Key-X is compatible with most adaptive switches already on the market, working directly on any computer, tablet or smartphone running Windows, Mac iOS, Android or Linux operating systems.
The Key2enable team has also partnered with Simplix Software, which is a company that offers innovative accessories such as glasses that can read by blinking, and a mechanical balloon or pad that help read the movements of people in a wide variety of ways. of motor functions. . Together with the Key-X, an amazing digital accessibility platform is created, increasing the motor and cognitive development capabilities of students and patients with physical and intellectual needs.
By eliminating the need for any specific software, Key2enable’s assistive technology gives people with disabilities the full use of computers in a practical, innovative and inclusive way.
Changing the way the world is educated
Disabilities in children should not be a determinant of their education and, by extension, their future. Every child deserves the right to learn, and Key2enable is a company that is helping to make that happen.
They have already seen success worldwide through a string of notable awards: from Singularity University and BerkeleyHaas in the US, to Kryptolabs and GITEX in the UAE, their array of alliances and partnerships show that this company is paving the way for a more inclusive education.
Watch out for this company as it advances the process of using assistive technologies so that children with disabilities can have a more independent and financially sustainable future.