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Windows 7: Any blind computer programmers on the forum?

15 Nov 2011   #1
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Any blind computer programmers on the forum?

I'm currently taking some classes at my local community college and I was wondering if there was any blind computer programmers on this site. I'm trying to collect as much as information as I can that will get a blind computer programmer through college. I'd like to know information like work environment
and what you used to get through college as far as taking classes that involve with computer programming. feedback would be great. Thanks!
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16 Nov 2011   #2
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

I'm curious about this. Because the mere fact that a legally blind or a totally blind person can do computer programming amazes me. If there are indeed people out there that are like this, I'm proud of you
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16 Nov 2011   #3
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
I'm curious about this. Because the mere fact that a legally blind or a totally blind person can do computer programming amazes me. If there are indeed people out there that are like this, I'm proud of you


Well done. That is some feat, and not one that many people would be persistent enough to go through.
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16 Nov 2011   #4
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I'm trying to narrow down which type of computer programming titles a blind person can do. It's obvious that a blind person can not work with anything that has to do with graphics so that shouldn't be in the list.
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16 Nov 2011   #5
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

SubbinBlazer,

If a blind person can create a masterpiece on canvass why can't a blind person become a programmer?
Can't is not an option.
Hang in there and we will find something for you.
THW
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16 Nov 2011   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

While GUI based apps may be more difficult, there is a TON of embedded software work. The programming and testing of that kind of software frequently boils down to command line interfaces and text based "printf" debugging. THe other debuggoing IO is frequently one or more LEDS which would possibly require audio output instead.

It's amazing the amount of stuff that you could get done with nothing more than a console interface for total interaction with your work.
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16 Nov 2011   #7
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Here's a starting point for you to research.
https://www.google.com/search?source...790l0.8.3l11l0

Keep us posted as to what you find.
THW
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16 Nov 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Interesting information here from a visually impaired person who uses a speech synthesizer called JAWS that reads the text on the screen.

workflow - How can you program if you're blind? - Stack Overflow
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16 Nov 2011   #9
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the info guys, I am totally blind and use Jaws 12 screen reader. I'm new to all this stuff. I have about 10 months using this screen reader. I just enrolled into college in mid August 2011 and have been thinking of what career I will get into. Technology was always my thing even though i don't know much of it, but there is always a start for everyone so i'm looking into this field to see if it's really what i want to do. Thanks again.
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16 Nov 2011   #10
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I am an Information Systems major who has been required to take several programming classes. While far from an expert, my first thought would be that some sort of web-based programming might be a good fit. I have talked to several people (who actually know what they are doing when it comes to programming) who claim that it's easier to write web code in notepad than it is by using an Integrated Development Environment. If all you needed was a text editor and the knowledge to actually write the code, a visually impaired person who was a good touch-typist would not be at any real disadvantage.

I believe that lots of professional websites have specialists who handle the design elements. They collaborate with others who are the actual code experts. It seems to me that the latter specialization might be an area worth checking out.
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