Accessible curricula and tools for K-12 computing education
  • AccessComputing, November 23, 2020
    Presenter: Kayla Brown (UW)
    Kayla Brown talks about what it means to be disabled, looks at some key moments for the disability rights movement, and discusses common tropes for characters with disabilities in the media. Learn about the medical and social models of disability, examine the history of disability and the disability rights movement in the United States and how this has impacted perceptions of disability, and identify common tropes in the media that negatively portrays disability.

  • Microsoft, University of Washington CREATE, and University of Colorado’s Coleman Institute; November 18, 2020
    Speaker: Andreas Stefik
    A discussion of new research dedicated to making Computer Science education learning experiences more accessible for people with disabilities.

  • AccessCSforAll, November 12, 2020
    Presenter: Anna Kirkpatrick (Georgia Tech)
    Anna shares her personal journey of finding and making tools to allow her to write code efficiently. She discusses her use of inexpensive eye tracking hardware marketed for video games, provides an overview of the open source software project OptiKey, recounts the development of a custom OptiKey keyboard specifically for writing code, and discusses the text editor vim and how features of vim interface well with eye gaze input.

  • AccessCSForAll, September 10, 2020
    Presenter: Andreas Stefik (Univ of Nevada Las Vegas)
    AP Computer Science Principles and other K-12 curricula include units covering using and interpreting data. Ensuring that data, and even data science, is accessible to students with disabilities is not a trivial problem. In this webinar, AccessCSforAll PI and inventor of the Quorum programming language Andreas Stefik shared the approach used in the Quorum programming language.

  • AccessCSforAll, August 04, 2020
    Presenters: Janette Barrios and Jordyn Castor (Apple)
    Explore the latest accessible coding resources for iPad and Mac, including free iPad app Swift Playgrounds, accessible curriculum, tactile graphics, videos in American Sign Language, and resources that support students with disabilities at various stages and age - including fun activities like flying drones and dancing robots! Coding is an essential skill for helping all students thrive in a technology-driven future - it unlocks creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths. Learn how easy and fun it can be to code!

  • AccessINCLUDES, June 18, 2020
    Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler, Terrill Thompson, and Brianna Blaser (DO-IT)
    How can you ensure that individuals with disabilities feel welcome and are able to participate in your classes, meetings, and other online activities? This virtual capacity building institute (CBI) addressed a variety of accessibility including universal design in online learning; accessibility of websites, documents, video, and vendor products; and accessibility and universal design of online meetings.

  • AccessCSforAll, February 11, 2020
    Speaker: Lauren Milne (Macalester College)
    Lauren Milne is an assistant professor at Macalester College. Her research is on making programming more accessible for children with visual impairments. She will be doing a demo of Blocks4All, an iPad application she developed, which can be used to program the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop and which is accessible with VoiceOver and Switch Control.

  • AccessCSforAll, January 14, 2020
    Speakers: Andreas Stefik (Univ of Nevada Las Vegas)
    The Quorum Programming Language is the first evidenced-oriented programming language that was “born accessible” more than ten years ago. New is Quorum Studio, an accessible integrated development environment (IDE) to support programmers in Quorum. Quorum Studio is built on the same design principles as the language itself, making it accessible to users, including blind users who employ screen readers. In the first version, we have created a full development environment for editing, navigating, compiling, debugging, and executing applications, in addition to typical help features (e.g., highlighting, code completion, projects, updates) and accessibility features (e.g., smart zoom, smart navigation, a highly customized screen reading experience). Quorum Studio is also a platform for future accessible growth, with 3D visual level editing, still fully accessible even if the user is blind, coming in the summer of 2020 in Quorum Studio 2.

  • AccessCSforAll, November 14, 2019
    Julia Ferraioli (Google)
    By instituting good practices around code accessibility early on, you can foster an inclusive team that can run an accessible project. In addition to making your code base accessible to those with disabilities, these adaptations can make your project easier to navigate for everyone, new contributors and senior developers alike.

  • AccessCSforAll, May 09, 2019
    Speaker: Stephanie Ludi (University of North Texas)
    Block-based languages are a common way to engage novice programmers, especially children. However, accessibility is lacking. We will present our work in adding keyboard navigation and screen reader support to the Blockly framework to increase accessibility to block-based languages for persons with visual impairments.

  • AccessCSforAll, May 30, 2018
    Speaker: Emanuel Schanzer (Bootstrap)
    Learn more about what Bootstrap, an in-school curriculum and software package that teaches children programming skills, has done to improve the accessibility of their tools used in K-12 education.

  • CSForAll Consortium, October 24, 2017
    This community call features AccessCSForAll and exploring issues facing teachers and students with accessibility needs, including data on disabilities in K-12; introduces the basics of the Quorum Language; and shares resources and stories from the classroom.
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  • CSForAll Consortium, September 7, 2017
    This webinar explores real life examples, common barriers, and strategies practitioners and educators can use to ensure computer science education learning is meeting the needs of all students, including those who struggle academically or students with disabilities.
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  • DIAGRAM Center, March 15, 2017 
    Learn about the current K-12 computer science landscape, challenges in the field, especially regarding coding accessibility, and how inclusive design is making computer science more accessible while also contributing to the overall born accessible movement.
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  • CS10K Community, June, 7, 2015
    Computer science opens doors for all kinds of students! With simple strategy, we can increase the successful participation of students with disabilities in the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and Computer Science Principles (CSP) courses. Richard Ladner presents teaching strategies to include students with disabilities in computing classes and describes tools and curricula to help make that possible.

  • Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), February 13, 2014
    Learn about opportunities in computing and IT academic programs and career fields that can be pursued by students with disabilities. Hear about success stories, promising practices, and useful resources. See resources from this webinar on the EASI website.

  • Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), January 14, 2014
    Technology accessibility specialist Terrill Thompson shares a few simple steps that anyone can take to improve the accessibility and usability of their websites and electronic documents.
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  • Computer Science Collaboration Project, October, 23, 2012
    Learn how universal design has emerged as an approach to ensuring the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and how it can be applied in educational settings—to instruction, services, technology, and to physical spaces.
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  • National Girls Collaborative Project, June 5, 2012
    A fully accessible website is one in which all visitors, with or without disabilities, using a variety of devices, can easily find the information they're looking for and access all the features of the site. Learn some basic steps they can take to assess whether your website might be excluding particular groups of people. No prior knowledge is required.
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