Home › Forums › Are there any known blind or visually impaired hackers? Do you know any? I’m visually impaired myself and those inspire me to not give up, including blind and visually impaired software developers.
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- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362418
I’ve been dealing with vision loss. It’s unfortunate but it is what it is. I’m learning to use a screen reader as much as possible.
However, I have a passion for software and lately I’ve wanted to get more into hacking and IT security. Both for fun as a hobby but it could probably help my career and overall IT skills as well.
I wonder, do you know of any blind/visually impaired hackers or IT security pros? There are lots of blind software devs who inspire me at least to not give up. But I wonder if being a “hacker” or IT security pro is possible with blindness. I guess it is since terminals and code is text based, which the screen readers can read ofcourse.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362419
I don’t know, but here’s a blind programmer who sets his screen reader to 450 words per minute: https://www.vincit.fi/fi/software-development-450-words-per-minute/
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362420
Depends on your definition of hacker, but this guy is an elite hacker in my book. Larry Wos
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362421
@theblindhacker. Great guy. Close friend. Sweetheart of a person.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362422
There was a blind kid in my compsci degree who listened to screen readers at about 10000 wpm it was some Matrix shit
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362423
Thank you all for the feedback, likes, comments and support! It really means a lot! I will keep checking this post and reply as much as I can. ❤
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362424
You might enjoy reading up on Joybubbles, the original phone phreak who’s ability to hack phones by whistling apparently inspired Captain Crunch, Steve Jobs and The Woz to build “blue boxes”.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362425
https://youtu.be/KOeWU62Ts4Y here watch this interview with a blind hacker
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362426
My boss. He has a pretty interesting three monitor setup to make it easier for him to see. If people are interested I can ask him for permission to take a picture of the setup.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362427
[https://twitter.com/TheBlindHacker](https://twitter.com/TheBlindHacker) <— Yeah this dude, He is a super nice guy He helps run the Dead Pixel Sec discord anyways check him out!
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362428
Also look at the job accommodation network (askJAN) for suggestions of tech to help. Jaws is one I know many blind users utilize. They can be scrolling through their phone with the screen off since it’s reading the text and not displaying anything.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362429
There used to be three brothers that were blind phone phreaks
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362430
I used to work in home health care and took care of a 90 year old man named Edward. He was blinded in WW2 when he was 18. After the war he decided to go to school and went on to become a computer science professor all while blind. He memorized the keyboard and used screen reading programs. I was amazed when I heard that, being a computer science student myself. he did it in the 40s and 50s when computers were first being made, I have no doubt that you can do the same today!
Pm me if you have any questions!
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362431
My little brother is blind and it is absolutely incredible to see him use technology! His phone/macbook speaks to him at lightning fast speed (so fast that I literally can’t comprehend anything its saying) and he navigates through apps just like a sighted person.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362432
Well they’re a subset of software engineers so yea should be possible
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362433
I don’t know, and I don’t think I can help you with what you asked. But your post was extremely inspirational. Keep it up my man
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362434
What’s going on with your vision? Are you destined for total blindness?
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362435
[Check this article](http://www.davidkushner.com/article/the-boy-who-heard-too-much/), it was for the Rolling Stone but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. It’s on the author’s website though. He wasn’t just blind however, he had some other skills. And you could say he wasn’t exactly on the good side of the law.
But it’s a cool ass story, and the kid was incredible.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362436
As someone else mentioned, look up phone phreaking from the 70s and 80s. A fair number of phone phreakers were blind. Not present day, but interesting.
- February 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm #362437
I don’t know any but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible
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