Volume 3

Volume 3, Number 23

August 4, 2005

11 pages953 K bytes

Teaching the Blind to Program Visually

Robert M. Siegfried
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY 11530, USA

Denis Diakoniarakis
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY 11530, USA

Uchechukwu Obianyo-Agu
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY 11530, USA

Abstract: The proliferation of graphical user interfaces has had a dramatic impact on the ability of the blind to work as programmers. It is particularly difficult for the blind to design forms for programs written in Visual Basic. A prototype scripting language is introduced that enables the blind to create Visual Basic forms without the need to specify all the detailed information that Visual Basic requires and without the “point and click” approach that the blind cannot use. The syntax for the language is described and plans for expanding the language are discussed.

Keywords: blind programmer, visually impaired, graphical user interfaces, special education

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Recommended Citation: Siegfried, Diakoniarakis, and Obianyo-Agu (2005). Teaching the Blind to Program Visually. Information Systems Education Journal, 3 (23). http://isedj.org/3/23/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2004: §3265. ISSN: 1542-7382.)