Introducing the new accessible CS Principles curriculum

We’re excited to share that our partners have created a new modified version of our CS Principles curriculum for blind and visually-impaired students!

A sophomore at Northeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska works on a lesson in the accessible CS Principles curriculum. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Public Schools)

At this year’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), our research partners at AccessCSforAll shared their work to modify the curriculum to meet the needs of these students. This is a truly comprehensive project that involved everything from redesigning more accessible versions of widgets, to redesigning programming units to use the Quorum programming language, to making all virtual and printed resources support screen readers.

The result is a full curriculum that maps 1:1 to Code.org’s and offers robust supports to blind and visually impaired students.

If you believe this project would be useful in your school, we highly recommend you check out the curriculum and associated professional learning workshop offered by AccessCSforAll.

A student at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Wash. works on a lesson in the accessible CS Principles curriculum. (Photo courtesy of Washington State School for the Blind)

If your students have other needs, our partner Outlier Research has done extensive work on supporting students in our curriculum. Every lesson of the CS Principles curriculum includes detailed recommendations from the accessCSP project from Outlier Research on how activities can be supplemented and modified to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, including reading disorders, written expression disorders, math disorders, and language disorders.

You can find these recommendations linked directly from the lesson plan in the “Support” section.

A big thank you to AccessCSforAll, Quorum, and Outlier Research for adapting our curriculum so it better meets the needs of these CS students!