[Nfbc-info] Blind Students: Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds Tactile Puzzle Worlds

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired lhnews at lighthouse-sf.org
Thu Jan 24 22:14:43 UTC 2019

Today San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind announced a collaboration with Apple to make learning to code more accessible to students who are blind or have low vision. LightHouse's Media and Accessible Design Lab<http://lighthouse-sf.org/braille-and-accessible-design/> (MAD Lab) has created Swift Playgrounds Tactile Puzzle Worlds compatible with Swift Playgrounds, a free, fun and accessible iPad app aimed at teaching students to code. The MAD Lab has designed 47 tactile layouts corresponding with the 3D puzzle worlds found in Learn to Code 1.
These tactile graphics enable students to better orient and navigate their way through Swift Playgrounds by touch. The materials supplement the accessible in-app coding experience, and include Unified English Braille (UEB) and large print text, with high-contrast and embossed tactile graphics in order to be universally accessible. The collaboration is all part of Apple's Everyone Can Code<https://www.apple.com/education/teaching-code/#accessibility> program, an accessible curricula aimed at bringing coding into more classrooms.
Learn more! http://lighthouse-sf.org/2019/01/22/swift-playgrounds-tactile-puzzle-worlds/?

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