Blind and deaf

Recently, there were a couple of highlighted discussions on Hacker News dealing with developers who were either blind or deaf. David Peter, a comsci major at RIT, wrote a sublime essay on being deaf, hitting all the facets of humdrum life (including in the development world) that are profoundly impacted without a sense of hearing.

The insightful discussion on Hacker News reminded me of this inspiring Reddit Q&A by a blind programmer. I’ve always wondered how difficult it is for non-English speakers to learn to program considering the English-based syntax of popular languages. I can’t imagine not ever seeing what you type, or what it results in. Bravo to this programmer.

He doesn’t just talk about programming; I’ve always wondered what the sightless “see” when taking LSD.

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