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Yes, People Who Are Blind Can Be Software Engineers

July 17, 2023

UC Irvine’s Accessibility Research Collective works to shatter assumptions and empower people with disabilities.

While conducting research into meeting accessibility for software engineers who are blind or low vision, the first problem Yoonha Cha encountered was a lack of awareness. “I’ve talked to sighted software developers, and they’ve said, ‘I’m sorry, but software development is just something a blind person cannot do,’” says Cha, a Ph.D. student studying informatics at UC Irvine. (Watch developer Saqib Sheikh prove otherwise in this conference presentation.)

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