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									ITU Workshop on Accessibility/Atelier UIT sur l’accessibilité
          Bamako, Mali 13 – 15 October 2009




 Teaching Programming to the Blind

                          Professor Arun Mehta
                            President, BAPSI
                         arun.mehta@gmail.com


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  Bamako, Mali, 13 – 15 October 2009
                                     Why?


    Programming is an excellent
    profession for the disabled: pays
    well, can be done via the Net
    Software that works for the blind
    also allows the illiterate to use the
    computer, including via the phone
    Secures the lifecycle of software
    products for the disabled
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                     Software Life-Cycle


    Identification of problem, solution
    design, coding, testing, maintenance
    In all of these aspects, except the
    coding, we like to involve the blind
    Why not in coding?
    A person whose life is improved by
    some software has lifetime
    commitment to it
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Examples of Great Blind Programmers


     Chris Hofstader, wrote the screen
     reader Jaws:”The greatest thing for
     me was the freedom to invent my
     future. I was building technology
     that the next day I could use myself”
     T.V. Raman wrote emacspeak, which
     leveraged emacs to make all
     computer functions accessible
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                                     Resources


    http://www.blindprogramming.com/
    bp-projects at freelists.org: Where
    members and friends of the Blind
    Programming list can discuss any
    programming-related projects they
    choose to collaborate together on
    http://www.panix.com/~kestrell/math.html
    seeks to make maths accessible to
    blind people
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                                 Our Efforts


    I volunteered for two years at the National
    Association for the Blind, to teach
    programming in Visual Basic 6
    My students were the only blind
    programmers on the Obi project (open
    source Daisy authoring software)
    Starting a web programming workshop
    with some blind people in Sri Lanka


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