Reimagining accessibility and inclusion for block-based programming in K-12 computer science education

A global telecommunications company was interested in conducting a literature review to inform internal accessibility efforts.


A global telecommunications company wanted to explore opportunities to support students with disabilities, their teachers, and other stakeholders in K-12 computer science (CS) education with a particular focus on block-based programming. To achieve this goal, research was needed to inform the scope of the K-12 CS education ecosystem and larger education system at large.


We conducted a literature review to assess the state of accessibility in K-12 computer science education and identify opportunities for improvement. Desk research consisted of scoping the current landscape of accessibility efforts in computer science education, evaluating the user experience of assistive technologies in the classroom, and identifying relevant stakeholders and ongoing research projects.


We produced a white paper for distribution internally and to select stakeholders. The white paper summarized the current landscape of assistive technologies used by students with disabilities and identified where the curriculum for block-based programming may not be able to accommodate a diverse range of users. Recommendations were made based on findings from the literature review.




Accessibility, Desk research, Expert Review