Apple is expanding its Everyone Can Code initiative to schools with support for students with certain disabilities

Eight schools are going to kick off this initiative.

  • Published: May 18, 2018 10:47 AM IST

Apple is looking to make children take up coding for a young age and to that effect they introduced the Everyone Can Code a while back. This initiative would essentially introduce young students to coding through the use of Swift Playgrounds iPad app. And after expanding all over for a while, Apple has announced on its website that it is now coming to quite a few schools across the US and with special support for students with vision, hearing, and other assistive needs arising out of disabilities.

The list includes eight schools who will be taking the lead in the accessibility support initiative which include schools for deaf and blind in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

In the press release, Apple said, “Apple collaborated with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make Everyone Can Code as accessible as possible and will work in close coordination with schools to augment the curricula as needed”

“This will include providing additional tools and resources such as tactile maps to enhance the understanding of coding environments for non-visual learners,” it added. The company intends to use the VoiceOver screen-reading technology as a significant part of this initiative and would help make it more accessible.

The announcement coincided with Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Apple held multiple events at its corporate locations around the world, and said that it plans to hole more accessibility related events down the line.

CEO Tim Cook said, “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.”

  • Published Date: May 18, 2018 10:47 AM IST