Blind Developer in a Sighted Team

Blind Developer in a Sighted Team

Stories from the Trenches: What I’ve learned from Working as a Blind Developer for a Sighted Dev Team

Introduction

Before I can claim any familiarity with the material I am about to present, both myself and the topic at hand need to be introduced. This will set the stage for the later portions of the article.

I am a Dutch developer, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in IT. During my time as a student, as well as after graduating, I have worked for various companies as a back-end web developer who is slowly but surely also migrating to more and more front-end work, the technological landscape being what it is. I have worked with a variety of technologies, from C# to Python and from Rails to JavaScript.
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Blind Woman Developing Tech

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research – photo © BBC

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others!

original article on bbc.co.uk  by By Virginia Harrison

An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired.

“When I started out there was no assistive technology,” Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says.”I couldn’t read any information by myself. I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.”

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Latest News: RNIB Product Grant!

RNIB Product Grant - Orbit Reader 20 & Air 2

Orbit Reader 20 now available in addition to the Apple iPad Air 2

RNIB and VICTA are working together to support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted to study with greater independence using technology.

If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Apple iPad Air 2 (32GB) with case and/or an Orbit Reader 20.

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New Tech for Glaucoma Treatment

Innovative Tech for Glaucoma Treatment
 Note: posting for info only, it’ll likely be a few years before there is significant availability in the UK.
 Original post from www.purdue.edu

Purdue’s giant leap toward personalized medicine helps eyes drain themselves for glaucoma patients

Innovative Tech for Glaucoma Treatment

The Purdue University glaucoma drainage device is built with microactuators that vibrate when a magnetic field is introduced.  Purdue University researchers have invented a new smart drainage device to help patients with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the world, as they try to save their eyesight.

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