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Video: Blind Programming Project in NetBeans IDE

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This video demonstrates a collaboration between Southern Illinois University (under myself, Dr. Andreas Stefik) and Washington State University (under Dr. Chris Hundhausen), on what is called the "Blind Programming project." Our teams are creating a custom compiler, debugger, virtual machine, and blind compatibility library (called Sappy) into NetBeans IDE in an attempt to broaden participation of the blind in the computing discipline.

In this video, we demonstrate our most recent summer workshop at the Washington State School for the Blind, where students and teachers are learning programming in this new system, including having the children work in a new programming language called Hop, designed in empirical studies to be easy to use.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Andreas Stefik.

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Nassim Auchi replied on Tue, 2010/09/14 - 7:14pm

Hello I want to be profissional in NetBeans

Matt Coleman replied on Thu, 2012/03/15 - 2:58am

such a great program...i am inspired by the blind who can do what normal people can

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Mateo Gomez replied on Wed, 2012/08/15 - 1:51am

amazing program for these special people..keep it up

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