n2y Creates Coding Activity with Code.org Specifically for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

November 29, 2018

HURON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 29, 2018--n2y was excited to have had the opportunity to work alongside Code.org, creator of the Hour of Code event held across the world, to create symbol-supported, accessible coding materials specifically for individuals with intellectual disabilities, making them one of the first in the industry to do so.

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Inspired by the Hour of Code, n2y created a symbol-supported coding activity for students with disabilities. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The materials can be found in the News-2-You newspaper and as an extended coding activity. The newspaper covers topics such as coding, coders and Computer Science Education Week. The paper also provides a craft, science experiment and comprehension activities that help reinforce the topic.

The extended activity solely focuses on coding. Students use problem-solving and the skills they learn in their core subjects to help the coding character Bitt Bott reach his goals through following directions. Additionally, a Certificate of Completion is available at the end of the coding activity so students who completed the activity can receive an award for their achievement.

Both materials are made accessible for individuals with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. The newspaper and the coding activity come in different levels of difficulty so all users can have an experience that fits their educational needs.

“We’re very excited about this project,” said Chrissy Wostmann, n2y CEO. “Code.org and n2y share similar core values - everyone has the opportunity to learn. Together, we’re able to share coding with individuals that haven’t had access to it previously.”

Code.org lent advice on coding activities and will feature n2y’s activity on its website.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

The newspaper will be available to News-2-You subscribers from Nov. 29, 2018 through Dec. 13, 2018. The coding activity and certificate will be a long-standing, downloadable feature in n2y eXtras! at n2y.com.

n2y hopes these accessible materials will help inspire individuals with disabilities to dive into technology and aid in the development of an interest in solving problems with logic and hard work.

About Code.org:

Code.org is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, Infosys Foundation USA, Amazon, and others. For more information, visit code.org.

About n2y:

n2y® is changing the lives of special educators and their students—seamlessly delivering a complete, differentiated instructional program tailored to help individuals with complex learning needs access the general education curriculum. n2y’s comprehensive, research-based solution frees educators to teach and empowers learning with standards-based academic content, powerful assessment and data collection, an accessible supplemental newspaper, dynamic symbol communication tools, skill-based learning games and a groundbreaking classroom management resource—all supported by best-in-class professional development. With n2y, everyone can learn. For more information on this award-winning solution, visit n2y.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

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