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Bringing Coding to Students with Visual Impairment

Students with visual impairment have an opportunity to learn to code through the use of robots and specially created lessons through the use of SAS® CodeSnaps, a free app that teaches the basics of coding. The initiative is a combined effort by the analytics firm SAS and programmable robot developer Sphero®. The CodeSnaps app encourages students to “work together, hands-on, to control Sphero BOLT, a programmable robot ball.” To adapt CodeSnaps for teachers of students with visual impairment, SAS worked with the Perkins School for the Blind. Adaptations included adding braille to code blocks and incorporating a tactile meter stick for students to measure distances. Read more about how SAS and Sphero bring coding to students with visual impairments.