| ||Ask HN: Resources for blind developers and sysadmins?|
197 points by PakG1 on Nov 24, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 44 comments |
|Two weeks ago, I woke up one morning with slightly blurry vision and a big, opaque, dark circle getting in the way of many things (especially if I close my right eye). Visited the doctor and I'm told that I have macular degeneration in my right eye and a retina problem in my left eye. It's surprising because I'm not yet 40. Doctor said I won't go blind and prescribed me some medicine for an initial treatment. I'm now looking into treatment options and researching this. I am supposed to go back to the doctor soon for a checkup. The dark circle has never left me; in fact, it's now been joined by a transparent, shimmering circle.|
I'm not worried about going blind based on the doctor's opinion, but I am concerned that I will have to deal with long-term vision issues. Currently, I cannot read the text on my screen if I close my right eye, as the dark circle gets in the way of everything.
It left me with an interesting question. I'd read about blind people working as developers and sysadmins before. But I never really thought about it, because my vision was so good. I'm curious now, depending on how bad my eyes get, how would I transition so that I'd be able to continue my chosen profession? Are there blind developers and sysadmins here who can toss a few resources my way?
Much appreciated to the HN community in advance, thanks. I'm currently based in Asia, so about to sleep soon, hopefully I'll wake up with a big load of comments to read. ;)
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