Photo: Apple's CEO with Nyle DiMarco react to a robot dance sequence created by a student using swift Playgrounds. Nyle DiMarco is a model, actor and activist who attended the Maryland School for the Deaf. Click on image to enlarge.
Apple announced today that they're teaming up with leading educators for blind and deaf communities across the US to bring accessible coding to their schools. Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple's powerful and intuitive programming language.
Apple created the comprehensive Everyone Can Code curricula so students from kindergarten to college and beyond can learn and write code using Swift. 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.
Tim Cook, Apple's CEO: "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."
Image Above: iOS makes it easy to access features like VoiceOver and Switch Control by triple-clicking the Home button or side button on iPhone X.
Apple further noted that "The schools will tailor lessons using Apple's groundbreaking accessibility technology, which has changed the lives of millions of people with vision, hearing, physical motor, cognitive or other assistive needs. 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." For more on this, read the full press release here.
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