Kids with vision impairment taught coding in accessible workshop

Post date: 
Friday, 14 October 2016
Kids enjoying interactive activities at coding workshop

An expert team of coders hosted a workshop to teach children with vision impairment coding skills to join a work experience programme and eventually get a job in technology.

Supported by the knowledge and experience of, the BBC, CoderDojo, and other technology and business organisations, 50 children with vision impairment from St. Vincent's specialist school for sensory impairment got the chance to learn to code in a fun and interactive way.
The primary motivation for this event was the lack of available resources for children with vision impairment who want to learn to code. Speaking from experience, Ben Mustill Rose, a developer with vision impairment who works at the BBC, says:

“Programmes that teach coding fundamentals, like Scratch, are inaccessible to children with vision impairment as they are based on visuals. This means that if you’re blind, you have to get into text programming straight away, which puts many children off.”

Another goal of the project is to build awareness among the next generation of sighted developers - starting with children who attend CoderDojo and other coding clubs - of accessibility issues including the fact that not everyone sees a website in the same way.

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