Apple making Everyone Can Code curriculum accessible to blind and deaf students

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 17, 2018

Apple today announced that it is teaming up with educators to bring its "Everyone Can Code" initiative to schools for people who are deaf, blind and have other assistive needs.

A Swift training program which begins in kindergarten schools, Everyone Can Code started out as a free ebook (available here, with teachers' guide) before being rolled out to colleges around the world, including a huge rollout in Chicago ...

It has been piloted at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, where superintendent Bill Daugherty said that students had been "tremendously excited" by the first session.

According to them, the mission of Apple is to make the technology closer to the people.

In addition to existing iOS accessibility features, Apple is augmenting the Everyone Can Code curricula with tools and resources targeted at students with visual and hearing impairments. "We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology".

It has been warmly welcomed by the participating schools. Using this gesture-based tech, people can learn to code without having to actually see the screen.

Apple made the announcement in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which takes place on the third Thursday of May.

Apple has a history of developing devices and programs geared towards those with disabilities. Apple will also hold similar events at its corporate offices in Cupertino, Auston, Cork, and London on May 17.

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