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Web Development = Independence

As a web developer, I have become addicted to the feeling of conceptualizing, creating and implementing web designs. That moment when I first created a basic web page in college, I felt empowered. Puppeteering a powerful tool to compose an idea I had in my mind gave me a strong sense of control. That’s one of the many aspects that I love about web development and Internet Technology; the control and freedom that it provides.

Growing up, I helped take care of my Grandmother who was a quadriplegic since she was 33 years old. I got first-hand experience in the limitations that she dealt with every day and how she would take every moment that presented itself to be independent. One of my favorite moments was the time that I put a laptop in front of her and she was able to type a sentence with a stylist. There was a smile on her face when she was able to see what she had written.

These memories came to mind when I read an article by Blake Watson, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, called “Empower Through Web Development”. He wrote about how he felt the first time he wrote his first lines of code,

"I FELT THE POWER COURSING THROUGH MY VEINS AS I FTP-ED MY SITE TO MY SHINY NEW WEB SERVER UNDER MY VERY OWN DOMAIN NAME. MY MIND JUMPED INTO THE FUTURE, IMAGINING MY VAST WEB EMPIRE."

I can guarantee that these were not the same thoughts that ran through my Grandmother’s mind years ago, but the sensation of independence and possibility rang true.

Web development brings forth opportunity in other ways as it also provides a source of employment for those with disabilities. In Blake’s article, he urges everyone (with or without disabilities) to “consider working on the web. Whether you draw, write, design, or code, there’s something here for you. This big web we’re building for everyone should be built by everyone.”  

This makes sharing and shaping ideas easier and cultivating an environment with diverse perspectives. Producing solutions for tasks that we may not have realized are not achievable to all.

Published
August 14, 2018
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