Apple brings accessible coding to schools for visually challenged, hearing impaired students

Mindy Sparks
May 18, 2018

Everyone Can Code, which is focused on getting students of all ages started with coding, from kindergarten to beyond college. Beginning this autumn, United States schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the "Everyone Can Code" curricula for Swift - Apple's intuitive programming language, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said in a statement on Thursday. This initiative would essentially introduce young students to coding through the use of Swift Playgrounds iPad app.

"Apple's mission is to make products as accessible as possible", Tim Cook says in the announcement.

The upcoming expansion of the Everyone Can Code program will include "groundbreaking" accessibility technology in addition to Apple's own accessibility tools and device features.

“Our students were tremendously excited at our first Everyone Can Code session earlier this year, ” said Bill Daugherty, superintendent at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin. Apple will help in this effort by providing additional resources as needed.

To name a few examples, blind individuals will have access to VoiceOver, an advanced screen-reader, while deaf individuals will use FaceTime, LED Flash for Alerts, and Type to Siri to absorb the curriculum. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that describes almost everything happening on your screen, and is the most popular screen-reading technology of any mobile technology platform1.

The company is also marking today's Global Accessibility Awareness Day with events in its retail and corporate locations.

Physical and Motor Skills: Switch Control, Voice control with HomePod, AssistiveTouch, Activity and Workout apps on Apple Watch, Accessibility Keyboard.

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