Apple to offer coding tools for blind students in UK

Apple is partnering with the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) to launch a new coding programme for blind students, reports The Telegraph.

Apple’s head of accessibility, Sarah Herrlinger, will use the Bett technology trade show in London on 24 January to outline the company’s plans to make coding tools available to blind children in schools. Students will be introduced to Swift, the iOS coding language used on iPhones, through the ‘Everyone Can Code’ scheme.

The Swift Playgrounds coding education software has integrated accessibility voice overs to talk to blind users during games and exercises.

The scheme will also provide schools with braille-based books with diagrams and instructions on how the coding program levels work.

The software will be made available to all UK schools taking part in the Apple coding scheme.