Re: Beginning basic programming with Python and nvda

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Hi Joseph
No, I wasn't arguing that a blind person cannot take a visual course.
What I was arguing is, some of these correspondents courses listed
there do seem very visual, and to be honest, if it does have graphs,
statistics and so on, then I am not too sure how a blind person can
take such courses in that sort of way, especially, for subjects like
that, you then need textbooks in all sorts of formats and help, and
I'm sure these web courses do not provide that?
Take maths for example, unfortunately I can't think of any online
maths courses that sighted students are taking that are accessible. As
far as I'm aware, I once tried a maths course as a MOOC, and,
obviously, sadly it was a non-starter from the word go.
Surely, also many of these data visualisation courses, I am trying to
wrap my head around the idea of how a person could do them as Mooc at
all. You would obviously have to have taken many other courses at an
actual college and thn sort of work the moocs into them, but starting
and trying just from the beginning with mooc, is that really doable?
It would be great if it somehow actually is. I know too little on that
subject to comment.
It would actually be a very interesting point to know if blind people
have had any success engaging with a mooc instructor of some hard
subjects like that and have got much accommodation, which platform and
instructor did this, if any.

On 9/27/22, Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...> wrote:

Having taken courses that are heavily visual (and I know some of us did the
same), I can say that it is possible for a blind person to take visual
courses although accommodations are still required. More importantly, you
need to know the instructor well as what can make a difference is how
instructors talk about concepts and steps such as graphs, visualizations,
statistics, and so on. I do encourage students to give computer programming
a try and learn more than just programming - after all, what programming
will teach you is how to organize your thoughts more clearly.

As somewhat of a tangent or rather related to this forum: do not learn
Python simply to write NVDA add-ons or think contributing to NVDA with your
Python knowledge is all there is to it. I want some of us to get away from
that mindset, otherwise our NVDA code contribution journey will be
difficult. Learning Python opens up many possibilities, as well as teach you
quite a few life lessons such as critical thinking.

Good luck.



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