Apple to bring accessible coding to schools for blind, deaf children around the world
May 20, 2018
Technology company Apple wants to teach students with disabilities the language of technology. With this aim in mind, it is bringing an accessible coding programme to schools for deaf and blind children around the world. It will start with schools in the United States.
From this year, schools in the U.S working with students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curriculum for Swift, which is Apple's intuitive programming language.
Apple says it wants to make products as accessible as possible. It has created the Everyone Can Code curriculum so that students from kindergarten to college and beyond can learn and write code using Swift.
There are teacher guides and lessons to help students learn the basics on iPad with Swift Playgrounds. This lets them use real code to solve puzzles and control characters with just a tap.
It can also help aspiring app developers build their first iOS apps. Apple says it has worked with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make Everyone Can Code as accessible as possible.