Apple has announced that its Everyone Can Code course materials are now accessible to students who are blind and deaf.
Everyone Can Code teaches coding in Swift, a programing language. The simple, fun coding lessons can be modified to suit students from kindergarten to college. It’s also fun to use, because it lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it - as the user types on the left, he or she immediately see the result on the right.
Apple collaborated with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make Everyone Can Code as accessible as it can be. Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the program was in line with the company’s commitment to accessibility. “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.”
The accessibility features have been warmly welcomed by the participating schools.
The accessibility initiative was 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.