Apple teams up with educators to bring Everyone Can Code for blind and deaf students

May 17, 2018, 5:43 am

Shreeya G.

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Everyone Can Code by Apple will bring back hopes in the life of blind and deaf students as Apple has taken a step forward to contribute towards a social cause. According to the sources Apple will soon be teaming up with leading educators for blind and deaf communities across the US to bring accessible coding to their school.

Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible.  We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology. We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities. – Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Students Learn CodeApple has come up with an idea for comprehensive Everyone Can Code curricula so that the students from kindergarten to college can learn and write using Swift. Students can even learn from iPad with Swift Playgrounds. Swift Playgrounds lets users use real code to solve puzzles and control characters with just one tap.

Recently Apple collaborated with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make Everyone Can Code to be accessible to everyone. The company will be working closely with schools to augment the curricula as needed. This will further include providing additional tools and resources such as tactile maps to enhance the understanding of the coding environment for non-visual learners.

As the largest educator within the visually impaired community, Hadley knows firsthand how important Apple’s technology is in making daily living easier and more enjoyable. Now, partnering with Apple, we are excited to help even more people learn how to code. Whether for fun or future employment, learning the language of technology can offer tremendous opportunity to everyone. – Julie Tye, president and CEO of the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Texas School StudentEveryone Can Code is curricula equipped with the VoiceOver feature with the help of screen reading technology for people who are either blind or have low vision. The voiceover is gesture-based screen reader which describes everything happening on the users’ screen. For the people who are deaf or hard of hearing the accessibility features include FaceTime which can capture every gesture and facial expression, Type to Siri, closed captions, LED Flash for alerts, Mono Audio and made for iPhone hearing aids.

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