Programming and Computer Science to better prepare students with disabilities

Given the growing relevance of technology in today’s society, teaching students how to code in school has become more common, either in informal clubs or formal courses.

According to an article published by the Hufftington Post earlier in April 2016, coding may generate important benefits particularly for students with learning disabilities. Some of the main reasons for this are that programming skills provide these students with the opportunity to strengthen their proficiency in areas such as organization, higher order thinking, self-esteem, socialization and teamwork.

Based on information from the National Center for Learning Disorders, the article explains that many persons with disabilities suffer from low self-esteem issues. Coding skills offer a solution by building confidence and empowering them to be able to create something.

A good example of this is the New York based organization Tech Kids Unlimited that was created in 2009 with the purpose of empowering digital natives to create and develop with the support of technology tools. Another similar organization is the nonpareil Institute that provides technical training to students with autism with the purpose of supporting them to fulfill their main life goals. The efforts performed by these non-profit organizations are expected to increase the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the national labor force.

Additional Sources: Hufftington Post