Apple welcomes deaf and blind students to Everyone Can Code initiative

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Everyone Can Code
Apple is doing its bit for Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
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Apple has been pretty outspoken about bringing coding classes to everyone — and that most assuredly includes the deaf and blind communities, too.

Timed to coincide with Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has revealed that it is making it easier for students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs to take part in its Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift.

“Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible,” said Tim Cook. “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.”

As such, Apple has created a range of assistive aids for schools with blind and deaf students wanting to teach Swift. This will include features like Apple’s screen-reading technology VoiceOver as well as Switch Control, which enables different input devices to be used to control what happens on screen.

Opening up its curriculum

Most significantly, Apple is expanding the course to a variety of schools serving blind and deaf students in the U.S. These include:

Apple will also be hosting accessibility-themed events around the world at Apple Stores. Since 2017, Apple has held over 10,000 accessibility sessions across the globe. Good for Apple!