Apple is making its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum available to blind and deaf students in a new partnership with several U.S. schools. With these courses, Apple wants to empower students with assistive needs to learn Swift, their streamlined yet powerful programming language.
Everyone Can Code teaches Swift through Apple’s accessible and easy-to-use iPad app Swift Playgrounds. The program helps children with disabilities develop crucial 21st-century skills. Apple will provide schools with additional resources to adapt the lessons to the individual needs of their students.
Apple announced the partnership on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (the third Thursday of May), which aims to promote discussion, thinking, and learning around digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Everyone Can Code is set to be deployed in schools across California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.
The Everyone Can Code program first made its mark at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.