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So far in the Student Blogging Challenge, we’ve done a lot of creating and communicating with our blogs. This week, we’re looking at the more technical side of blogging and computers: coding!

I’ll be introducing you to my colleague who is an inspirational young coder and we’ll also be celebrating Computer Science Education Week (December 3-8).

Let's have some fun with coding for week nine of the Student Blogging Challenge

Week Eight Recap

Trophy image -- great workThere were lots of great tasks submitted last week!

You can find them all here (or click on the week 8 box on the sidebar).

Let’s take a look at just some of the fantastic work we spotted last week:

  • A number of students were inspired by Mrs. Vazquez and gave their blog a makeover. Check out some examples from Evelyn, Fraser, and Clay.
  • Rhiann made a fantastic video to share a craft idea.
  • Nandini from India told us about the Holi festival.
  • Erica and Maggie reviewed Google’s Emoji creator.
  • Keylee shared a photo that represents Christmas.
  • Gabby has written an excellent piece about celebrations that includes some fun polls.
  • Kai had a busy week trying 3 different tasks.
  • Cassandra wrote about her favourite festivals and celebrations.
  • Janae tried out a Christmas word search and wants to know if you can beat her time.
  • You can view more great work on our 2018 Student Blogging Challenge Flipboard.

Survey Results

Remember last week we ran a poll to see which holidays our STUBC participants celebrate? We had 1015 responses!

Here are the most popular responses.

Other responses included birthdays, Eid, 4th of July, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Vaisakhi.

Tip: I made the chart above by entering the survey data into a free online tool called BEAM. It’s handy!

Reminders

This is our penultimate (second last) topic for the 2018 Student Blogging Challenge. As some schools will be on holidays soon, I’ll publish the week 10 post early. It will be out on Thursday 6th December (Australian time). I’ll send out an email when it’s published.

Here are some additional reminders:

  • The forms for weeks one to six tasks are now closed. You’re still welcome to complete these tasks at any time but won’t be able to submit them for our commenting team to visit.
  • Have you moderated all of your comments? You could be missing out on some fantastic conversations and insights!

Now onto this week’s topic. Firstly, I’d like to introduce you to someone.

Meet Alex!

Photo of Alex StineI invited a young coder who works for Edublogs to tell you about himself.

  • Alex is a 17 year old school student in the United States.
  • He became vision impaired during 9th grade and lost most of his sight within 6 months.
  • Alex would LOVE you to comment on this post.

Over to Alex…

My name is Alex and I work as an accessibility developer and system administrator for Incsub which is the company behind Edublogs.

I started here at Incsub in May 2017 just days after I turned sixteen years old. I go to school in the day and work in the night. Although this job can be demanding, I always love the challenge it offers me day by day.

Alex’s role with the company

One of my main roles is to ensure all servers are running properly and respond when automation fails. Basically, I make sure we stay online.

I have helped with building infrastructure components and hosting. This means I built the parts that make our servers work to host our sites and helped with moving networks of websites to our servers.

My other working time is spent ensuring all Incsub sites (including Edublogs, CampusPress and WPMU DEV) stay completely accessible to visually impaired users who rely on screen reading technology. A screen reader reads aloud the screen for people who can’t see or have other limitations.

Alex’s blindness

Although some would see visual impairment as something you can’t live with, I assure you it’s very possible.

When I first started at Incsub I was hired to provide live chat support for WPMU DEV (a WordPress company that’s part of Incsub). That would later translate into becoming an accessibility developer. (Developer is another word for coder or programmer).

I study our company sites weekly to ensure they are accessible to everyone. The sad news is most sites are not. Just because I cannot see very much, I cannot use a lot of websites.

Now I get to work every day to ensure all sites are accessible within Incsub as everyone deserves the same opportunity for accessing the web.

How Alex learned to code

Learning to code wasn’t all that challenging. I first started learning basic HTML in the 7th grade. It just took off from there.

I found WordPress, signed up for web hosting, and started learning the ways of web development.

It wasn’t until I started to code for accessibility development here that I really learned more of the advanced coding languages. I have taught myself HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, React JS, PHP, and Shell.

Moving on from accessibility development, I ran into system administration (upkeeping and configuring servers). I started learning with a company called Linux Academy. It’s an online program that allows you to learn Linux concepts, Cloud basics, Docker, and a whole host of other subjects.

I’m still very much in the practice stages but getting better every day. It’s cool what you can do with servers and don’t let your disability stand in your way.

A coding career

It is very important to me that the younger audiences get involved with coding. Without the younger generation, the sharing of information starts to drop. We need to keep this open sharing idea around. That way, everyone can learn from each other. It is truly the sharing of information that makes everyone smarter.

Getting the young involved in technology should increase the chance of them finding a really good paying job in the future, after graduation.

Leave a comment!

What are you curious about? Do you have any other questions for Alex? He’s very happy for you to leave a comment on this post.

Below is a picture of Alex at work at a big WordCamp event last year (that’s a WordPress conference. WordPress is the software that powers 30% of the web including Edublogs and CampusPress). Alex is wearing the yellow and black hoodie.

What Is Coding?

Coding is basically a set of words that tell your blog, a website, an app, a game, or other software what to do. Without coding, a computer or device won’t do anything.

Here are some videos that explain coding further.

This is a great one-minute video for younger students to explains coding.

Older students might enjoy this one-minute video.

This 4-minute video is also a great explanation for older students with a few more details.

Computer Science Week

Computer Science Education Week runs annually worldwide. This year, it’s being held from 3-8 December.

Many schools, teachers, and students participate in Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.

Why is computer science worth celebrating and promoting?

This video shows us how computer science is improving so many areas of our life.

What is Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is designed to introduce young people worldwide to the basics of coding and computer science through one-hour coding activities.

While these activities are promoted during Computer Science Education Week, they can be done at any time throughout the year.

Coding And Blogging

In the early days of the internet, if you wanted a blog or website, you had to know how to code it yourself.

Nowadays, most of the hard work is done for us and anyone can claim a website in minutes. For example, you can go to edublogs.org and sign up for a free blog. You don’t need to make your blog. All you need to worry about is the design and content.

Despite that fact that you don’t have to know how to code to be a part of the online community, there are many reasons why having some basic understandings of coding is helpful.

Being comfortable with coding can help you:

  • Customise aspects of your blog (like adding/editing embed code).
  • Troubleshoot (when something doesn’t look right, you can check the code for obvious errors).
  • Learn important skills like logical thinking, creativity, and communication.
  • Consider a wide range of career paths and explore coding in more depth.

Week Nine Tasks

This week there are three tasks to choose from. (Edit: Comments for this post are now closed as there are so many for Alex to go through).

All tasks are suitable for student bloggers and I’ve offered ideas on how they can be adapted for classes. 

Let's have some fun with coding for week nine of the Student Blogging Challenge

Task 1: Leave A Comment For Alex

Edit: We closed comments for this post on 10th December as there are so many for Alex to go through. Alex is currently traveling and will share some responses with us when he has time. Stay tuned!

Go back and re-read the blurb above about Alex.

Alex certainly has an inspiring story to share. Despite being blind and a school student, he’s an outstanding self-taught coder and a highly valued member of staff at Edublogs.

If you have a question for Alex, write it in a comment on this post. Scroll down to find the commenting box at the bottom of this post.

Maybe you want to know about learning to code, using a computer as a blind person, managing school and a job, or anything else!

Don’t forget:

  • Introduce yourself briefly — maybe say your age and where you’re from
  • Read over your comment before you submit it and fix up any errors
  • Check back to see if Alex has replied

If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps choose one comment to write together as a class. 

Task 2: Try An Hour Of Code Activity

For this task, try an Hour of Code activity and write a blog post about it.

The Hour of Code website is jam-packed with activities that you can try!

A good place to start is the ‘student-guided tutorials‘. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried coding before, you’ll be walked through what to do. It’s fun!

Be sure to filter your search results to find a suitable activity.

  • You’ll see the ages listed on the bar at the top from pre-readers up to Grades 9+.
  • Along the left-hand side, you can also filter activities based on what technology you have and what topics you’d like to explore.

Screenshot Hour of Code website

When you’ve tried out an activity, write a blog post about it. Make sure you include the link to the activity (a screenshot would be awesome too!). Review the activity. Tell your readers what you learnt and whether you recommend it to others.

If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps the teacher can write a post with a selection of activities for students to try. Students could write their reflections in a comment. 

Teachers, if you want to run an actual Hour of Code program, this how-to guide should help.

Task 3: Try Some Code On Your Blog

If you’re using a platform like Edublogs or CampusPress, you’ll notice that there is a visual editor and text editor.

Switch between text and visual when you're writing a post

Switching between the two is easy but we mostly write our blog posts using the visual editor. It’s based on a ‘what you see is what you get’ framework (just like programs like Microsoft Word or Google Docs).

Unlike the visual editor, the text editor requires you to add any formatting such as italics, bold, links, and spacing manually using HTML (although there are some shortcut buttons you can use).

HTML is a computer language that stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It’s the standard language for creating web pages.

This activity involves trying some HTML by writing the code in the text editor. You can also use HTML in comments. When you’ve had a go at trying HTML, write a blog post about it and tell everyone how you went. Was it easy/hard? Did you learn anything new?

The instructions below show you how to use bold, italics, and add a link.

Remember, coding is about troubleshooting. So if something doesn’t work, take a closer look at your code. Maybe you’ve added a space or missed a symbol.

Too easy? More advanced coders can look up the HTML for different functions like headings, lists (bullet points), color, horizontal rule (line), and more. There are a LOT of guides to learning HTML online. You might even make your own cheat sheet and publish it for others!

If you’re working as a class on this activity, the teachers could publish a post and the students could try out the HTML in a comment. 

Submit Your Post URL ⬇

If you want a commenter and other participants to visit your blog, remember to fill in the Google Form below.

Examples of post URLS for STUBCThe Google Form

Teachers, feel free to put the link to this Week 9 Google Form on your own blog if you’d like.

https://goo.gl/forms/5H8r10R78dH5SpWk1


Our final topic: Reflecting on the Student Blogging Challenge.

Comments for this post were closed on December 10th.

250 Comments

  1. Hello, Alex!

    My name is Destiny and I’m from Missouri! I’m currently 16 years old and going on 17 the 15th of August. I want you to know just how much of an inspiration you are to keep pushing on despite the problems you may face, and by no doubt is it encouraging, especially to me. I’m very, very proud and thankful for you to have been doing what you are now! I’m amazed at your abilities, too, and even more so at your optimism and enthusiasm! You’ve got a brilliant future ahead of you and I hope you have an amazing rest of the day, a better one tomorrow, so on and so forth forevermore! Happy Holidays and keep going, there’s a beaming bright light at the end of your tunnel!

    • Destiny Turnbow
  2. Hi Alex!
    My name is hmsrimi (Rimi), and I am turning 11 years old soon. I live in Hawaii! I think that it’s super cool for you, to be able to inspire everyone from around the world. It’s amazing that you learned how to code even while you are blind! I still have my vision, and I can see perfectly fine, but I don’t know how to code! You are so talented, and still young. You still have many people to inspire in the future! I have one question for you. How is it like not being able to see, and coding at the same time?! I hope you respond to this! Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    hmsrimi❤

    • hmsrimi
  3. Hi Alex,
    I’m HMSAdam and you inspired me so much. You are at a disadvantage to everyone and you still proceed to work hard and never give up. You have a great future ahead of you and I’m excited to see what your future is going to be like. I would like to wish you good luck with your further studies.

    Thank you,
    HMSAdam

    • hmsadam
  4. Hey Alex,
    I’m Denis from Hawaii I took classes on coding at my school for fun but I am definitely nowhere near your professional level! I think what you are doing is very inspirational, and makes me want to start working on my coding again. If I were a professional coder I would make games (but probably the games would be horrible). Anyways make sure you check out my blog cause I’m about to make a post with a link to a game I coded, try it out and tell me what you think!

    Sincerely,
    Denis

    • hmsdenis
  5. Hello Alex,
    My name is Ino or hmsino, I live in Mililani if you didn’t know it is in Hawaii and I am 13 years old. I am in 7th grade. It is pretty cool that you can code for a business and still be blind. I bet that there are a lot of people that look up to you and want to be just like you. I just have one question why did you want to start a career in coding?

    • hmsinocencio
  6. Hi Alex,

    I’m Sarah and I’m from Hawaii. Your story is astonishing and I’m amazed how you taught yourself how to code. Do you have any advice on beginner coders and how they could possibly start a career? How do you think coding could change technology in the future? I hope you have a good day and continued to inspire people.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

    • hmssarah
  7. Hello, Alex,
    It shocks me to know that you’re working for a company and coding while you’re blind! I have one question for you, how did you get into coding? Who or what inspired you? I would be very ecstatic if you would reply to my comment!!
    From,
    Daley 😉

    • hmsdaley
  8. Hi Alex,
    My name is Alex, and I think that is really cool that you are blind and you can code so well. I read the passage about you and coding. That is really inspiring, code also seems very complicated with all of the numbers and letters.

    From,
    hmsalex

    • hmsalex
  9. Hey Alex!
    My name is Cole or hmscole and I am in 6 grade. I am from Honolulu, Hawaii and I am 11 years old. You are a very inspiring person and you had to persevere through obstacles in life to accomplish everything you have done now. It is very cool that you can code and you are blind! You must have to practice a lot! One question that I would like to ask is how long did it take you to become this successful in life? Thank you and I wish you a Merry Christmas!
    Many thanks,
    hmscole,

    • hmscole
  10. Hello Alex,
    My name is Whitney, I am from the USA in Iowa. I am 13 years old and love to do Edublog. I am in 8th grade. I believe you made a big impact in everyone’s world. I know you will change the world. You don’t have to answer this question but, “How has your life changed scene you went blind?” Drastic or small changes you had to get used too.
    Wish you luck on your journey,
    ~Whitney

    • Whitney
  11. Dear Alex,
    Hello I am hmsdevyn, I am 11 years old and I am from Hawai’i. I am amazed on how to can code even though you are blind. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade I use to code too. I think that it is great that you can code and work for a company when you are still in school. I hope I will see your work.
    Sincerely,
    hmsdevyn

    • hmsdevyn
  12. Dear Alex,
    You are such an inspiration to prior all over the world. My name is Katie, and I’m a 6th grade. I am also 11 years old and I live in Hawaii. I have so many questions for you. How did you learn how to code? I want to learn how to code, too. How do you use a computer when you’re blind? Was it hard to learn how to code? You are really amazing! I can’t believe you have a job and you know how to code when you’re blind. You are so talented. Good luck!
    Sincerely,
    Katie

    • Katie Siarot
  13. Dear Alex,

    It must be horrible to be blind at a very young age. It’s amazing how you still work in a tough environment i wouldn’t be able to do all the things you do even if i wasn’t blind. Your so talented i can’t even imagine coding for a business i can barely code for school.you have a great opportunity and it looks like you are doing your best hope you do well in coding hope to hear back from you ,bye.

    • Grayden
  14. HI Alex I’m Caden. I just wanted to ask how is your life going. Is it going good is it hard? Because I feel really bad for you and others who are like that because it is terrible that this world can do that.

    • 2024cg
  15. Hi Alex,

    My name is hmsriho and I’m from Honolulu, Hawaii. I am so shocked that you can code at such a young age and even when you are blind. I can’t even code and I have my eyesight. You should be very proud of what you can do because not most people can do what you can do. I hope you keep pursuing coding and enjoy it as well.

    Aloha, hmsriho

    • hmsriho
  16. Dear Alex,
    My name is Tyson, and I live in California. I am not blind, or have any disability whatsoever, but I will try my hardest to put myself in your shoes while writing this. Your story is truly inspiring, and shows what a person can do, and what they can overcome, when they put their mind to it, and remain determined. I find it amazing that despite your disability, you are able to still do what you love. I do have a couple questions for you. One is, do you intend on pursuing coding as a professional job? Do have any ideas of companies that you want to work at? Or do you want to start your own coding company? Anyway, it has been truly awe-inspiring to read about your life, and what you had to overcome. Best wishes.
    Sincerely, Tyson

    • Tyson C.
  17. Aloha Alex,
    My name is Kira or (hmskirac), I am from Honolulu, Hawaii and 11 years old! I am also a 6th grader! You are such an inspiration to all people around the world and I’m sure that everyone is proud of you! I am very amazed that you can code when you’re blind when I can not even code with having sight! How amazing is that??? You are so talented and have a great future ahead of you! I hope you have a good rest of your life coding and I hope you respond to my comment!! Bye

    Mahalo,
    hmskirac

    • hmskirac
  18. Hi Alex,
    My name is Chansen and I am 12 years old and from Hawaii. I just want to tell you that inspiration for many people. It takes a lot of skill to do what you do. Hope to hear back from you

    From,
    Chansen

    • hmschansen
  19. Hi Alex,
    My name is Jennifer, and I live in Hawaii. I am very amazed by your story, and I have a question to ask you. How did you learn to code despite being blind? I’m very surprised that you have such a good job at 17! I would also like to know, how do you manage your time so well? I hope you continue to keep doing your best!
    Here’s a link to my blog!
    Sincerely,
    Jennifer

    • hmsjennifer
  20. Hello Alex,

    My name is Raya. I am from Oahu, and I am 13 years old. It is amazing that you can code without being able to see. My vision is practically perfect, and I can’t even code. You are such an inspiration to many people who have heard about you. Keep up your amazing work!

    From,
    hmsraya

    • hmsraya
  21. Hey Alex,
    My name is Reise and I am from Hawaii. I just want to tell you that you are such an inspiration to so many people. It’s amazing that you can code and be blind. I can’t even code and I can see. You are so amazingly skilled, and people can learn so much from you and your story.
    From,
    hmsreise

    • hmsreise
  22. Hey Alex,
    My name is Reise and I am from Hawaii. I just want to tell you that you are such an inspiration to so many people. It’s amazing that you can code and be blind. I can’t even code and I can see. You are so amazingly skilled, and people can learn so much from you and your story.

    • Reise
  23. Hello Alex,

    My name is Emily, and I’m a student in the Preformace Learning Program at Seycove Secondary. We get amazing opportunities to work with technology on a daily basis, but our work with coding has been some of the most fun. We have explored the app Swift Playgrounds and created our own coding functions, along with recently visiting the museum of living computers. Some of the robots you could program there were amazing, and give me so many ideas for what I could use code for in the future. I was wondering, if someone was interested in becoming a professional coder, what steps could they take when still in school to start working towards that? Can anyone be a coder?

    Yours truly,

    Emily J

    • Emily
  24. Dear Alex,
    My name is hmsalexandrak. I am so impressed with what you do. I can’t even do coding and I can see. What made you want to do coding? I think that you are the type of person who can do anything so keep trying your best. I hope you continue to code I hide it amazing that you can do it. I hope you have a great time doing coding.

    From,
    hmsalexandrak

    • hmsalexandrak
  25. Dear Alex,
    My name is hmskally. I am 11 years-old. I am amazed that you can code even though you are blind. If I was blind, I don’t think that I would ever be able to do it. I have a question for you. What is your favorite part of coding? To me, it can be very hard to code because of all the different codes that you have to remember. I can’t imagine how much effort you give into coding even though you’re blind. I think that is the most brilliant thing that I have ever heard. Thank you for encouraging everyone in the world that even though things might seem impossible, but they are possible in ways that you could accomplish.

    Sincerely,
    hmskally

    • hmskally
  26. Dear Alex,

    I’m tayne and I’m from Hawaii. I’m inspired by your story. It’s amazing that you can code with being blind. I can’t even code at all even with me being able to see. So keep up what you are doing and thank you for being an amazing person.

    Sincerely,
    Tayne

    • hmstayne
  27. Hi Alex,
    My name is Emily, I am 13 years old and I live in Canada. I think that it is amazing that you are able to code while you can barely see. I don’t have much experience with coding but what I have done I had fun doing and I would like to do more. Is it hard doing your job while not being able to see?

    • Emily
  28. Heya Alex!
    I’m Natalie, and I’m truly inspired and amazed by your story. It made me realize that anyone can do anything, even if they have disabilities. I’m truly glad that this was a comfortable job for you. Also, I have a question. How do motivate yourself to keep going to code? Hope you can answer back, thanks for sharing your story.
    ~Natalie
    Come check out my blog! http://hmsnatalie.edublogs.org/

    • hmsnatalie
  29. Dear Alex,
    Hi, my name is Tani and I live in Hawaii. Your story is so remarkable and made a difference in this world. I find it inspirational that you can code even with a disadvantage. Keep making differences and changing the world.

    ~Tani

    • hmstani
  30. hi Alex
    my name is Zachary and your story is so inspiring. It shows that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. To see that you can code is so cool
    love zachary

    • hmszachary
  31. Dear Alex,

    I think your coding career is so cool, because not many 17-year-olds get that chance. I would take that job if I got to.

    Sincerely,
    Ashlny

    • Ashlyn Miller
  32. Dear Alex, I am so sorry you are blind. Getting blind and 6 months old is tough. I hope you are having a good year and a good life. Make sure you do your homework before you read this. I hope you have a amazing career. Sincerely, Jonah Chavez

    • Jonah Chavez
  33. Dear Alex,
    How can you memorize all the coding stuff by your self. I think it would be hard for me to memorize all off that by myself. Also I think you are good at coding.
    sincerely,
    Tania

    • Tania
  34. Dear Alex,
    I find your work very interesting, you make it seem as if coding is not as hard as it looks. This is because keeping the servers of INCSUB up using code mustn’t be as hard if you can do it. Every person has the ability to do anything, but someone has to show what there is to be done, you are that person.

    • Joseph
  35. Dear Alex,
    I think that it is very interesting how you made your own coding company and you only 17 years old. I also think that its cool how your blind and still are able to do coding ona computer, it always amazes me. I acctually coding is really cool too. What got you into coding? Was coding always what you were interested in?
    Sincerely, Dakota

    • Dakota
  36. Dear Alex,

    I find your story very inspiring. It so cool that you are able to help so many people! My dad actually does something very similar. He explains some of the coding to me. I have even looked at some of the code for an app he made. It was just for work, and I can’t tell you what it was for. I would have forgotten by now, and also he never told me. I am glad that you have been able to have fun and code, because I can’t code yet. I have been trying to learn. I hope that you can have a lot of fun coding!

    – Eliza

    • Eliza
  37. I like that your blindness did not stop you on your career and you kept on going no matter what. How do you see your screen when you are Blind?

    • Brian
  38. Dear Alex,
    My name is Jaanvi and you are really inspiring and you show that just because there are things holding you back doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Many people don’t do things because many things are holding them back, but you show people that it’s OK if things hold you back you still have to try. I find it really cool that you code and work on computers. I myself can’t code because I’m not that good, but after reading your story I’ll try to start coding and get better

    • Jaanvi
  39. Dear Alex,
    I am 11 and live in California. It is so cool that you taught yourself to code all those types of code languages. You inspire me to push past difficulties and work harder. Thank you Alex!

    • Elise
  40. Dear, Alex
    Reading about your story was very compelling. I am really glad that you pushed through to your goal no matter what obstacle got in your way. Do you ever do coding on your own time? Anyways good job Alex it was great getting to know you.

    • Gabriel
  41. Hey Alex!
    My name is Jaedon and I am inspired by your story. Your story made me realize that anyone can learn coding if they put enough effort into it. I also think it is amazing that you were able to find a job that you can actually be comfortable with. Thank you for inspiring many others including me. I wish you a happy life!

    Sincerely,
    Jaedon

    • Jaedon
  42. Dear Alex.
    My name is Love and I’m from California. I am truly inspired from your passion for coding. I am surprised you know how to code, especially with your disabilities. I only know how to code on Tynker. You must have very generous people to help you learn how to and you also must have patience. Keep doing what you love, Alex!
    Sincerely, Love

    • Love
  43. hey Alex, my names A.J. I’m in sixth grade and i enjoy coding as well I taught myself how to do java late last year and it turned out to be quite enjoyable. -A.J.

    • A.J.
  44. Hi Alex,
    I’m Sparrow, and I’m for America. You’re really inspiring. I also think that younger kids should get involved with code. I’m currently learning Java-Script, and like you said, it’s not actually that hard.

    • Sparrow
  45. Dear Alex,
    Hi! My name is Jordan! I have a few questions that I would like to ask you. 1. What is your favorite and least favorite subject in school? 2. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a developer? And finally, 3. What kind of visual impairness do you have? ( Can you see shadows? Colors?…) I think it’s so cool that you work to help others that are in the same situation as you. Thank you for your time! Bye!
    Sincerely,
    Jordan

    • Jordan
  46. Dear Alex
    I hope you get better. I think its amazing that you can code.It is very inspiring to me and to many more.You can never let you vision get in your way live like any other person.

    Sincerely Isaac

    • Isaac
  47. Hi Alex!
    My name is Nora and you inspired me to want to learn coding and do coding at the same time!Being blind can sometimes have its disadvantages but for you you found a way to have fun.Being able to code sounds really awesome and you can enjoy the challenge at the same time.Coding is something that we do at school sometimes for a hour or two and we enjoy having the challenge to solve something.you sound like a really nice person and you inspire many people to do coding!

    • Nora
  48. Dear Alex,
    My name is Charlotte. I think it is very cool that you could code. How long have you been coding for? How did you get into coding?
    Sincerely,
    Charlotte

    • Charlotte
  49. Dear Alex,
    My name is Abraham I hope your doing OK right know. I really like that able to code despite your disability i wish i was like even thou there might be something wrong you still strive to complete. I’m the exact opposite if my neck hurts but i have to look down to do something I don’t do it at all
    Your friend ,
    Abraham

    • Abraham
  50. Hi Alex!
    My name is Helina and you have really inspired me to do coding! It’s quite sad to be blind, but terrific that you know how to code. You’ve inspired me and lots of others to do coding.
    Sincerely,
    Helina.

    • Helina
  51. Hi Alex!
    My name is Madison, I’m in 7th grade and live in Houston. I think that your story is really inspiring. I have tried coding, and have not had much success. I think that it is amazing that you do something that is hard enough with your sight. Keep it up! 👏👍

    • Madison
  52. Hey Alex,
    I’ve done some coding here and there throughout the years, and I find it very thought-provoking, but your story makes me want to enhance my ability in solving computational problems. I love that you work so hard and have self-taught yourself things like JavaScript! It’s very influential that you don’t classify your blindness as a burden or challenge. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it reminds us that life gives us so many things, and how we respond to them is what matters. I’m very curious to know what your job looks like on a day to day basis. Thank you for telling me your story!

    • Sanjna
  53. Hi Alex! My name Is Isabelle and I am from Rogers Arkansas. I think it’s awesome that your code! I bet you are really good at coding. I myself am learning to code but it’s very challenging for me, but you inspired me to keep working harder. Thank you for showing your skill to the world.

    • iprinc01
  54. Hi Alex!
    Itś so cool that you code. You inspire me to work harder.
    -Sophie

    • sophiesthoughts
  55. Hey Alex,
    My name is Kylie. I’m 13 and live in Northen Iowa. I love your story and found it very inspiring. I think it’s amazing that you didn’t give up hope when you lost your vision and went on to create this wonderful program for us. Thank you! Keep being inspiring!

    • Kylie
  56. Hey Alex

    My name is Ben and I am 13 years old from Canada 🇨🇦. I found your story really inspiring. How do you know when you’ve made a typo or a mistake when typing?

    • Benjamin
  57. Hi Alex, my name is Jenna. I live in the US just like you! I am a student at McDowell middle school. I am in a technology class and we are learning about block coding. That is the only coding I have even done before. Is it anything like the type coding that you do? Do you have to use a special type of computer considering the circumstances? Also is it hard to do all of your school work and go to your job everyday? School for me is already hard enough I couldn’t imagine going to school and having a job. It so cool that you can handle both. I know that might not have much time for anything else but other than coding do you have any other hobbies? That’s all I have to say for now but if you have time you should come and visit my class blog! http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/

    • jennaale2024
  58. Hey Alex!
    My name is Sam and I live in British Columbia, Canada. I think it’s really cool how you didn’t let your disability stand in your way and continued to do coding. Personally, I’m not the greatest coder but looking at your posts can definitely help. Keep up the good work!
    Sincerely,
    Sam

    • Sam
  59. Hi Alex!
    My name is Anaya! I am 12 years old and live in the always sunny (but ironically it has been raining for the past 2 days) California! I find it so inspiring that you code despite your disability! I have no idea how to code so I don’t really know much about it. It is so cool that you work! You must be so patient (very unlike me)! Anyway, thank you for inspiring so many people and for telling us your experience. I am actually going to try to start coding now because it seems so fun! Thank you for that too!

    • Anaya
  60. Hi Alex,
    My name is Fraser I live in British Columbia, Canada. What made you want to learn how to code? How do you tell what your coding? What you do is really amazing keep it up! sincerely Fraser.

    • Fraser
  61. Hey Alex!
    My name is Lucy p, and I’m from Canada. I was wondering how you deal with problems and bugs in the code? That’s always been something I’ve struggled a bit with, and it’s really inspiring to hear your story!
    Sincerely,
    Lucy

    • Lucy
  62. Hello Alex,
    My name is Kensie and I’m a 7th grade student at McDowell middle school. At my school we learn about coding in a technology class. During one semester, half of the 7th graders have technology and the other half have art. Considering your situation, I think it is remarkably incredible that you know how to code! I, myself, don’t know how to code at all. I would like to learn though! If you have time, please reply back to me at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/

    Thanks,
    Kensie

    • kensiele2024
  63. Hey Alex!
    I’m Amelie, I live in LA California and I am in the 7th grade. I find that what you do is very interesting and I myself wanted to take the coding class in my school. Unfortunately, we don’t have a teacher for it anymore so I took something else. My first question is how long did you have to practice until you learned how to code? My second question is how fast can you type out your codes? I hope that you have a good day and see this comment!
    -Amelie

    • Amelie Vartanov
  64. Hey Alex,
    My name is Anton and I’m curious on how you go through life being almost fully blind. Like how do you know what to do during an activity like eating or work? Have you been bullied at all for being blind? Did your other senses grow stronger? More importantly how do go through life not being able to see much? I would love having a reply from you about my questions. Also your job is a pretty cool and interesting job. I did some coding in 6th grade for a few months. I hope that your career goes further and that your life ahead of you is great. Bye!

    • Anton
  65. Hi Alex,
    My name is Lior. I’m in 7th grade, and I live in California. I think it’s so cool that you are still doing what you love to do, even when you are blind. It is inspiring to see that you can still follow your dreams, and you are a great role model! It must have been hard at first, but now you’re achieving your goals. You’re amazing!

    • Lior
  66. Hello Alex, my name is Gavin and I am from California.It is so inspiring that you still code and do what you love even though you are partially blind.When I was reading about you I was wondering how you have kept up with all the rest of the coders considering you are only 17 years old. You are crazy awesome.Keep doing what your doing and stay ahead of the game.

    • Gavin
  67. Hi Alex,
    My name is Skye. I live in Hawaii. I find it incredible that you manage to code despite the fact that you’re blind. I also like coding and I hope to be as good as you. My dream is to become a game developer as well. Good luck and don’t give up ^-^

    Sincerely,
    Skye

    • hmsskye
  68. Hi Alex!

    My name is Laina and I am from California. I am in 7th grade this year. But last year, in 6th grade, we learned a little bit about coding but it wasn’t too different from what you taught yourself. We used a program called Processing and used a similar coding language like Java. In class, we weren’t coding a website or anything but just making really cool effects. For example, one of the things that we did in that class was have some words (anything of your choice) follow your mouse across the entire screen. It was super fun! What is the coolest thing you have ever done? What code are you most proud of? The one that I am most proud of is a giant American flag I coded as a goodbye to my British friend, Charlie. I had to enlist my teacher’s help but it turned out awesome. I can’t wait to hear back from you!

    -Laina

    • Laina
  69. Hi Alex, my name is Jasmine, how are you? I would like to ask a question how do you type on your keyboard do you have braille on it? How did you learn to read braille? And how do you find where the braille when you are blind? I know I have a lot of questions but it fascinates me since you do these such amazing things and inspire people to keep striving even when times are tough. What got you interested into coding? With myself I don’t mind coding but rather not do it. You know you are such a amazing person you are blind you live in america witch has a lot of disasters and you don’t complain. You such an inspiration to me and probably a lot of other people. I understand your difficulties and what you are going though. Hope you succeed a lot in life because you are a amazing person and you are determined and work hard. I think we should all look up to you because our hard times are nothing compared to yours. Good luck with everything.

    • jasmineb516
  70. Hi Alex,
    My name is Izzy and I’m thirteen. I’m really inspired by your story. When I think about trying to learn code it seems impossible to me. However you were able to learn it and you are now a force to be reckoned with. I’m so impressed that your seventeen, go to school, code as a job, and you do all of that while being blind. Your story has inspired me to try doing things that I love and that seem impossible. You have proven anything can be done!

    • Izzy
  71. Hi Alex,
    My name is Angela and I live in Australia. It’s so nice to meet you! Well not in real life but on our Blogs,It must be a hard life for you being bullied and called names I feel so sorry for you I wish I can be there for you! I really hope your eye sight gets better,If we could meet each other I would loved to be friends with you and protect you from being bullied.If I was you I would ignore them and be who you really want to be,I have some questions to ask. If you were able to see what would you want to see the most? I would actually pick seeing the bullies because I want to stand up for them and protect myself.The second question is, did you have a friend that has been in the same situation?I read and watched a movie that was called ‘Wonder’ he is a boy that has been in that situation as you and it was a really sad book and movie. I really hope your life will change and your eyes too so you could see your family and friends and explore the world!!! 🙂 Also please visit and comment my blog Alex!

    • angelak516
  72. Hello Alex,
    My name is Brian and I live in Australia. I’m very sorry that you have impaired vision and I feel bad if you were bullied but I know that you are a good person. I really wish I met you because I feel like we would be good friends! I hope your eyesight gets better so you can see again and if you see this, I hope you reply because I have some questions for you! 1. How many times have you coded? 2. When did you first code? 3. When and how did you get impaired vision? Goodbye Alex! 🙂

    • brianl516
  73. What’s up, Alex!
    I’m Eva and I’m in 5th grade. I live in Australia! Wow, dude.. you are just SO incredible. You should be SO proud of yourself because not even I who can SEE can do better than YOU. I have to say something that I do not mean hurtful in anyway, but have you ever gotten BULLIED for it? If you have, WOW they are really jealous of you! I can’t believe that you are SO amazing. You inspire me to the CORE and you make others believe they can do anything. YOU can literally do ANYTHING. People are always into fitting in, and doing stuff everyone likes… but YOU choose to be YOURSELF and THATS what makes you amazing. You have gone through SO much and to be put with an outstanding career, you should be SO proud of yourself! Your perseverance makes me shock of how much anyone can do. People don’t understand how lucky they are.. I thought I had gone through something scary! You can do SO much and you know what? You are INCREDIBLE. I REALLY hope everything goes well with work and school. Remember to be open with other job offers, and think about your choice. Keep being you, because if I had to swap lives with you, I wouldn’t know how to do a THING. Congratulations on your life’s achievements and carry on with your outstanding work! Here’s a link to my blog if you want to check out mine! http://evag516.edublogs.org/

    • evag516
  74. Hi Alex,
    My name is Henry and I live in Australia. I feel bad for your impaired vision but you are an insipiration to all. It’s really cool that you taught yourself coding and you are the only reason why Edublogs exists 🙂 . I hope you will reply to my question.
    I have a question for you.
    Will you continue to code for a few years?
    Thanks, Henry. 🙂

    • Henry
  75. Hi Alex, My name is Mason and I live in California. It is so cool how you code code so good and can’t really see. I don’t really like coding but it is cool how you cod, work, and have school all at the same time. It is cool how you can code so much as you said on your post. I think you should never give this up always try to get way better at this. I will defenitly try more and get better at coding.
    Mason

    • Mason
  76. Hey Alex!

    My name is Gabby. I think its really incredible the passion you have for coding. You really didn’t let anything get in your way. I especially liked reading about all the different computer programming languages you learnt. My dad knows Python, he uses it as his job for data analysis. He’s always trying to teach me python but I really can’t understand it. I hope one day I can learn to code in python an really just get better at coding. I really enjoyed reading about the work you do. Best of luck with any future coding endeavours! Sincerely,

    – Gabby

    • Gabby
  77. Hello Alex!
    I am Rebecca and I live in Australia! I really like how you keep going with life,even though you are having some tough barriers.I really wonder how you do things.You seem very positive! Your job is very interesting Alex! I never heard about a job like that.It is a very nice job to make sure people stay online! Although,I’m very interested about what will happen if you don’t make websites accessible? Has that ever happened before? While reading to your story,it reminds of a book/movie called Wonder.A boy named August,having a trouble in life.Looking different and getting bullied for it.Even though bad things happen to him,he is happy for what he is! I hope you have a great year and have a good holiday! My blog:http://rebeccat516.edublogs.org/.

    • rebeccat516
  78. Hey Alex,
    My name is Rouvin and I would like to know how you felt, losing your sight especially if it made your job much harder and how it affected your life. It’s also inspiring to that, no matter how many challenges you face, you can always achieve your goals. I hope that you will have a successful career, that may lead to something better.

    • rouvinc516
  79. Hi Alex!
    I wanted to wish you the best of luck in…EVERYTHING! There are so many mean people who might bully you, but there are also people who aren’t. From what I know, I can tell you are such a happy and positive person, expasioally with the way you cope with posibile bullying. I want to just say, congrats…why?Well you have a job and you go to school. That may seem like a normal thing, but since you have a condition i think it’s amazing!

    • thaon516
  80. Hey Alex!
    My name is Nikita and I seem to understand how you are feeling right now. I understand that being blind is a difficult challenge, but you’ve made it pass it. Not many people would work for a company and have a tough condition, but your story is has influenced many young children. Why did you choose edublogs to work for? I very do support you and wish for the best for you. I hope you enjoy your very successful career.

    • nikitac516
  81. Hi Alex!
    My name is Penina and I am 11 years old. I live in Australia but I was born in New Zealand. I read the paragraphs about you and think your amazing to not be able to see very well, but you’re an accessibility developer and a system administrator! It must be a little hard though. Do you ever get bullied at school. I hope you don’t. Anyways, I think that your work and what your doing is absolutely INCREDIBLE! I hope you have an extremely bright future in CODING ahead of you!

    • peninam516
  82. Aloha Alex,

    My name is Taylor! I am a 13-year-old student from Hawaii. My goodness, you are soo freaking talented! Coding, in general, is hard, but doing it without your sight is even cooler! I totally understand the struggle of having a job and school. I am a baker and have my own business so I understand the late nights and prep and all that other stuff. But, I wanted to know some helpful tricks to really managing your time well? Do you have to leave right after school, or do you ever skip school? Do you have a lot of homework? How long do you work at your job for? Also what benefits does your job have? Thank you so much and please come check out my blog! Keep coding! You are so inspirational and I think thousands of people can learn from you.

    Mahalo,
    Taylor

    • hmstaylor
  83. Hi Alex, my name is Kylie and I am from Australia. Reading your information, you are such an inspiring person! I can see that you have touched the hearts of many, all around the world! I can’t imagine all of the hardships you have been through! Not many people are like you. They can be introverts, instead of being active and helping others for the better! Your story has helped me with all the hardships I’m going through! Keep going with your career, as it will take you places! And also, never think about giving up! you are beautiful in many ways. Follow your dreams, as they will keep you on track.

    • kyliec516
  84. Hi Alex,

    My name is Alex too, that’s probably the only similarity we have. You are so brave to code in a field with much competition and the fact that you are thriving in that feild while you are blind amazes me. I hope you do an incredible time at your new job an keep blogging. You are a great example of with enough effort you can accomplish anything.

    • Alex
  85. Hi Alex,

    My name is Ciara, I’m from British Columbia, Canada. I am only 13 and that being so young it is truly inspiring to see that someone not much older than me can accomplish things like you. It’s really inspiring to read someone’s life story and see them overcome something as seemingly impossible as visual impairment. Congratulations on your newfound career in coding.

    Sincerely, Ciara

    • Ciara
  86. Dear Alex,
    how do you even do it! that sounds crazy you cant even see!??! WHAT!!?? I honestley think you are super cool. you are an amazing efiecient person who should be all over the internet!!

    • Jocelyn
  87. Dear Alex,
    I thought your story was very inspiring. I loved how you preserved even with your eye problem. If you continue to preserve, you will go very far in life. Good job for going through all the tough times.
    Sincerely,
    Morgan

    • Morgan
  88. Dear Alex,
    Oops! I forgot to give you my link to my class blog. Here it is. https://bit.ly/2CeXDpB. Hope you comment on mine!

    • Diego
  89. Hey Alex,
    Your story amazes me. I still do not understand how you do your code so well. You know, since you can’t see. I admire how much effort and perseverance you put into all your work. You have told a story here about your life and it will inspire many throughout the world who aspire to do work with such disabilities.

    Sincerely, Russell Mitchell 😉 :p

    • Russell
  90. Dear Alex,
    My name is chance I think its cool how you do your coding and all of the languages. Also I like that your blind and how you still do what you want to do I think it’s really cool.
    Sincerely,
    Chance

    • Chance
  91. Hey Alex! How’s it going?
    My name is Millie and I live in Canada. I don’t have much experience with coding, but I’ve taken a course which taught some, and I know enough to recognize that it’s not at all easy and very difficult to comprehend. The fact that you can code even without being able to see is just amazing. The amount of effort that you’ve put in to get to where you are is great and telling your story encouraged me to look back into coding and learn some more. I really hope that you find yourself even more successful than you are now with coding. By raising awareness that people can do anything their heart desires no matter the obstacle, you are most definitely making someone’s future brighter. Thank you for sharing your journey with all us bloggers! Keep it up.
    Sincerely, Millie

    • Millie
  92. Hey Alex!
    You are such an inspiration for what you do. Any obstacle you face, you destroyed it. We are thankful to have an amazing idol who is great at programming. Keep doing what you do! I think it is great!
    Sincerely, Zachary

    • Zachary
  93. Dear Alex,
    It is so cool that you can see through your blindness and to fix the internet. I really like your perseverance that you conquered your blindness! I am really looking forward in meeting you!
    Sincerely,
    Dariel

    • Dariel
  94. Hey Alex! My name is Cashton. I live in the USA and I love coding. Coding feels like a second language to me! I use coding for my blog and my school classes. I read about your story and it sounds extraordinary. I really don’t have any words. I hope someday you’ll get your sight back. Any way, go have a even more successful career. Bye…

    • Cashton
  95. hey alex have a good time in your life

    • garrett
  96. Hi Alex,my name is Cruz and I just wanted to know what inspired you to do coding?And keeping doing what you are doing.

    • Cruz
  97. hi alex,

    My name is alexis and i live in texas. And im suprized that you can even code in your condition. i respect you that you had to go through all that and not give up no matter what. You inspired me to be even better at coding, cause i only do the easy ones.and thank you for that.

    • alexis7902024
  98. hi my name is will i live in unitib stats in dallis texes i like your tex and i wood lik to leev a comit to good look.

    • will7272024
  99. Hi Alex,
    my name is Joel and i live in Texas. i wish i could code i think its cool. my question is how are you still able to code despite being blind.
    -Joel

    • joel7562024
  100. Hi Alex,
    My name is Roman and i live in United States. My question is how was coding like , and it must be hard to all of that coding. I think that it is cool that you work with coding, and if you want to find out about me you should visit my blog.

    • roman7552024
  101. hey, my name is Jakobe and i love coding at my school. i know you have difficulties but it does´t stop you from chasing your dreams

    • jk7792024
  102. Alex i hope you get better

    • dakota7902024
  103. my name is evelyn and i live in texas. it amazes me how many perseverance you have be able to code when you can barely see. your story is very interesting and has inspired many people.

    • evelyn7172024
  104. Hey Alex,
    um i live in Texas and i think your story is really cool and i am praying for u and i hope u have a good life

    • amberli7992024
  105. Hi my name is Alyssa, and I live in Texas how are you doing.

    • alyssa
  106. Dear Alex,
    I like how you fought against your blindness and followed your dreams to pursue coding. I also like how you do your work as best as you can and succeed. One question I have is that did people think you couldn’t succeed?

    • Melvin
  107. Hi Alex,
    My name is Savannah from United States. I love how you never gave up and tried hard. Your story is very inspiring to me and many other people. I find it amazing that you learned how to code without even seeing. I can’t even code even when it’s showing me directions for it! Maybe you will invent the next iphone in the future!

    Your Friend, Savannah

    • Savannah
  108. Hi Alex,
    My name is Juliana , your story is very interesting . Coding is very complicated for lots of people, That’s very cool that your able to code

    • juliana5062024
  109. Hi Alex, I am Amanda and I am from the United States. It’s very inspiring how you are able to achieve so much without being able to see. I started learning briefly how to code, and it is really cool. I can imagine how much patients and dedication it must take, but I think it’s amazing how you didn’t let that stop you and you kept coding. I liked reading your story, come visit my blog at 2024akb.edublogs.org.

    • 2024akb
  110. Hi Alex!
    My name is Lynsay. I just finished reading your story and it is so interesting. I find it awesome that even though you were faced with this condition of blindness you were able to push through and continue what you love to do! I have a question, is coding hard? I have never actually coded before but it looks really fun and from reading your story I might have to give it a go. Another question, how many times do you code a day? I bet you do a lot of it since it seems you’re really good at it!
    Happy Holidays
    Lynsay

    • lynsayle2024
  111. Hi Alex,
    My name is Holden and I am 13 years old and I live in California. When you found out you were going blind how did it feel? It must have been hard to adjust to waking up and not being able to see anything. Is it hard to code when you can’t see? Did you learn how to type with know sight quickly or did it take a long time. When you first found out did you take some sort of class that helps you learn how to do your every day things without seeing. What scared you the most knowing you were going to be blind.
    Best wishes,
    Holden

    • Holden
  112. Hey Alex,
    My name is Edan and I live in California. It amazes me how much perseverance you have to be able to code when you can barely see. When I was reading about you I wondered how much patience you have to do this all. Your story is very interesting and has inspired many people. Why did you get into coding? Most kids aren’t like you and they play sports or video games instead of what you’re doing. I know this might be stupid of me to ask, but did you get bullied or do you still get bullied? There is a lot of mean people in the world, but I know you are one of the bright people on Earth. I hope you have an even more successful career than you have already.

    • Edan
  113. Hi Alex, my name is Edan and I am from the United States. My question for you is how hard and how long did it take you to do coding. I would imagine how hard it is to be blind. It must be really hard to work really hard when you are blind. I hope you exceed in what you want to do. I hope you see this comment and reply. Have an amazing day.
    Thanks,
    Edan Dardashti

    • Edan
  114. Hey Alex,
    My name is Eighla and I live in Hawaii. What made you want to do coding? How do you do it? What is your favorite thing about coding? You inspire so many people. I hope you could visit my class blog!
    -hmseighla

    • hmseighla
  115. Hi my name is Andy. I love coding at my school. Your article shows me that even though you have difficulties, you can still follow your dreams.

    • andyt515
  116. Hi Alex,
    My name is Benjamin and I live in California. My question for you is how long did it take you to learn coding. I would imagine that it would take a long time because you have to learn how the format works and what certain commands do. If I was to take up coding how long do you think it would take to figure out everything? I hope you see this comment and reply because I really want to know if coding is a good hobby to take up.

    Thanks,
    Benjamin P

    • Benjamin
  117. Hey Alex, I’m Rylee and I think it’s amazing that you do what you do! I was wondering if sometimes your job gets to be too much work? When I was readin about you I realized that you must have lots of patients in life. What is it like in the day of a life of Alex? If you would like to see some of my blogs come visit my site, http://2024rov.edublogs.org.

    • Rylee
  118. Hey Alex! My name is Ally, but you can call me hilarious. I found this article fascinating. Coding has never been a forté of mine, but despite that I enjoy reading about people who find the ability to do it naturally. After doing this week of the student blogging challenge, and learning about code, I am feeling really enlightened. For example, I know that there is ten types of people on this earth. Those who understand binary code jokes, and those who don’t. I hope you continue to follow your dreams!
    ~ A sadistic

    • Ally
  119. Hi Alex, My name is Jason and I am 12 years old and in 7th grade right now. I can’t believe you learned how to code already in 7th grade, I always wanted to code but I don’t know how. If you can please give me some tips on how to code. If you do reply back I want to know how you lost your vision and how hard is it in life without eyesight. Please reply and come visit my blog at 2024wangj@edublogs.org. Also Happy Holidays!

    • 2024wangj
  120. Hi Alex!
    My name is Meg and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I think that it is very cool how you work with coding. When I tried it for the blogging challenge, I thought that it was very fun, especially since it was the first time that I tried it. What kinds of things did you have to learn to do what you do?

    • Meg
  121. Hello Alex, my name is Kaia I am thirteen and I live North Vancouver, BC I was wondering what your favourite part of your job is and do you find keeping up with school and your job difficult.

    • Kaia
  122. Hi Alex, my name is Angelo
    I think that your story is very interesting and inspiring. It is great that you are doing what you love despite your blindness. I think your job is really cool and I hope that you continue coding.

    • Angelo
  123. Hey Alex! I think that it’s cool that you have a job that’s all about coding! it’s awesome that you do coding, I think its really fun but also challenging! Thanks bye!

    • Emily
  124. Hi Alex
    Your job sounds awesome and so much fun to be able to work with a ton of people. I’m 13 so the only job I have is babysitting. My blog is http://www.blog44.ca/rhiann/ hope you leave me a comment.
    -Rhiann

    • Rhiann
  125. Hi Alex, my name is Azael. I’m 11at Korte Elementary in Independence, MO. I also love coding! For you to be blind doing coding, now that’s impressive. Anyways, can you please send me one of your coding projects; I would like to see it. Also, keep up the coding; one day you will be a coding master and once that happens I will be supporting you all the way!
    From, yours truly Azael

    • azael10
  126. Hi Alex,
    My name is Desmond. I think it is remarkable that even though you are visually impaired you are able to code. I used to have a dream of becoming a coder and I am glad that you are able to pursue your dream.

    • Desmond
  127. Hi, Alex
    My name is Makenna, and I live in the United States. It sounds like you have a big experience for coding. I don’t have a big experience, but I do have a good experience. My experience in coding is that in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, we did this educational coding game. We had to get out of the maze, but we had to use complicating codes. Even though it was difficult, it was really fun. Keep up the good work!
    Sincerely,
    Makenna

    • Makenna
  128. Hi Alex,
    My name is James. I am somewhat like you. I also started HTML Coding in 7th grade. This year I started learning more of the functions and how to use the stylesheet (CSS File) with the HTML console. I mainly use Mozilla Thimble (https://thimble.mozilla.org) but I have also used the Code.org (https://code.org) Web Design Lab which is better than Mozilla Thimble in my opinion. Self-teaching myself HTML with the help of Google Search has not been a challenge. HTML is very easy and anyone can learn it. I have had a lot of “A-Ha” moments when I am thinking after school about coding projects I am working on. From that, I have suddenly thought about linking multiple pages to the “home” file. Once you’ve learned most of the HTML concepts, you start seeing how popular webpage makers such as Google Sites, Weebly, WordPress, and even EduBlogs, use HTML. I definitely see computer science in my future. I have always enjoyed learning with computers and when you finish a coding project it is so inspiring, encouraging, and amazing! I love coding and am currently trying to learn Javascript online (when time permits). I am really fortunate that our school has Technology classes every day. Otherwise, I might not be going the direction I am. I really enjoy math also, which goes to show that I like coding too. I love to solve problems. Even though I am only in 8th grade, I want to learn more about coding. It’s amazing to think that words, symbols, and numbers can make computers work the way they do. As you can see, I am known for lengthy comments, probably because I have been thinking about sending you a comment for a while now, and it is a great opportunity to be able to. Hope your career in computer science is going well.
    Code ON!
    James

  129. Hi Alex! My name is Luke and I am from Sydney, Australia though I have moved. You have inspired me to start coding again. I hope you have a very successful career coding.

    • Luke
  130. Hi Alex! My name is Kiera! That’s amazing how you’ve been ab,e to accomplish so much! You really inspired me to think that there is always another way to do things and work around problems. My parents are both optometrist so they study eyes. Like me, they’re passionate about helping people and it looks like, in a ve don’t the same!

    • Kiera
  131. Hi Alex! My name is Shayann and I’m 12. I live in Hawaii. Yes, far away from most people… But your story is so inspiring! Nothing stopped you from doing what you love. I know want to learn a bit more on coding. Why did you start coding?

    Come and check out my blog!
    http://hmsshayann.edublogs.org/

    Sincerely,
    Shayann

    • hmsshayann
  132. Hi Alex,

    I am so intrigued that you overcame this. I can’t believe that you got a job for coding even though you’re blind. You are an inspiration for me and I hope I can see you one day. I am amazed that you can do regular stuff like any other human being.

    By Hmsnicolas

    Come to see my blog. Here is the link: http://hmsnicolas.edublogs.org/

    • hmsnicolas
  133. Hi Alex, I am Parker. I find it amazing how you have gotten a career in coding!!! I am happy that you have found something to do that makes you happy. I have a question for you though. How do you balance out the school work and the coding? Another thing I find amazing is that you have been able to code like you do it is very inspiring to hear about!!! You can respond to me @ http://2024ptl.edublogs.org Thank you!!

    • 2024ptl
  134. Hi Alex!! My name is Jordyn and I am 14. I live in North Vancouve, BC in Canada. Your story is so inspiriational and really makes me want to get better at coding because, trust me, it is certainly not my forte! I did the one hour of code and it started out pretty easy on the block coding, but when the blocks get added in saying “IF” and “REPEAT”, it literally becomes impossible! I eventually had to get hints and then the answer, hahahahah. How long did it take you to actually get good at coding? What programs are the best to learn? I would really love to know because I find it very interesting. I still can not believe you went from somewhere like where I am at right now with coding, to working with EduBlogs alongside having a visual impairment, it’s simply unbelievable.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story and teaching us, in the blogging challenge, about coding, I hope you get the chance to reply to me comment! Oh! And Happy Holidays! 🙂
    Your Blogging friend, Jordyn

    • Jordyn
  135. Hey Alex!
    I am Kinnu, an 11 year old girl from California! Your story was really inspiring. It’s cool how you can still code even though you are partially blind, and how your blindness is not stopping you from doing the things you love. I am impressed that you work for EduBlogs! I love blogging here! It’s a really nice website that is actually easy to use and free to use (at least some parts of it are). You are an amazing person! Keep up the good work!
    From,
    Kinnu <3

    • kinneratghs2021
  136. Hello, it’s hmsAidenK,
    I am from Hawaii and I am 12. I would like to remark on how amazing it is you are not born blind, you were blinded later you work for a successful blogging website, and how you are still in school. It must’ve been hard to live your life because a part of your life you can see and another portion of your life is you blinded. I am amazed how much work you do despite your disability to not see. I too am in coding and programming. That’s all I wanted to say. Happy holidays.

    • hmsaiden
  137. Hi Alex,
    My name is Finn. Do you have a favourite command (in code), if so what is it and what does it do?
    -Finn

    • Findlay
  138. Hi Alex! My name is Ryden. I am very inspired by your story because I know someone that is very close to me and is blind. How do you manage your time to do your homework and your work?

    Sincerely,
    Ryden

    • Ryden
  139. Hi Alex
    My name is Matthew Telford and I live in Canada. Just like you I started coding in around 7th grade with basic HTML. I really like your story because it must be very hard to code when you can’t see the code well. I was wondering what the biggest struggle of learning code while visually imapared is and if you have any tips on what coding language I should learn next.

    • Matthew
  140. Hi Alex!
    My name is Mia, I’m 12 years old, and I’m from the USA. I think it’s so cool that you are only 17, but you are working in the profession that you love! I was wondering, why did you decide to start coding? Did anything or anyone influence you? Also, I see you mentioned the screen-reader. Do you use a screen-reader? Are you able to customize the voice or is it all the same? I personally don’t enjoy coding as much as you do, but I think it’s so cool how you can save an entire website by typing a few numbers! You are an inspiration to so many people. Keep following your dreams!
    – Mia

    • Mia
  141. Hey Alex!
    My name is Lily and I find it very interesting and inspiring that someone visually impaired can be so successful. It really shows how far dedication and determination can get you even if you have to jump over hurdles to get there. I have some questions for you about your career.
    How do you know which letter/number you are pressing on the keyboard?
    How do you cope with the long hours at work and school?
    What would you say to a person that would like to code but doesn’t have the right resources at home to begin?
    Thank you Alex, have a good day.
    -Lily

    • lilym517
  142. Hi Alex! My name is Lucy. I think your cool because when your coding when blind it seems to be hard but for you I think your used to it.
    I have a great eyesight! but i am sorry for you that you do not have a great eyesight.

    • lucyb517
  143. Hi Alex,
    My name is Jimmy. I think that it’s awesome that you can code and use computers and be blind. I Think coding is cool. What made you start doing coding?

    • jimmye517
  144. Hi Alex,
    My name is Dorar and I’m in Australia. I think it is very cool that you do coding while your blind. I have a perfect eyesight but my mum and 2 sisters have to wear glasses cause they can’t really see that strongly. I just feel bad that you are losing your eyesight. I just hope you the best.
    Thank You.

    • dorara517
  145. Hi Alex! My name is Kamryn. I think that it is very cool that you can use computers and code while being blind. Me as a 13 year old who has fine eyesight can barely use computers like the way you do or code. If you wouldn’t mind answering these questions please reply to my comment. My questions are what exactly happened to your vision and do you have any tips on coding. Please go visit my blog, http://2024kab.edublogs.org/ .

    • 2024kab
  146. Hey Alex,
    My name is Alexa and I am 12. I live in always sunny California. I am amazed by how you got past your blindness. I have never tried coding, but I am thinking about learning how to code now. You story is so interesting. If I were to be blind, I don’t think that I could make something that amazing out of my life. I think that it is so incredible that you are in high school and already have a good job. When you found out that you were going to go blind, how did you react? How did your friends react? What is your favorite school subject? I am so inspired by you and you should know that you are incredible!
    Happy Holidays,
    Alexa

    • Alexa
  147. Hi Alex,
    My name is Aneel, I am from Los Angeles, California. I am 12 years old and in 7th grade. I think it is outstanding that you know how to code, work, and go to school with your disability. What you have done is truly amazing and will be inspiring to many people with disabilities like yours. Good Luck.

    • Aneel
  148. Hi Alex.
    My name is Travis from New Zealand,I do a little bit of coding myself I find it quite fun
    it must be hard being part blind.what is it like being part blind?

    • Travis
  149. Hi Alex,
    My name is Hannah I am 9 and I live in New Zealand Cromwell I’m really impressed on how you don’t let your differences stop you from doing what you love! What inspired you to want to start coding?

    • Hannah
  150. Hi Alex
    My name is Micah I live in New Zealand I am 10 old years and I’m a year 5.
    Is it hard to code. In my opinion it will be hard because i don’t really know where the keys are on the keyboard. I’m glad that you are getting through with a tough situation. From Micah.

    • Micah
  151. Hi Alex,
    My name is Quentin and I am from New Zealand.Coding is one of my favourite things.How do you learn different codes by yourself?How do you manage to code when you’re blind?Reply to me as soon as possible.
    Quentin

    • Quentin
  152. Hey Alex,
    My name is Meia I am 10 years old and I’m from Dunedin, Is it hard to do your job without eyesight? What got you into coding? what do you find easy with no eyesight?
    -Meia

    • Meia
  153. Hi Alex,
    My name is Jojo or hmsjosephine, I’m from Hawaii. I really think your story is amazing and what you have done has inspired a lot of people to work harder and follow their dreams. I can’t imagine how hard it is to learn to code but when you are visually impaired it is really amazing. It must have been hard to grow up with sight then lose it. I have a lot of problems with my eyes but you have had a lot more. After learning about your story I want to try harder to take care of my eyes and learn more about coding.
    Sincerely,
    Jojo

    • Jojo Brittin - Lowe
  154. Hi Alex,
    My name is Alyssa and I am 11 years old. Coding has never been easy for me, so I am so amazed that can do it partially blind. I can’t even do coding and I can see pretty good. I think you are such an inspiration to people of all ages. It’s cool that you take the bad situations and make them better.

    Sincerely Alyssa

    • Alyssa
  155. Hi Alex!
    My name is Angel. I live in Missouri in the United States. I would like to ask you a couple questions. First, How did you get to choose your job and why? Second, Do you like your job? And lastly, how much do you like it? Thank you for letting me ask you some questions.

    • Angel
  156. hi Alex
    My name is Syd; I live in Missouri. I am in 5th grade at Korte Elementary, and I have a few questions for you. First of all, do you have to use a special computer or do you memorize the keys? Is it hard doing some stuff while being blind? Why did you start coding in the first place anyway? Well, thank you for sharing your life story with me.

    , sincerely Syd 🙂

    • sydney
  157. Hola, Alex
    My name is Alexia; I am in Independence, Missouri. I was born and raised in the United States, but my family is from Mexico. I kinda know 3 languages, Spanish, English, and ASL (American Sign language). Why do you like coding so much? I find it difficult. What made you become vision impaired? What do you enjoy the most of coding?

    • Alexia
  158. Hi Alex!
    My name is Kester. I live in Missouri. I have a couple of questions for you. First, how do you feel about your job? Next, who are some important people at your work? And finally, how many conventions have you been to?

    • Kester
  159. Hello Alex.
    My name is Georgie and I live in Independence, Missouri. I go to Korte and my class is replying to your post. Before I read your post I was not that interested in it but after reading your post it got me so interested in coding I did some coding. It was challenging but it is something fun to do when bored.

    • Georgie
  160. Hi Alex,
    I’m Amaya from Independence, Missouri. I thought your story was amazing because you started coding when you were only 16!

    • amayal630
  161. Hi, Alex my name Addie I’m from Korte Elementary in Independence Missouri. I enjoy coding too. I find your story very inspiring.

    • Addie
  162. Hi Alex!
    My name is Abigail and I live in Missouri located in the United States. I love your story about your blindness. I have a question for you, How do use a computer? Do you use the binary code?

    • abigaila3747
  163. Hi Alex,
    My name is Jazzy. I am from Independence, Missouri and I’m 11 years old. What you said proved that even if you’re blind, deaf, mute whatever, you can still follow your dreams.

    • jazzy m
  164. Hi Alex!
    My name is Jasiah and I wanted to say thank you for showing me that anything is possible as long as you try. Despite our differences because nothing is impossible without being possible before you try.

  165. Hey Alex,
    My name is Shonta. I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. I just wanted say I’m glad that even though your going through a tough situation, you still chose to do what you love! I also wanted to ask you what inspired you to want to start coding. Keep up the good work and have a nice day.

    • Shonta
  166. Hi, my name is Xavier, and I am from MO in the USA. I love coding. It’s so cool that you can code like everything. I want to be like you when I am 16. You sound really fun. Have a really nice day.

    • Xavier
  167. Hey Alex, my name is Edward and I’m from the U.S. I think the things that you are doing here are amazing. There’s so many kids out there and I think you’ve been blessed with the gift to code, despite any of the obstacles that come your way! You are such an inspiration to people of all ages everywhere, and your hobbies make you shine above the rest. I hope that you continue to keep doing what you love most. Best regards!

    • Edward
  168. Hey Alex!
    I’m curious as to what inspired you to start learn coding! And what benefit does this have on you! Do you consider yourself a role model to those who want to learn coding and those are being also vision impaired? Let me know!

    • michellecs
  169. Hello Alex! My name is Javier. You’re story is very inspirational. I think knowing how to code is cool and unique. I believe that you will become an amazing person when you grow up and that you will lead this generation in coding.

    • Mojavi Desert
  170. Happy holidays, Alex!
    Your story is truly inspiring and it must be very difficult. It makes my problems seem like the the size of an ant. In fact, your story is so inspiring, I have to make sure that my parents never see it. If they see this, than I will be compared for the rest of my life when I make the slightest peep. It’s still a great story though! I hope wit our new advancements in technology help you gain your sight back, so you can see your works of art.
    Sincerely,
    Kayla

    • Kayla
  171. Hello Alex!
    My name is Kristina. Your story is very inspiring and motivational. I love coding as well. I feel like it helps me escape from everything that is going around me. Staying strong and not letting your disability bring you down, definitely makes you a hero. I have a question for you, do you still like coding as much as you did before your disability? Have a great day, smile more 😀

    • Kristina Glavas
  172. Hello there Alex, my name is Jared and I attend school at Southwest Career and Technical Academy at Las Vegas. I read your story and I must say I’m impressed of how you overcame your problems. Despite having impaired vision, you didn’t let that stop your from your hobby and activities of coding and still kept going! You really have the qualities of someone inspirational! I only hope more people who have problems similar to yours will learn from your story and realize despite their problems, there is always a way to get to their goals and dreams.

    • Jared Diaz
  173. Hi Alex! My name is Yusrah. I live in Nigeria. I am 11 years old.
    Your story is fascinating. I also love coding and would like to learn more about coding.

    • Yusrah
  174. Hi Alex, your story is so incredibly inspirational and emotional! It is so extraordinary that you don’t let your disability get in the way of achieving your goals! I can’t believe that you’re only 17 and have such an important role in Edublogs and incsub You’re such an influential and motivating person, keep striving towards success! What motivated you to become an accessibility developer and system administrator? What is one piece of advice you have for people that want to reach their goals even if they have an obstacle in their way?

    • kimiyacs
  175. Hi Alex, my name is Iman! I am 15 years old and I am also from the United States. I find your story so inspirational because you didn’t let your blindness stop you from pursuing your dream, coding. I have always found coding interesting but I am curious to know what got you into coding? I am so happy and proud of what you’ve accomplished at such a young age. Keep it up!

    • Iman
  176. Your story and your accomplishments is truly inspiring . i find it really cool how you were able to persevere through all of your trials. Have you ever just wanted to give up at some points?

    • csgrace
  177. Hi Alex! My name is Aster. I like your post and good for you. Considering when people are blind they think that they can’t do anything but you something extraordinary. Well life is treating you well and keep doing what your doing!-aster😁

    • aster damtew
  178. Hiya Alex!
    My name is Kallel and I’m currently a freshman in high school. What you’re doing is amazing and proves that no matter where you stand in life, you can always push forward and concur. I hope you realize how many people are inspired by your story and inspired by you. Keep pushing forward!

    Best Wishes,
    Kallel

    • Kallel's Creations
  179. Hey, my name is David and I am a 9th grader in the United States. Your story is very inspiring and I am glad that you found a way to continue your passion. I have never really coded before but it seems pretty fun. Do you sometimes find it hard to balance school and your work?

    • ecsdavid
  180. Hey Alex,
    my name is Sophie,
    I read your post and good for you!
    I am so happy that you have the opportunity to do something that makes you happy.
    I am very impressed with the fact that you have a time consuming job and school to balance.
    I hope you the best and hope all is well.
    -Sophie 😊

    • sophiecs
  181. Hey Alex,
    My name’s Isabella and I’m really impressed on how you don’t let your differences stop you from doing what you love! Everyone here in Las Vegas would love to know more about your story, like hoe did you discover your love of coding?
    Cheers,
    Isa

    • maricheers
  182. Hey Alex! Nice to meet you! My name is Tiffany and I am 14 years old. Your story was really inspiring to myself and many others. I think that it is crazy that you were able to do so many things such as coding even after the incident. I was wondering how you were able to do everything and adapt to the new changes and yet be so successful and hardworking. It is really crazy to me and I can’t believe that it was achievable. Keep up the good work and inspiration!

    • ecstiffany
  183. Hi Alex!
    My name is Sophie and I live in Ohio located in the United States. I am a 7th grader at McDowell Middle School. I have a few questions for you. For one do you have to use a special keyboard to type? Does being blind get in the way of what you do, or does it not affect you? Lastly how did you start doing coding for a living? So those are all my questions and I think you are such an inspiration to viewers of all ages! Keep up the good work and hope to hear from you again in the future! As an addition our advanced language arts class has a blog. I encourage you to check it out if you get the time. Our blog is at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/

    • sophieale2024
  184. Hey Alex!
    Your story is so cool! I think it’s awesome that you didn’t let your disability take over your life.
    Your story kind of reminds me of a girl who I am best friends with and her name is Riley. She is blind as well, but she was blind from birth. Riley plays the piano and flute and she is amazing at it! It’s like your story because you don’t let anything come in the way of you and your dreams and that’s awesome.
    Sincerely, McKinley
    Also come check out my classrooms blog at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/ !

    • McKinley
  185. Hi Alex! My name is Andrew and I am 12 years old. I think that what you are doing is really cool. I also enjoy coding. If you want to visit my blog, here’s the link:
    https://2024amb.edublogs.org

    • Andrew
  186. I think its amazing how inspiring your story is! I hope to have the determination like you one day. If you read this i hope you have a great day! Keep inspiring people!

    • audreycs
  187. Hello Alex, I am Jolica! I just read your post and I thought that it was extremely interesting. It is so cool that you can do what you love, which is coding without your vision. I truly think it is very inspiring that despite being partially blind you still do what you love to do. But I have one question. How do you do coding when you are losing your vision? Do you have a special keyboard that gives you the access to code?

    • Jolica
  188. Hello, I’m Lizeth and I just read your post. I think it’s fascinating that you’re able to do coding even though you don’t have your sight. Coding honestly doesn’t make sense to me, but I have seen someone code, my brother, and I still can’t explain how astonishing it is you can code without sight.

    • Lizeth
  189. Hey Alex,
    My name is Jacquelyn and I’m in 9th grade. I find your story really moving and I’m very inspired by you to always try your best no matter what tries to pull you back! May I ask if you do anything besides coding? What was the hardest thing to adapt to when you became blind? I hope that you become very successful in the future and teach others about your journey as well!

    • jacquelyncs
  190. Hey Alex!

    Thats amazing that you have a great job! You’re truly an inspiration to all of us. That’s awesome how you’re very passionate about your job, and you were able to take the challenges of your job. What’s the most challenging thing, that you had to face? What do you like about your job?

    Cheers,
    Zeph

    • Zeph
  191. Hi Alex!

    Your story is truly inspiring and I find it really cool how you were able to persevere through all of your trials. Have you ever just wanted to give up at some points?

    -April

    • April Ashley Talaro
  192. Dear Alex,
    My name is Razelle, I go to Southwest Career and Technical Academy. It’s a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. I must say knowing what you’ve been through and your accomplishments has been so inspiring. I’m pretty sure you here it a lot but you really do deserve to here it again. I know it probably doesn’t mean much because you don’t know me or anyone that’s praising you personally, but I’m pretty sure the opinions you do care about did not disappoint. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    • razellecs
  193. Hi Alex!

    My name is Cheri and I’m from Las Vegas. So I find it really cool that you’re a professional coder at such a young age even with blindness. Your story is really inspirational and I would like to know what sparked your passion for coding. It would be great if you replied.

    From, Cheri

    • cherry
  194. Hi Alex,
    My name is Sofia and I think it’s really inspirational how you make the best of unfortunate situations. I’m glad you love what you do! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • sofiacs
  195. Dear, Alex,

    Hi my name is Kahu, I’m 14 and from Hawaii. Your story was very inspiring! The fact that you are able to code is amazing! I hope that you continue to do great things. Keep up the good work!

    • Kahu Chung
  196. Hi Alex it was really nice hearing your story! Very inspiring! Hope all is well!

    • sara
  197. Hi Alex,

    I’m Kamiran, currently in High School in Nevada. I started coding with basic HTML in 6th grade but during the transition from 8th grade to 9th grade I began using LUA for game models and Java for my school’s robotics club, as well as some basic HTML for personal projects. I had a question about how you go about actually seeing what you code, I know that screen readers will tell you what you’ve coded but do you have any way of actually visualizing what it looks like when complied?

    • B A Z I N G A
  198. Hey Alex,
    i am Sean and i and truly thinks it really cool what you are doing. Because i am very bad at coding am really respect what you are doing.

    • football
  199. Hi Alex, I have always wonder how does it feel to work through the night? Do you get tired? Is it easier? Is it less busier? These are all my questions for you. Its also really cool to see that even though you struggle with blindness you still persevere to do the things you love. You inspire me to do what I love even if its not always easy. Keep going and working to make the community better slowly we will get there

    • Kendra
  200. Dear Alex,
    I think that it is really amazing that you can support this community even with you seeing troubles. I’m truly inspired on how you put up with things even though it may be hard and you enjoy a challenge. I hope this finds you well!

    • Gavin Mouw
  201. Hi Alex,
    My name is Mari or hmsmarim, and I am from Hawaii. I think it’s incredibly amazing that you are in high school and have a job already. I think it is really cool how you code. I hope you are an expert in coding in your future! When did you start coding? Is coding difficult?
    My Blog
    ~hmsmarim

    • Mari
  202. Hi, it’s hmsleilani,
    I just wanted to say that you are very good at coding. Your job also sounds really fun.
    Come to visit my blog here:
    http://hmsleilani.edublogs.org/

    • hmsleilani
  203. Hi Alex
    My name is Alivia. I’m 15 and in a computer based program at school. Through that, we have done a bit of coding on Swift Playgrounds, which is an app from Apple that teaches people to code. I haven’t done much, but it’s pretty cool. Have you ever done and coding on Swift Playgrounds?
    Happy Holidays!

    • Alivia
  204. Hi, it’s HmsDavid and I’m commenting on your story. So I am David, from Hawaii and I am in 7th grade. I wanted to say that I think it’s really cool that you can have such a great job being blind and am able to do that job very well because coding is a very hard thing to do.
    From HmsDavid
    http://hmsdavidb.edublogs.org/

    • hmsdavid
  205. Hi Alex,
    My name is Danielle, and I am from California. I truly think it is very inspiring that despite being partially blind you still do what you love to do. When you are at work, is there someone who reads all of the code to you? My other question is, do you have a special keyboard or have you memorized the regular keyboard? Lastly, how do you know if the website is broken, or does someone tell you or do you figure it out on your own? I think it is amazing that you are only 17 years old and already have a job as a coder. I have tried coding before, but the only thing that I have made is a colorful spiral that moves. Coding is not my favorite, but last year I took a coding class and we made interesting things.

    Sincerely,
    Danielle

    • Danielle
  206. Hi, am hmsjenny. I am 12 years old. I love how you have a lot of passion for your story. I think that it takes a lot of courage to code and be a student when you are blind.
    Check out my blog site!
    hmsjenny

    • hmsjenny
  207. Hi Alex,
    My name is Jacqui and I am from Los Angeles, Ca. I am 13 and love to golf. What is your favorite sport? I read about you above, and I can not believe what you have been through. Do you every get frustrated not being able to see very well? What was it like loosing your vision in high school? What do you like to do in your spare time? What made you get in to coding? Your story is very inspiring. How do you use a computer when you cant see very well? Do you have other people read the writing to you. How long have you had your job as a coder? It is really amazing that even though you are visually impaired you are still doing what you love. I would love to get a reply from you.
    From,
    Jacqui

    • Jacqui
  208. Hey Alex,
    I’m hmskaya! I just read some stuff about you, and I think you’re awesome! How can you go to school, then go to work, and be blind at the same time?! What obstacles did you go through? Also, is coding hard? When did you start learning how to code? What inspired you to start coding? I hope you reply back! Hope you have a great day/night!
    From,
    hmskaya

    • hmskaya
  209. Hi Alex!
    My name Is hmsjack. I am from Hawaii! I just want to say that it is really cool on how you can code as a seventeen-year-old for Edu Blogs when you are blind. I think its really inspiring and really amazing that you can do something like this. It’s hard for me to code so I think that it’s really awesome that you can do it.

    • hmsjack
  210. Hi Alex,
    I found your post inspiring.Is it hard to to your job when you are blind
    ?.I read your post that you did it was great.I think coding is fun.It is incredible how you can do your job with no eye sight.I wish you the best.By Yasmin.

    • Yasmin
  211. Hi Alex
    My name is Ashley I am 9 years old I live in New Zealand in Cromwell I think it is really cool how you do coding with your disability. I find coding fun but sometimes hard I would like to know more I hope you never give up and good luck.

    • Ashley
  212. Hi Alex!

    My name is Payton and I am a student taking part in the Blogging Challenge. When I read about your career with coding, I was very impressed. Last year, I was in 6th grade and I took coding for part of a year. When I was in the class, I enjoyed coding, but I also got very frustrated at some times. Coding was very challenging, but whenever I completed something, I was very proud. So when I read your story, I could not believe you taught yourself how to do all of it. The best thing I could code was a small game with a flying pig and fireballs. Do you ever code games? I think it is really impressive that you have a job with coding at such a young age. I agree with you, and I believe it is very important that every site should be accessible to all people. It is very amazing that you are helping others like you.

    From,
    Payton
    https://paytong9.blogspot.com/

    • Payton
  213. Dear Alex, reading your story about being a blind coder was very amazing and awesome. I think it is incredible that you can code, (which is incredibly difficult already), despite a hinderance which you have clearly managed to overcome. Now my question is, what is the most impressive thing in your opinion that you’ve coded? I am very interested and hope to hear a response. Thank you.
    -Gable

    • Gable Coe
  214. Hi Alex,
    My name is Maya. I’m 12 years old and live in Los Angeles, California. I think it is awesome that even though you lost your sight you keep on doing what you love. Do you enjoy working for a big company? Personally, I don’t love coding but I think that it is necessary for our growing technical, environment. Do you code by memorizing the keyboard and commands? Was it difficult adjusting to a life style where you can’t see very much. I think that it’s so inspiring that you still code! Also, one final question, how are you reading this? Keep doing what you love. Sincerely,
    Maya

    • Maya
  215. Hi Alex,
    My name is Layton from New Zealand. I would like to know what interested you into coding?

    • Layton Davis
  216. Hi Alex
    My name is Dominic I live in Cromwell New Zealand I find coding a little bit hard play I can code I do quite a bit of gaming in my

    • van
  217. Hi Alex,
    My name is Tabitha and I am originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania but I grew up most of my childhood in North Port, Florida. I am currently 12 years old and I am in 7th grade. I think it is amazing that you are capable of working for edublogs and coding with your disability. I really enjoy coding because I believe it is a fun thing to do in my spare time. Your story is very inspiring and shows that you won’t give up because of challenges thrown in your path. Do you have any trouble in daily life due to being partially blind? I wish the best of luck to you.

    • 2024tjr
  218. Salutations Alex!

    I am hmschase and I am from Hawaii! I just wanted to say that it is amazing how you can manage to code while being blind. I think that that is really cool! Coding seems a bit hard for me but it also looks pretty cool!

    From,
    hmschase

    • hmschase
  219. Hi Alex, my name is Grace and I’m 13 years old and I live in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. I was wondering if it was hard to adjust to having no eye sight? Did you ever feel helpless? I know I would if I couldn’t see anything.
    Sincerely,
    Grace

    • Grace
  220. Hello My name is Samantha and, I am 12 year old .I read about you and I thought it was cool that you can do things you love and having a difficult thing just come in your way and you just block it out and continue . Thank you for showing lot of people you can do anything even if something put you down .

    • Samantha
  221. Hi Alex! My name is Kaylie, I’m 12, and from Pennsylvania in the USA. I think it’s really awesome that you found a way to still do what you love even though you are blind. How are you able to do your job while still being in school? That sounds like a really tricky thing to do. Anyway, the fact that you are still able to do what you love has shown me that I can do a lot, so thank you for that. It was super nice talking to you, keep doing what you’re doing, because you are probably doing a great job.

    • 2024knk
  222. Hi Alex,
    My name is Gabriella and I am from the U.S. You are really inspiring. Being partially blind blocks people from doing anything, but not you. You can code! That is amazing, coming from someone that can’t code. Hearing your story made me feel like nothing can stop me, thank you.
    Your Friend,
    Gabriella

    • Gabriella
  223. Hi Alex,
    My name is Sawyer, I am 13 years old and I live in the USA. I am commenting to you in regards to the week 9 blogging challenge, one of the tasks is to leave a comment to you. I chose that task because I think your story is really cool. A question I have is how do you you work on a computer being blind? Also, I was was wondering what it is like to navigate everyday life being blind? That’s is it for now talk to you later.
    Sincerely,
    Sawyer

    • Sawyer
  224. Hi Alex,
    My name is Olivia and I live in Ohio. My mom is a computer teacher and she also does coding . I think it is really cool that you are coding even though you are blind. At my school we have a student and she is blind as well. She is really good at playing the piano. I think it is really amazing that you can code even with your blindness.

    Best of luck,
    Olivia

    • Olivia
  225. Hello Alex,
    I am Mia from the U.S. I was very interested in how you became a coder! I understand it must be tough at times, being partially blind and all. I just wanted to let you know that you are very brave and accomplished. I’d love to see some of the things you’ve coded! I’m in awe and your an inspiration for all the blind kids, out there.
    Keep on inspiring,
    -Mia

    • Mia
  226. Hi Alex,
    My name is Anders from Canada. I think coding would be so fun as a job and would be very interesting having a new challenge every day. It is very inspiring that you learnt how to code despite being vision impaired. Why did you start coding in grade 7?

    • Anders
  227. Hi Alex,
    I read your post I find it fascinating how you make time for your job on the day to day basis with school aswell, its crazy because you are only 17! Wow! This is very inspiring and your story is crazy. <3
    ~Lauren🌻💫

    • Lauren
  228. Hey Alex!
    My name is Holly! I’m 13 years old and from Canada. I’m very impressed with how well you can code. What do you think your life would be like if you didn’t code?

    • Holly
  229. Hi Alex,
    I am Noah from Canada. Your job sounds really interesting and I was wondering how much coding do you have to do in a day to make sure that everything is running smoothly?

    • Noah
  230. Hi Alex! Wow when I read that you work at night and go to school in the day I was like thats so cool from what I’ve read you are one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met, and to work in a coding office at 17! You are amazing! Bye! From Kira 🇨🇦

    • Kira Hutchinson
  231. Hi Alex my name is Brenton from Canada. How do you do the typing with your impaired vision? Is it braille? How do you find mistakes?

    • Brenton
  232. Hi Alex,
    I find it really inspiring that you continue to do something as demanding as coding when you have a problem with your eye sight. I wish you the best of luck in your current and future endeavours.
    -Ryan

    • Ryan
  233. Hi Alex! My name is also Alex and I am from Canada. I think that it’s really inspiring that you can do what you love even though there are some obstacles that may stop you from doing that. What inspired you to start coding?

    -Alex

    • Lexie
  234. Hi Alex,
    I’m Anthony from Canada, It’s awesome that despite your impairment you still have a job and can still stay determined to do your best.

    • Anthony
  235. Hi Alex! My name is Felix and I think your story is amazing. The way you persevered even though you are losing your eye sight is incredible. I hope you have a great day.

    • Felix
  236. Hi, my name is Yasmin and I live in the United States of America. I think it is so cool that you can code even though you are blind. What is your favorite type of coding? Why do you enjoy coding so much, what is your motivation to keep going? You are such an inspiration to me. It is amazing that even though you are blind you can still do something that you love.

    • Yasmin
  237. Dear Alex
    I think that it is very cool that you can work with you being partially blind. I have started to code a little and I am going to take a coding class soon. I have also tried to memorize where the keys are on the computer. Do you have to? I hope I get a reply. If you want to see my blog it’s at https://ethan44.blogspot.com/. Nice talking to you.

    • Ethan
  238. Hi Alex,
    I’m Kristina from California, and I was wondering how did you self-teach yourself coding? It sounds hard, do you have any tips for a starter? Also, what’s your everyday task and how does coding help things stay online. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration! Enjoy your holidays!

    • Kristina
  239. Hi Alex that is so cool that you can’t see very well, but you still do what you love which is awesome! you have given everyone inspiration to believe anything is possible. thank you!

    • makayla
  240. Hi my name is Austin and I’m from California. I think it is really nice that you’re able to do what you do. I hope you can keep on doing in code.
    – Austin

    • Austin
  241. Hello my Name is No and I am from the united states of America and I want to say that your story is very inspirational to read about and teaches me that coding is a career I can achieve.

    • 1noer
  242. Hi Alex, My name is Mason. I think it is really cool how you are working on edublogs. I think it is awesome you taught yourself how to code. You are super inspirational. Keep up the good work.

    • 2024maa
  243. Hello I am sky I have a question for you was it ever hard at school when it is reading time??

    • mcnabsky
  244. Hello Alex, my name is legend smith and I am 10 years old, I am so inspired how you do what you love even now your partially blind. I have one question for you do you blog. I wish you luck bye comment me at smithleg.edublogs.org

    • smithleg
  245. Hello my name is Ciara and I am from Australia, I think it is really cool that you can still do what you love when you are partially blind. This has made me think that I can do anything so thank you.

    • ciarat518
  246. Hi Alex my name is Alex as well,coding is really fun its cool how you can code in all those styles

    • Alex
  247. Hi Alex,
    My name is Eileen and I am from Victoria, Australia. I am in Grade 5 this year and I am 10 years old. I have read about you and it is unbelievable how you are still working without sight. Working at Edublogs must be challenging and it is extremely great how you can keep on working. You are an inspiration to me. I hope there is a away to get your sight back. I wonder how you can use the computer when you are blind and how you are such a good worker. Nice talking to you. I hope I get a reply.

    Thanks from Eileen,

    P.S I wish the best for you.

    • eileenl518
  248. Hi Alex,
    I’m Zoe from Canada, and I think that’s so cool! I love how you inspire others, including myself, to preserve. What is your favourite form of coding to code? ( HTML, Java, Shell, ect.)

    • Zoe Wooles
  249. What a great week Week 9 is: so inclusive.
    Great to hear Alex’s inspiring story.
    What a clever idea to link the Student Blogging Challenge to the ‘Hour of Code’!
    I look forward to reading this week’s student posts.

    • Merry Beau
  250. Hi, Alex!
    My name is Mrs. Wohlafka, and I am a commenter for Student Blogging Challenge. I live in East Northport, New York.
    I think it is great that you have a job as a coder, because that is such an important field. I am a children’s librarian, and I am happy to say that many school librarians teach coding to their students.

    • Mrs. Wohlafka

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