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Episode 205: Considering Accessibility & Assistive Tech as a Python Developer

The Real Python Podcast

May 17, 2024 1h 1m

Audrey van Breederode
Audrey van Breederode

What’s it like to learn Python as a visually impaired or blind developer? How can you improve the accessibility of your Python web applications and learn current guidelines? This week on the show, Real Python community member Audrey van Breederode discusses her programming journey, web accessibility, and assistive technology.

Audrey shares her background as a system administrator and instructor. While she was learning Python, she discovered Real Python. Audrey provided some feedback about the built-in video player’s accessibility. Dan reached out and worked with Audrey on some website improvements for the visually impaired.

We discuss navigating modern websites and using assistive technology. Audrey also provides resources Python developers can use to improve the accessibility of their applications.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Work background
  • 00:08:30 – Language for assistive tools and programming
  • 00:10:30 – What led you to learning Python?
  • 00:13:48 – Screen readers, braille display, and white space
  • 00:17:22 – Discovering Real Python
  • 00:22:41 – Accessibility survey and navigating websites
  • 00:30:04 – Digging deeper into learning Python
  • 00:35:42 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:37:03 – Navigating changes in code
  • 00:39:53 – Working with the terminal
  • 00:42:14 – Accessibility of Python GUI libraries
  • 00:44:22 – Django framework
  • 00:47:11 – Screen readers and JAWS
  • 00:53:19 – What are you excited about in the world of assistive technology?
  • 00:57:03 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:59:11 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:00:09 – Thanks and goodbye

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