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    Does anybody know any quadriplegics who majored in computer engineering or anything computer related?
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 04-10-2013, 07:50 AM. Reason: clarify question

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    We have a number of computer professionals here on our forums. I took the liberty of changing the title of your post as it is unlikely to garner the responses you seek.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      c5-8 t2&3 incomplete quad and a bioinformatics major. it'd be best to elaborate on what you need
      "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
      http://www.elportavoz.com/

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      • #4
        I'm a C-4 quad with no finger movement and I just want to know if it's possible to major in computer engineering?

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        • #5
          Younge,

          Regarding "... C-4 quad ... possible to major in computer engineering ..." - yes, it absolutely is possible.

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          • #6
            Do you know any people who have done it?

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            • #7
              My C4/5 quad husband is a computer programmer, and he has no arm/finger movement at all. He can shrug his shoulders and turn his head, that's all. He uses a mouthstick to type. It certainly can be done!
              Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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              • #8
                Can he work from home and how long did he take to finish the degree if you don't mind me asking?

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                • #9
                  He is retired now, but he worked in an office for most of the time, occasionally working from home but his workplace frowned on that so he only worked from home if he was too ill to go to the office (or if he had a bowel or bladder incident at work mid-day and then would go home to clean up and finish the day from home). He did BA first and then took a one year course in programming that was specifically geared towards people with disabilities.
                  Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                  • #10
                    Oh ok. Did he enjoy his job? I'm trying to find out what to major in.

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                    • #11
                      Liked it a lot. Very flexible, very accommodating for a disabled person. An ideal career for a quad in many ways because all that really matters is the code that you write when you get down to it. If you'd like I can hook you up by email to him. PM me if you'd like to talk to him.
                      Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                      • #12
                        if you enjoy solving puzzles then programming is for you. also it requires thinking in a new language and making sure everything is logical and flows
                        "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
                        http://www.elportavoz.com/

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                        • #13
                          zilla..I give a HUGE THUMBS UP!!!! Way to go! I did everything from working with punched cards to project management/implementations all around the country until my accident. I LOVED that work.

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                          • #14
                            On possible misconception you may have is that you need some sort of ability to type quickly and be a good coder. Nothing could be further from the truth. Writing software is all about quality and not quantity. I am not a quad but have coded and managed software engineers since the late 80s. There is a dire shortage of skilled people with excellent, hell even good computer science skills that if you have the brain for it you will be able to get a job making excellent money.

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                            • #15
                              I'm AB and I can't type worth a cr@p. Some at work make fun of me because I delete as many characters as I type. Can't do musical fingering either. I hate modern keyboards where you basically have to hold your fingers up all day. I type best on an old fashioned manual typewriter.
                              I wasn't interested in computing until GUIs and OO came out. Then it became more about designing and less about memorizing syntax and typing. Ability to learn fast, focus on very complex problems, and troubleshoot are the best attributes of a SW engineer.

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