Apple Everyone Can Code
On the eve of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple announced its Apple Everyone Can Code program now open to students with disabilities. This program initially launched in the US at some schools who are serving the visually challenged and deaf communities.
Starting from this fall, US schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will begin teaching the Everyone Can Code module for Swift.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 17, 2018
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said, 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 plan to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.
Steps and process of the program
In this program, students first learn the basics on iPad with Swift Playgrounds which give them a chance to use real code to solve puzzles and control characters with just a tap. Besides encouraging for App Developers with Swift, it can also help aspiring app designers to build their first iOS applications.
Before starting this program, tech giant 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.
The Apple Everyone Can Code program is compatible with VoiceOver, an advanced screen-reading technology for people who are visually challenged. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that explains about everything occurring on your screen.
Apple said, Everyone Can Code can also helpful for students with physical motor limitations through Apple’s built in Switch Control, which enables switches, joysticks and other adaptive devices to control what is on your screen.