During the first conference of "ICTs for People with Disabilities" in 2012, two agreements of joint cooperation were signed.
§ Agreement 1: Misr El Kheir Foundation:
The three- year agreement seeks the development of some training centers dealing with people with disabilities on the technological level through providing the needed computer devices, high-speed internet connection, providing centers with special ICT programs and applications for the physically, hearing, visually and intellectually disabled.
The agreement also supports the training of doctors in rural areas through university communication network and providing ICT training programs (basic and advanced).
Moreover, providing technology homes in disadvantaged areas remote from schools, and offering community education by providing education for all is one of the means agreed upon to ensure the development of people with disabilities
§ Agreement 2: Wayana International:
Foundation for Integration and Awareness:
According to this three-year agreement, MCIT provides technology homes equipped to be used by Wayana Foundation through direct agreement of the Foundation and managers of these technology homes, trainers, employees and volunteers.
Technology homes, employees in IT homes, People with Disabilities and the whole society are to benefit from such an agreement leading to socio-economic development.
MCIT helps in providing specialized training programs in cooperation with Egyptian ICT Trust Fund, local technology and multinationals, within the context of their social responsibilities towards the citizens.
This includes providing appropriate programs for the hearing, speech and visual impaired to raise their skills, including the program of signal dictionary to people with hearing disabilities and an audio program to read the writings (Screen Reader) for people with visual disabilities.
§ Cooperation Protocol: National Council for Disabilities Affair:
A cooperation protocol was also signed to improve the work system efficiency within the Council by creating an accurate and comprehensive database to list people with disabilities data and create a network for information and services exchange between the Council head office and its branches in the governorates.
the protocol is to support decision makers by providing statistical reports and data mining tools to serve researchers and decision makers, thus facilitating access for people with disabilities to various government services.
This 3-year-protocol comes with a total cost of 7.5 million pounds, in the framework of activating MCIT strategy and supporting the great role played by the National Council for Disabilities Affairs in providing multiple services needed by people with special needs.
§ Cooperation Protocol Serving Fayoum Disabled Persons:
A cooperation protocol was signed in 2013 to support two remote medical units and provide them with internet access and medical equipment serving people with disabilities in Fayoum. This came in line with MCIT strategy to support, empower and help people with disabilities; and obtain facile community services using IT tools.
Fayoum was the first governorate selected as a pilot project to be generalized nationwide in the future. The protocol aims to provide citizens with access to decent treatment without having to bear the brunt of travel from their governorates to Cairo to receive a good medical service.
§ MCIT Supports PWD School Development Initiative:
Through the Technological Development of Inclusive Schools program, MCIT supported the initiative launched in December 2013 to develop 1000 schools for disabilities across the nation, thus empowering schools. The initiative provides specialized equipment and software and relevant IT training for teachers, thereby allowing the crossing into the world of technology.
The initiative starts by supporting a number of 500 schools for people with mental disabilities, 199 schools for the deaf and hearing impaired, and 301 integrated educational schools for the integration of students with mild disabilities in general education schools.
§ Development of Centers for Disability Services at Egyptian Universities:
MCIT supported access to higher education for people with disabilities through the development of specialized centers at all state-run universities. In 2013, efforts in this regard included the provision of specialized equipment and software to 23 centers for disability services in most governorates.
§ ICDL4PwDs Grant:
MCIT established the ICDL4PwDs Grant to fund disabled access modification for centers providing training and testing under the Egyptian International Computer Driving License program.
In 2013, the Grant, which witnessed the graduation of 78 beneficiaries, was available in ICDL centers in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Ismailia, Assuit, Elwady Elgedeed and Marsa Matrouh.
§ Employability Enhancement Program:
MCIT and the Chamber of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) are cooperating on a program to integrate people with disabilities in the workforce.
In the pilot phase, MCIT is to provide 400 people with disabilities with training in specific skills required by ICT companies including data entry, telemarketing and IT-related administrative work. The chamber will seek to match 150 trainees with appropriate job opportunities at ICT companies. In support of these efforts, Misr El Kheir Foundation will partially support the salaries of selected candidates during their first year of employment.
In 2013, a number of 55 people with visual disability were trained on telemarketing, of which 45 were hired in ICT companies.
§ Inauguration of two technology homes in both El-Arish and New Valley governorates. The technology homes are technically qualified and equipped to integrate PWDs
§ A hot line project is being completed to serve people with special needs
§ Post offices and Centrals are also being equipped to accommodate this group of the society
§ IT applications were provided targeting people with various disabilities like sound programs for the visually disabled and visual applications for the hearing disabled.