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Teachers from around the nation collaborate with academic coders to make computer programming accessible to the blind - 07/24/15
Why: Background
Computers and technology can provide unparalleled freedom for students who are blind and visually impaired; unfortunately, however, the field of computer programming has many barriers for K-12 and college students who are blind. Some dedicated inventors, coders, and teachers are working to remove these obstacles for students with disabilities.

What: The Event
The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) in Vancouver is hosting a weeklong workshop in partnership with Professor Andreas Stefik and his Quorum Outreach and Research Foundation (funded in part by the National Science Foundation) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) 2015 conference is now underway at WSSB. Professor Stefik invented Quorum and is dedicated to ensuring that the blind can use his program to create accessible programs and video/audio games and to compete in Legos Robotics competitions.

When: EPIQ Dates: 7/22 - 7/25 and 7/27-7/28.

Why: National/Local Tie-In
The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is Sunday 7/26. Our conference, project, and mission is a living celebration of the ADA spirit. http://adaanniversary.org/

We have 35 teachers from around the nation (many schools for the blind are represented) and 7 presenters/graduate students and Professor Stefik from UNLV.

Where
Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661

How
Quorum Programming Language on Facebook (photos and more)
https://www.facebook.com/quorumlanguage

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