A user story is a description of a system, from the point of view of a
user of the system. Here give the user story a person who's blind
attending a software boot camp.
For background see User Stories and
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Once upon a time …
This month on the Visually Impaired coders list Jana Schroeder
I joined this list a month or two ago because I was enrolled in a
12-week computer coding boot camp after being laid off from my
non-tech job of 16 years. I have found the people on this list to be
extremely responsive and encouraging. Most recently, I have been
following with interest the thread about coding after losing one's
sight. Although I have always been blind, some of the advice has
been relevant to me as well.
… not all was happy …
Jana had some difficulties on the coding boot camp.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to get a good enough grade at
the end of the first of three modules in the boot camp program to
progress further. The academy I attend is very supportive, but they
have not had a blind student before. They are willing to give me
another chance, but before that, we are looking to try to figure out
some different things to do next time so I can be successful.
… making the best of things …
Jana understood the problem and asked for help.
I would be interested in creating a website similar to Applevis
where info could be posted about IDE's and other coding tools that
would be categorized and given ratings regarding how accessible they
are. With permission of the posters, I would also take useful
information shared on this list and in other venues for blind coders
so they could be found by search engines and organized.
… and help was offered.
I am absolutely willing to help contribute to such a project, and I
think a zoom call with those on the list who are interested would be
a great idea. As I mentioned above, I think that ideally, we should
be thinking beyond just the problems we have as blind programmers,
and consider a larger community driven resource for other subjects.
The whole story
Every good story has characters, twists, turns and human drama. Are
you a developer of mathematics accessibility software? If so perhaps
you should read the whole story, from beginning to end.
Perhaps in this user story there's something that helps you create
better software. Software that works better for people who have a
Or perhaps you'd like to help Jana, Timothy and all the other visually
impaired coders. Take a look at the whole story. There are many ways
you could help.
The whole story is about 18 messages. You'll find links at the foot of