Re: Number of folks on the list

  • From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 09:42:22 +0300

You are right, but you should also take into account the fact that not all the blind programmers from some countries are on this list, but there are members of this list from many countries and continents, so that number might not be relevant for the agency from a certain country.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Andreas Stefik" <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 12:14 AM
Subject: Re: Number of folks on the list

Exactly, mathew, in order to make a case to a government funding
agency that our research lab should be given any funding at all, we
need to be able to demonstrate that working on programming tools for
blind computer programmers is something researchers should bother to
do. The team I work with thinks the problems blind programmers must,
inherently, face are pretty fascinating, but we have to convince the
rest of the community to deny funding from other projects and divert
it to ours. Funding is always a difficult case to make. Basic
community statistics would be helpful.

Since the major organizations, apparently world wide, don't seem to
keep any kind of statistics on blind computer programmers, as far as
they report to me at least, the best we can do is reference a popular
blind programmer mailing list.

If no stats are available for the list, or they cannot be revealed
without giving away information that is truly private, that's totally
reasonable, but it seems like a perfectly reasonable question to ask.

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