Apple makes coding curriculum accessible for deaf and blind students

Federico Mansilla
May 17, 2018

In a press release, the company today announced their decision to team up with "leading educators" for deaf and blind communities throughout the U.S. to bring "accessible coding" to their classrooms.

CEO Tim Cook said that the program was in line with the company's commitment to accessibility. "We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology".

Apple's mission is to make products as accessible as possible. "We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities". Presumably, Apple will work with these educators to refine the platform before making it available more widely. "Whether for fun or future employment, learning the language of technology can offer tremendous opportunity to everyone".

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The program was announced on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. With teacher guides and lessons, students learn the basics on iPad with Swift Playgrounds which lets you use real code to solve puzzles and control characters with just a tap, to App Development with Swift to help aspiring app developers build their first iOS apps.

Apple has also announced that all of its retail stores will play host to accessibility-related workshops for customers throughout May. On May 17 Apple corporate locations in Cupertino, Austin, Cork and London will also hold events.

The company recently highlighted a few of the ways that it has worked to make life easier for people with disabilities.

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