For most people,teaching yourself how to code hard.
For me,my self-taught journey is a story with some extra spice, because I am deaf. About me: I’m Wen, I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m from Taiwan. I work at a quality control department at manufacturing company by day and I learn how to code by night. I have been learning how to code for 3 months. Compared to other people, my journey is still green, but I would like to share how a deaf person tries her best to beat the odds to get into this industry.
I want to gain the control of my life. I have been working for this company for two and half years. Within this period of time, I’ve witnessed several pink slips flying around, which makes me think what I really want to do in my life. Before this job, I worked six different jobs and I have a certificate in baking. But those things are not secured. As a deaf person in Taiwan, my options are much less than the average people, not to mention the environment is not friendly enough toward people with special needs, either. I want to do something that can let me regain the control of my life, not being controlled by others.
if I know how to code, I might be able to do something for people like me. One of the apps inspires me is AVA can watch video.
The founder of Ava, Thibault Duchemin, is the only hearing member of his family and with the sign language as his mother tongue. He wants to build something to break the barriers for people with special needs. He and his team establish the fastest captioning app for the deaf community and allow them to enjoy the conversations like anyone else. However, this app is only available in the U.S., and it doesn’t support Chinese.
This makes me think maybe I can do something for people like me by coding, especially for people with different native languages.
Please note that English is my second language and I’m still learning English myself. When I watch tutorials, I have to slow down the video speed so I can keep up with the English captions as much as I can. Rewinding the videos several times is a must. While taking courses in school, I wear hearing aid and I read lips, but those can only help me understand about 40% of the lectures.I still have to rely on transcribers to put down the words on papers or type on mobile phone for me to read, and they are expensive.
My main learning materials are Free Code Camp, Udemy, SoloLearn, Egghead, and YouTube. Most of them have captions in the tutorial videos and some have written materials for me to read. However, it is still not easy. Imagine learning the both written and programming languages at the same time. Of course, there are tutorials in Chinese, but I really want to use English to communicate with people from other countries.
As I said earlier, my journey of learning how to code just begins, but I know there are many people with all kinds of backgrounds and needs are also trying to learn how to code. I am hoping my sharing can let people know you still can do it while deaf. At least, I know someone still composed the greatest music in the world without normal hearing, and his name is Beethoven. If you know someone who is like me or you have other resources to help me learn, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Welcome to follow My Twitter😄
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