Uber the taxi hailing app has come with a ground breaking innovation which will see the deaf and hard of hearing earn an income as drivers. The innovation is a first in Africa. This follows collaboration between Uber and the Kenya National Association of the Deaf (KNAD). The partnership helped the guys at Uber better understand the challenges that deaf and hard of hearing people overcome every day, as a result new features on the Uber app were designed to make it easier for them to become partner drivers and earn an income.

It is estimated that up to 4 million Kenyans are deaf or hard of hearing. Sadly many of them are economically disadvantaged with almost two thirds currently unemployed, this innovation is a godsend in that it will enable them better provide for their families.